South Africa’s Youngest Member of Parliament is Sworn In

Itumeleng Ntsube, speaking in the mic,  speaks to reporters shortly after being sworn into office.

Itumeleng Ntsube, of South Africa, speaking in the mic, speaks to reporters shortly after being sworn into office.

By Shujaa Kwanzaa

According to international news reports, South Africa’s youngest member of Parliament, Itumeleng Ntsube, was sworn into office Thursday, May 23, 2019.

Parliament’s youngest member has some radical expectations like the nationalization of all private schools in South Africa.

Twenty-year-old Itumeleng Ntsube is not only the youngest in the 90-member National Council of Provinces, he is also younger than any other member of the National Assembly.

Ntsube matriculated in 2018 and is studying towards a degree in education in Bloemfontein.

According to reports he called for the free education and other policy shifts, including nationalization.

“Parliament and government must declare free education and nationalize all the private schools in South Africa,” he said.

African National Congress (ANC) spokesperson Pule Mabe said sending Ntsube and other young MPs to Parliament was part of the party’s strategy to train lawmakers from a young age.

“Where else are they going to get experience if we don’t deliberately invest in the young people? It was a deliberate act, OR(Oliver Reginald) Tambo once said that a country that doesn’t nurture its youth doesn’t deserve its future,” Mabe said.

After being sworn in this week, MPs will head back to their provinces before the State of the Nation Address on June 20, which will signal the official opening of the sixth Parliament.

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