Renaldo Gouws

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Renaldo Gouws
Councillor Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality
Assumed office
18 August 2016
Spokesperson for Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture for the Democratic Alliance Nelson Mandela Bay
Assumed office
1 August 2019
Preceded byJonothan Lawack
Provincial Council Member for the Democratic Alliance Eastern Cape
Assumed office
29 August 2020
Personal details
Born (1983-05-02) 2 May 1983 (age 38)
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Political partyDemocratic Alliance
Spouse(s)Laurynne Meyer ​(m. 2014)
EducationMasters Degree in Industrial Psychology
Alma materNelson Mandela University
Occupation
  • Politician
  • Spokesperson

Renaldo Gouws (born 2 May 1983) is a South African politician for the Democratic Alliance (DA), Spokesperson for Economic Development. Tourism and Agriculture in Nelson Mandela Bay, a Member to Provincial Council in the Eastern Cape for the DA and an Industrial Psychologist.

Early life and education

Gouws was born in the small town of Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, he attended Die Brandwag Hoërskool. He furthered his education at the Nelson Mandela University. He obtained his Masters Degree in Industrial Psychology in 2010.[1] He currently does consultation work as an Industrial Psychologist.

Political career

Gouws joined the DA in 2012. His political career began when he became the branch chairperson of Ward 2 in Nelson Mandela Bay in 2012. Gouws graduated in 2012 from the Provincial Young Leaders Program and the National Young Leadership Program in 2013. In 2016 he ranked high enough on the PR list for the DA to secure a seat for the Nelson Mandela Municipality Council. In 2019 a vacancy opened up in Ward 2 of Nelson Mandela Bay and after becoming the successful candidate [2] for the ward the DA managed to obtain 94% of the vote in the by-election.[3][4]

Gouws still serves in this capacity for the DA in Nelson Mandela Bay. Gouws was also elected to serve as the Spokesperson for Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture for the DA in Nelson Mandela Bay.[5] He has served in this position from 2019 when Athol Trollip resigned as the caucus leader for the DA in Nelson Mandela Bay and was replaced by Jonothan Lawack who compiled his spokespeople to lead the DA from the opposition benches.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gouws with his caucus leadership formulated a plan that would assist in turning the metro around.[6] Some elements of this plan have been adopted by the ANC government in the metro. Gouws was elected as a Member of Provincial Council during the DA Eastern Cape's Virtual Congress. It was the first time any political party in Africa had their congress via digital means.

Andile Lungisa Jug Incident (2016)

During a council meeting in Nelson Mandela Bay in 2016, a brawl broke out that lead to glass jugs being thrown around injuring people.[7] Andile Lungisa broke a glass jug over a fellow councillors head and was arrested for Grievous bodily harm. The footage of the incident was taken by Gouws[8] which lead to a successful conviction.[9][10][11] Andile Lungisa has however referred the matter back to the court in order to appeal his sentence but is not allowed to appeal his judgement.[12] On the 9th of September 2020 the Supreme Court of Appeals read out their verdict and they upheld the previous sentencing from the initial court judgement that means that he will be serving 2 years in jail with the 3rd year being suspended. He started serving his two year jail term on the 17th of September 2020 at the Port Elizabeth Correctional Centre in North End.[13][14] He has however appealed to the Constitutional Court to overturn his sentence but not his conviction.[15]

Social media

Gouws is often quoted by mainstream media outlets regarding his opinion on pertinent topics in South Africa.[16][17][18][19][20] He is known for his Youtube channel which he started in 2009. His videos focus on current events in South Africa and mostly focus on the political aspect of South Africa. He also does a debate show which is called the Sunday Service, in which he speaks to senior politicians, celebrities and thought leaders about South Africa.

Personal life

Gouws is a fluent speaker of Afrikaans and English. He has no children. He married Laurynne Meyer on 20 September 2014 in Port Elizabeth.

In the media

  

References

  1. "Masters Degree Dissertation". Seals. 2010.
  2. "DA Nelson Mandela Bay picks Renaldo Gouws as candidate for Ward 2 by-election". RNews. 7 Feb 2019.
  3. "DA's Renaldo Gouws in a resounding win in Ward 2 by-election". RNews. 7 March 2019.
  4. "DA retains control in Ward 2 by-election". TheHerald. 7 March 2019.
  5. "Let's move Nelson Mandela Bay forward again". The Herald. 10 Jul 2020.
  6. "DA urges a rates holiday to help businesses affected by coronavirus". The Herald. 10 Jul 2020.
  7. "DA, ANC COUNCILLORS IN HOSPITAL AFTER MANDELA BAY COUNCIL MEETING BRAWL". The Herald. 10 Jul 2020.
  8. "Accused in council 'water jug' assault case takes the stand". TimesLive. 19 March 2018.
  9. "Andile Lungisa assault trial: Damning video played in court". News24. 22 Jan 2018.
  10. "Andile Lungisa gets two years in jail for assault". Mail&Guardian. 9 May 2018.
  11. "Andile Lungisa gets two years in jail for assault". News24. 9 May 2018.
  12. "Andile Lungisa turns to SCA in bid to stay out of jail". IOL. 2 Apr 2019.
  13. "Disgraced Eastern Cape ANC Councillor Andile Lungisa starts prison sentence". Daily Maverick. 17 September 2020.
  14. "Andile Lungisa maintains innocence as he enters prison, hits out at judges". News24. 18 September 2020.
  15. "Lungisa takes fight against assault conviction to ConCourt". The Citizen. 14 September 2020.
  16. "DA councillor says 57 people die every day in SA because they 'can't arm themselves'". The Citizen. 5 Aug 2019.
  17. "Mzansi divided as YouTuber calls Malema a 'puppet'". TimesLive. 16 Sep 2019.
  18. "A phenomenal doctor, a YouTuber and two researchers walk into the DA - six DA candidates you may not know". TimesLive. 17 Mar 2019.
  19. "'Six figures for a campaign': SA's YouTube vloggers are coining it". Sunday Times. 19 May 2019.
  20. "Bizarre ANC faux-pas drags small Irish town into the 2019 Elections". The Sunday African. 16 Mar 2019.

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