Natasha Mazzone is well-known for her ability to get straight to the point. She cornered Lynne Brown and grilled her over Eskom board appointments in 2017, and Malusi Gigaba has recently been on the receiving end of her questions.
On Tuesday, the Minister of Home Affairs received a grilling by members of Parliament regarding his alleged connections with the Gupta family and various contracts awarded to them during his tenure as public enterprises minister.
DA shadow minister of public enterprises, Natasha Mazzone, left Gigaba raw after their exchange, his testimony ripped to shreds by her no-nonsense approach.
Last year, during the state-capture debate in the chamber, Mazzone took the spotlight with her memorable "bring it on" speech about the "monster" of corruption.
"When those brave enough to take on the monster were caught by the beasts feeding it, they were systematically set aside and replaced by puppets and willing participants in this mad feeding frenzy... We say bring it on," she said.
Briefly.co.za presents three career facts that got Mazzone where she is today:
- Mazzone was born in Pretoria and began her political career in 1997 in the then-Democratic Party (now the Democratic Alliance). She was elected chairperson of the party's youth branch.
- In 2000, at the age of 21, she was appointed as a councillor in the Tshwane municipality, making her one of the youngest councillors in the country's history.
- Mazzone served the DA in several significant roles before becoming shadow minister of public enterprises. Her previous roles included shadow deputy minister of justice and constitutional development, and shadow minister of communications thereafter.
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