|Leader Helen Zille|
Preceded by Mmusi Maimane
Name Marius Redelinghuys
|Succeeded by Refiloe Ntsekhe|
Role South African Politician
Nationality South African
Education University of Pretoria
|Full Name Marius Helenis Redelinghuys|
Born 15 September 1987 (age 28) Middelburg, Transvaal Province (1987-09-15)
Political party COPE (2009 - 2011) DA (2011–present)
Residence Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
Alma mater University of Pretoria
Marius "Manqoba" Redelinghuys is a South African politician and a Member of Parliament for the Democratic Alliance (DA). He was first elected to the National Assembly on 7 May following the 2014 national elections. For a brief period he had also been one of two DA National Spokespersons
He is also the current chairperson of the Mandela Rhodes Community, an alumni network for the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship.
Early life and education
Redelinghuys was born in 1987 in Middelburg in what was then known as the Transvaal Province. He matriculated with distinction in 2005 at Hoërskool Brits in Brits, North West.
Redelinghuys obtained a BPolSci (Political Science) degree with distinction from the University of Pretoria in 2008. He was awarded a Mandela Rhodes Scholarship in 2009 to complete his BA (Hons) Political Studies degree, which obtained in the same year, also with distinction.
At first Redelinghuys pursued a career in academia, tutoring at the University of Pretoria and later lecturing at the Midrand Graduate Institute in Midrand, Johannesburg.
At this time, Redelinghuys was also actively involved in the Congress of the People in various roles, and was ultimately appointed as the National Spokesperson for its Youth Movement.
In October 2011, following his resignation from COPE, he took up the position of Parliamentary Research and Communications Officer for the Democratic Alliance in Cape Town, specifically working on the Security Cluster, which included the Ministries of Police, Justice and Constitutional Development, State Security, Defence and Military Veterans, and Correctional Services.
Eight months later, Redelinghuys was appointed the Director of Communications and Research for the DA in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, a position that he held for approximately two years until his election to Parliament in May 2014.
Redelinghuys first became involved in party politics during the 2006 local government elections and was actively involved in student politics while still at university, serving as a Member of the Student Parliament in 2009
In the 2011 local government elections he unsuccessfully stood as a Congress of the People candidate for City of Tshwane ward 65, which is located in Centurion and mainly covers Irene.
Redelinghuys stood as a DA parliamentary candidate from Gauteng in the 2014 national elections, and was subsequently elected to the National Assembly and sworn in on 21 May 2014.
On 30 May 2014, DA Federal Executive Chairperson James Selfe announced that he was appointed, along with fellow Member of Parliament Phumzile van Damme, as one of two National Spokespersons for the party following the election of National Spokesperson Mmusi Maimane as Parliamentary Leader. According to Selfe, "the appointment of two national spokespeople was deemed necessary in light of the growth of the DA in the 7 May general elections and the increased need to reach a broader spectrum of South African society".
On 8 December 2014, Redelinghuys posted an article on his Facebook page under the heading "Blacks are right to mistrust whites". On 28 June 2015, a politician of the Freedom Front Plus picked up on this and posted it on his own Facebook page. This he followed up on 3 July 2015 with a question via a tweet to the DA leadership regarding their position on Redelinghuys' views. After numerous retweets, the DA leader Mmusi Maimane appointed a new second national spokesperson in Refiloe Ntsekhe to take over from Redelinghuys.
In November 2014 Redelinghuys married Steven Hussey, a fellow Mandela Rhodes Scholar, and currently lives in Gauteng.