Natasha Mazzone is the DA’s new chief whip in parliament. She replaces John Steenhuisen who was elected new party leader of the party last weekend.
Steenhuisen was unopposed as the DA’s parliamentary leader last weekend after Mmusi Maimane resigned as a DA leader and a day later as a parliamentary leader in a dramatic way. He is no longer a DA member either.
Jacques Julius, deputy chief whip, will remain in the post after serving as an acting chief whip until Mazzone’s appointment.
DA spokeswoman Solly Malatsi has been appointed as parliamentary adviser by Steenhuisen. Steenhuisen said in a statement on Thursday that Mazzone, who has been a DA MP for the past ten years, brings the ideal balance of “wisdom, persistence and good judgment” to the essential position. According to him, during her tenure as the public spokeswoman for DA, she worked tirelessly to strengthen democracy in the country by leading the DA’s efforts to expose corruption and maladministration at state entities.