Minister Debbie Schäfer is the Provincial Minister for Education in the Western Cape Government.
She is a qualified attorney and conveyancer, and served as Shadow Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development in the National Assembly for the Democratic Alliance from 2010 – 2014, and Shadow Deputy Minister of Police from 2009-2010. During the same period she served as a National Assembly representative on the Magistrates Commission.
Minister Schäfer also served as a City Councillor for Ward 62 (Constantia/Wynberg) and then Ward 73 (Bergvliet/ Meadowridge/ Diep River/ Plumstead) from 2002 to 2009.
She has served as a Deputy Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance Regional Executive in the City of Cape Town and was a member of the DA Provincial Disciplinary Committee. Until her appointment to this position, she was the Registrar of the DA Federal Legal Commission.
Minister Schäfer holds the degrees of BA, majoring in English and Psychology, and an LLB, both from the University of Cape Town.
She has served on the school governing body of her daughters’ primary school and as a member of False Bay College Council until 2013.