24 May 2019

South Africa: 'I Don't Feel Pressure, I Feel Excited,' Says Youngest MP in the National Assembly

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Swearing-in ceremony of Members of Parliament in the National Assembly (file photo).
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At 23, Sibongiseni Ngcobo of the Democratic Alliance became the youngest member of the National Assembly when he took the oath of office before Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on Wednesday 22 May. Taking his seat in Parliament is a dream come true for the KwaZulu-Natal-born man.

Primary school classrooms are filled with colourful posters, maps of the world, and sometimes mathematic explanations. For Sibongiseni Ngcobo, one of these posters would spark a life-long desire which would lead him to a seat in South Africa's sixth Parliament.

"My teacher had a poster hanging in the classroom. The poster was a picture of Cabinet ministers... I told my teacher that I want to be one of those people. And I want to be one of those people who creates change," Ngcobo told Daily Maverick in an interview shortly after taking the oath of office in Parliament on 22 May 2019.

Ngcobo was born in Bulwer in southern KwaZulu-Natal in 1995, a year after South Africa's first democratic elections. And as early as Grade 6, he recalls how he began to take an interest in politics.

He can't recall who was on the poster, but says it was what created in him an...

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