Mike Waters (politician)

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Mike Waters
Mike Waters DA MP.jpg
Opposition Deputy Chief Whip in the National Assembly
Assumed office
Leader Helen Zille
Preceded by Sandy Kalyan
Shadow Minister of Social Development
In office
Preceded by Patricia Kopane
Succeeded by Patricia Kopane
Shadow Minister of Health
Succeeded by Patricia Kopane
Member of Parliament
for Kempton Park & Edenvale, Gauteng
Assumed office
May 1999
Personal details
Born (1967-06-30) 30 June 1967 (age 49)
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Nationality South African
Political party Democratic Alliance
Alma mater Technikon Witwatersrand

Mike Waters (born 30 June 1967) is a South African politician, and Member of Parliament for the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), where he serves as the Shadow Deputy Chief Whip.[1] He has served as the Shadow Minister of Health [2] and as the Shadow Minister of Social Development.

Early life[edit]

Mike Waters attended Bedfordview High School before attaining a diploma in Human Resources from Technikon Witwatersrand. He joined the Democratic Party in 1989, and became president of the DP National Youth in 1994.[3]

Political career[edit]

Waters began his professional political career on the Kempton Park town council, winning a landmark by-election against the National Party in 1997. He was elected to Parliament in 1999, and subsequently was appointed DA spokesperson on Child Abuse. In 2004 he became Social Development spokesperson.[3] He succeeded Gareth Morgan as Shadow Health Minister in 2006, a position he held until 2012.

Policy issues[edit]

AIDS policy[edit]

Waters has been a vocal critic of the African National Congress's health policies, particularly those of controversial former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.

Child abuse[edit]

As the DA's spokesperson on child abuse, Waters visited all 45 child protection units in South Africa during 2002. The following year he visited all 48 sexual offences units.[3] He was vocally critical of the ruling ANC's decision to disband the amalgamated Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences units in 2006.[4]

National Health Insurance[edit]

Waters has publicly criticised the ANC's proposed national health insurance scheme. He has labeled the plan anti-poor and irresponsible:


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Offices held[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Gareth Morgan
South African Shadow Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Patricia Kopane