Justus de Goede is the current Spokesperson for Social Development, as well as being a member of the Roads and Transport Portfolio Committee and principal DA member of the Privileges and Ethics.
Born in Johannesburg, went to school in the Eastern Cape and then attended the universities of Stellenbosch, Natal and Paris. Briefly taught French and English and joined the then Department of Foreign Affairs at the end of 1967. The next 31 years were spent working abroad in Asia, the Middle East and Europe, while accompanying several South African Heads of State and numerous delegations to Africa and attending a large number of international conferences. During this time, two sessions of Parliament were attended as a Departmental staff member. The last diplomatic assignment was as ambassador to Egypt.
Interpreting from English to French and vice versa was done for some 14 Heads of State and royalty.
In 1998, early retirement from what had become the Department of International Relations and Cooperation was followed by qualification as a National Tourist Guide, joining the DP and becoming a Councillor in the Tshwane Metro from 2000 to 2013.
He was nominated for the National Assembly in December 2013 and became a Member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislation after the May 2014 elections and DA Spokesperson for Transport until 2016.
Married with no children, living in the East of Pretoria, pastimes international politics, bringing some messages about South Africa’s future home to residents, savouring the new DA administration in the capital city and preparing to rule in 2019.