Nicole Graham eThekwini

The DA in eThekwini’s Nicole Graham
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Nicole Graham resigns from the DA ‘to further her studies’ abroad

DA leader in the eThekwini Council, Nicole Graham has resigned to further he studies abroad.

Nicole Graham eThekwini

The DA in eThekwini’s Nicole Graham
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Leader of the Democratic Alliance in the eThekwini Council, Nicole Graham has resigned from the party to further her studies abroad. 

In the 2021 local government elections, Graham went head to head with Mxolisi Kaunda for the position of mayor in the City of eThekwini. 


 Graham who joined the DA when she was only 17-years-old said professionally, academically and personally it is time to move on even though the decision was difficult and complex to make. 

Graham has reportedly been accepted to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Leadership and Enterprise  at the University of Sydney. 

“The highlight of this journey  has been being elected to lead the DA eThekwini team on two occasions. This has made me a member of the eThekwini Municipality’s Executive Committee since 2018 – a role that I have cherished and embraced. 

“I would like to thank the residents of eThekwini who have supported me and the DA. Politicians can quickly lose sight of what it is we actually are elected to do; represent and fight for ordinary people. You have kept me accountable , focused and fighting for what matters.” 

Nicole Graham


Here are a few facts we have gathered about Graham.

  • Graham has worked full-time as an eThekwini Municipality executive committee member since March 2018 until the present.
  • She is DA’s caucus leader for eThekwini Municipality and was recently beaten by Francois Rodgers in the party’s election for provincial leader.
  • She has served for more than ten years as a full time councillor in the eThekwini Municipality and has worked as ward councillor in suburbs including Glenwood and Umbilo 
  • She is originally from the Bluff where she matriculated at Grosvenor Girls High School.
  • She studied politics and law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts: Political Science And Legal Studies.
  • Graham was selected to participate in numerous global leadership programs, namely the Swedish “Women’s Political Leadership” course hosted by the ICLD; the US’s American Council of Young Political Leaders’ Exchange and Freedom House’s “Empowerment of a New Generation of Leaders in Southern Africa”. She is a graduate of the DA Young Leaders’ Program (2010).
  • Graham is also an accomplished university British Parliamentary debater, ranking 8th at the Pan-African University Debate Competition in 2011.

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