Lindiwe Mazibuko is a public leader, speaker, writer and academic fellow. She was the first black woman in South African history to be elected Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.
During her term in office, Mazibuko successfully held the ruling African National Congress (ANC) accountable for its record in national government by bringing issues as diverse as clean government, youth unemployment, LGBTI rights, constitutionalism and gender equality to the floor of the Assembly.
She was also the first political leader to bring national attention to allegations that the South African president had misappropriated public funds for personal use. She successfully prosecuted a Constitutional Court case against the Speaker of the National Assembly, vindicating the right of all Members of Parliament to move a motion of no confidence in the President of the Republic. This precedent was instrumental in enabling successive opposition leaders to engage in effective parliamentary oversight over the South African Presidency.
Mazibuko is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and an advisory committee member at Apolitical.