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James Selfe (born 23 August 1955) is a South African politician, a Member of Parliament for the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), and the party's Federal Executive Chairperson.[1] He is also the party's Shadow Minister of Correctional Services.

James Selfe

James Selfe, Member of Parliament.jpg
Shadow Minister of Correctional Services
Assumed office
LeaderTony Leon
Helen Zille
Mmusi Maimane
Preceded by???
Member of Parliament
for Western Cape
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1955-08-23) 23 August 1955 (age 63)
Pretoria, Transvaal Province, Union of South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Political partyDemocratic Alliance
Spouse(s)Sheila Selfe
ChildrenStephanie, Chloe and Emma Selfe
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town


Education and early careerEdit

Selfe was born in Pretoria, and attended Diocesan College and the University of Cape Town.[2] After earning a master's degree, Selfe worked between 1979 and 1988 as a researcher for the Progressive Federal Party, the forerunner to today's Democratic Alliance. He became the party's communications director in 1988, and a member of the President's Council a year later. In 1992 he became an executive director of the party.[2]

Parliamentary careerEdit

Selfe was elected to the Senate - later National Council of Provinces - in 1994. In 1999 he stayed in parliament, but moved to the National Assembly.[2] He has remained a member of parliament since then, and is currently the party's correctional services spokesperson, in addition to being chair of the DA Federal Executive.[2]

In April 2009, Selfe filed the DA's founding affidavit in the Pretoria High Court for a judicial review of the National Prosecuting Authority's decision to drop charges against presidential front runner Jacob Zuma.[3]

He is a member of the parliamentary committee for Social Affairs.


  1. ^ "DA initiates court action to enable South Africans living abroad to vote".
  2. ^ a b c d "Mr James Selfe". Archived from the original on 7 March 2009.
  3. ^ "DA files against Zuma decision (documents)". Archived from the original on 11 April 2009.

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Offices heldEdit

Political offices South African Shadow Minister of Correctional Services