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Youth rocks: SA’s four youngest new MPs

31 May 2019
Author   Maryn Blignaut
A new generation has raised their hands and taken seat in the South African Parliament after being sworn in.
For far too long South Africans have been complaining about the country being run by an "old-age home".  However, the country received a breath of fresh air when several younger politicians were sworn in as Members of Parliament last week.
These four have a bright political future ahead of them.
1. ANC's Botshabelo Ntsube
At just 20, Ntsube is officially the youngest MP in South Africa.  He was sworn in last week after attending orientation programs in Cape Town on 21 May.
Ntsube, who hails from Botshabelo in the Free State, graduated grade 12 in 2018 and is currently studying towards a degree in Education in Bloemfontein.
2.  The Democratic Alliance’a (DA of South Africa) Sibongiseni Ngcobo Sibongiseni Ngcobo was sworn in as their youngest Member of Parliament
The philosophy, politics and law graduate is only 23-years-old.
3. EFF's Naledi Chirwa
The EFF's Naledi Chirwa (25) was one of the prominent figures in the #FeesMustFall protest three years ago.  Chirwa was studying drama at the University of Pretoria but her passion for free education led to her suspension from that institution.  Now, she works as the media and communications officer for the EFF student command.
4. ANC's Nompendulo Mkhatshwa Nompendulo Mkhatshwa shared her fellow MP, Naledi Chirwa's, passion for free education and she too was noticed in the 2016 #FeesMustFall protest.  However, the 25-year-old has never been shy about her love for the ANC and she joined the ruling party.
Mkhatshwa was the leader of the Student Representative Council at Wits University, where she studied towards a BSc degree.