Our People


Zwakele Mncwango

Provincial Leader

Born and raised in KwaNongoma, Zwakele Mncwango matriculated from King Bhezulu High School before moving to Durban to further his studies.

Zwakele completed his B-TECH in Electrical Engineering before turning his focus towards a Bachelor of Technology in Business Administration. He then went on to complete a Strategic Planning course in 2012 and a Political Leadership course in 2015 both at the International Academy for Leadership (IAF) in Germany. In 2014 he graduated from the Graduate School in the USA, where he studied a course on Good Governance and Transparency. Zwakele’s passion for learning has not yet been satisfied, as he continues to expand his knowledge while completing his final year towards a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at UKZN.

Zwakele currently serves as a councillor in eThekwini Municipality, as well as on the Executive Committee and in April 2015 was voted in as the Leader of the official opposition in KwaZulu-Natal, the Democratic Alliance. Zwakele has worked relentlessly in the province recruiting members, working during registrations and elections and represented the party at meetings, forums, canvassing and political debates. He has been a member of the KZN Youth Parliament since 2006 and has participated in a number of different youth clusters and commissions, where he has been involved in different debates around issues of Youth development. Zwakele also works as a member of the Provincial Management Committee which improves and implements the DA principles and policies.

During his time at the DA, Zwakele held different positions such as the Vice-chair of a Branch; a member of the Constituency Executive; the DA KZN Youth Leader; DA KZN Provincial Vice-chairperson and currently holds the following positions: DA Caucus Leader in eThekwini Municipality; KZN Deputy ADAC Chairperson; Member of Provincial Executive Committee(PEC); Member of Provincial Management Committee(PMC) and most recently the DA KZN Provincial leader.

Zwakele is a team leader, who communicates effectively while using his ability to listen to others. He stands strong in his decisions and helps guide others to achieve these goals. He maintains an open mind set to various ideas, needs and feelings of his colleagues and always strives for unity among team members, while encouraging open discussion on issues and matters of concern. Zwakele strategises well and sets long term objectives and implements plans on how best to achieve them.

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Deputy Provincial Leader

Mergan K Chetty was born in Pietermaritzburg on the 17 January 1968. He hails from the prominent Chetty Family who were pioneers in Raisethorpe, Pietermaritzburg. He attended Deccan Road Primary and after matriculating at Raisethorpe Secondary School, he joined the family business. He was instrumental in assisting expand the family business, which was the famous Taj Mahal Hotel, which was affectionately known as the sportsmen’s roundevous for SACOS affiliated sports. The expansion resulted in the establishment of the Taj Group of Companies.

His family roots were deeply embedded in the struggle to achieve recognition for Non Racial Sport in South Africa. This resulted in the formation of Real Taj Sports, which catered for Soccer ( FPL/NSL ), Volleyball, Eight Ball Pool, Darts, Hockey and Netball.
His passion for the upliftment of his community and fighting the injustices of apartheid, especially in the sporting arena, led to his decision to enter the political terrain. He was first elected as the ANC Ward Councillor in 2006, serving together with his late dad.

After he became disillusioned with the corruption and direction that the ANC was heading in, he resigned as a sitting Councillor before the end of his term and was recruited by Sizwe Mchunu MPL to join the DA. He stood as a candidate in the 2011 Local Government elections and succeeded  in increasing the DA’s support and converted residents of the Northern Areas of Pietermaritzburg from the ANC to the DA.

From 2011 to 2014, he served as a Councillor on the Executive Committee of the Msunduzi Municipality, Deputy Whip of the DA Caucus and the DA’s Finance Spokesperson. He also served on the DA Provincial structures as a member of the PMC and PEC.
In 2014 NPE he was elected to serve the DA as a Member Of Parliament in the National Council Of Provinces and is the DA’s CoGTA (Local Government) Spokesperson.

He attributes all that he has achieved in his life to the strong support he received from his family and community.

At the KZN Congress in Richards Bay, this year, Mergan was elected unopposed, as the KZN DEPUTY LEADER.


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Provincial Chairperson

Francois Rodgers was born in Pietermaritzburg on the 10th September 1961. He schooled at Cowan House and Pietermaritzburg College. He joined the Receiver of Revenue and was appointed to the team that commenced with the implementation of Sales Tax and PAYE auditing and investigations.

He moved to Kokstad in 1986 to start his own business and has been involved in various business ventures since then, from the hospitality and retail trade to property development.

His community involvement is an unrivalled distinction, having served as Chairperson on: Kokstad Child and Family Welfare, Usher Memorial Hospital, Holy Cross Pre Primary and St Patricks College, where he was instrumental in establishing Kokstad’s prestigious independent school.
He was also instrumental in reviving the Kokstad Music and Drama society, producing and acting in numerous productions.
Francois was also a founder member and President of the Kokstad Business Chamber for two years.

He became a DA Councillor in Kokstad in 1996, having chaired: Finance, Planning and Development, Audit, Governance, Water Crisis committees and an executive member during these 19 years.
In 2011 at the inaugural meeting of ADAC in KZN Francois was elected as Chairperson of ADAC and in 2012, Francois was appointed to represent KZN in the National Assembly as Deputy Shadow Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs.
He was elected the Deputy Leader of the Democratic Alliance in KZN  and is now a member of the KZN Legislature, serving as spokesperson on Finance and Agriculture and Rural development and subsequently Public Works.

At the recent DA Provincial Council Francois was elected as Provincial Finance Chairperson.
He was most recently elected to lead the DA caucus in the KZN Legislature and as such is the leader of the opposition, his portfolios are now Finance, Premier and Royal Household. He is currently studying toward his Master’s in Public Governance at Wits University.
Francois is married to Rita and has two daughters, Natalie and Hayley.

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Mmusi Maimane

Leader of the Democratic Alliance

Mmusi Maimane is a young and talented individual, committed to and exemplifying the values and principles which define the DA’s vision of an Open Opportunity Society for All.

Mmusi grew up in Soweto, and lived there most of his life. Through sacrifice, hard work, and a desire to use every opportunity afforded him, he has been building an impressive career in business and has dedicated himself to community work in various ways.

Mmusi worked as a business consultant and trainer with a number of firms in South Africa and internationally. He also lectures at the GIBS Business Institute.

In addition, he is a philanthropist and chairs a number of NGO boards. The foundations he is involved with are primarily focused on HIV/AIDS and rural and youth development.

Mmusi has quickly established himself as a strong leader in the DA. He holds a masters degree in theology, a masters degree in public administration and speaks 7 South African languages fluently.

Mmusi is currently the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and the DA’s Federal Leader. He was formerly the DA’s Deputy Federal Chairperson, DA National Spokesperson and the DA Caucus in the City of Johannesburg Municipal Council.

Mmusi is married, and has two children – a daughter and a son.