|Leader Mmusi Maimane|
Nationality South African
Spouse Clyde Michael
Preceded by Manie Van Dyk
Education University of Pretoria
|Preceded by Niekie van den Berg|
Name Natasha Mazzone
Party Democratic Alliance
Succeeded by Marian Shinn
Role South African Politician
Political party Democratic Alliance
DA's Natasha Mazzone unpacks the 2019 election, Eskom, coalitions and immigration
Natasha Mazzone is a South African politician, a Member of the South African Parliament with the Democratic Alliance (South Africa) and the Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises.
- DAs Natasha Mazzone unpacks the 2019 election Eskom coalitions and immigration
- Early life and education
Early life and education
Mazzone is the child of immigrant parents. He father Giovanni was born in Pietrastornina in the province of Avellino, very near Naples in Italy. Her mother Valerie was born in London, England. Mazzone is the youngest of three children and has a brother and a sister. She attended Sunnyside Primary School and The Glen High School.
Mazzone studied for law degree from the University of Pretoria but did not complete the degree.
Mazzone started her political career in 1997 at the University of Pretoria (UP) where she was the chairperson of the Democratic Party (DP) Youth branch. In 1998, she was elected as the National Federal Youth Leader of the DP. In the same year, she was elected to the Student Representative Council at UP and was the Executive member for Student Safety. In 1999, Mazzone was elected as the Speaker of the UP SRC. In 2000, the Democratic Alliance (DA) was formed and the DP formed part of this merger. She was then elected as the National Federal Youth Leader of the DA, a position she held until 2004.
In 2000, Mazzone stood for election as a city councillor in the Tshwane Metro. In December, she was elected and at age 21 was the youngest councillor in the Metro. In 2003, the DA caucus in the Metro elected Mazzone to the position of Chief Whip of the Official Opposition and she held this position until her election to Parliament in May 2009.
Mazzone was elected to Parliament on 6 May 2009. She was first made the Shadow Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development. During the first Shadow cabinet reshuffle Mazzone was made the Shadow Minister of Communications. She held this position until the second cabinet reshuffle during which she was made the Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises. In the 5th Parliament (elected 27 May 2014), she remains Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises.