Parliament full of youthful members

Adv Pansy Tlakula the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission, 16 May 2014 at the ceremony held at Constitution Hill to mark the handover of the lists of names of representatives in the legislatures to the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and Dept Secretary of Parliament Ms Baby Tyawa. Picture: Valentina Nicol

Parliament will be graced by a string of young people who will be representing their political parties for the first time, following the May 7 elections.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and DA’s national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane, are two of the youthful figures who will have first-time experience of debating policies in the National Assembly.

Others include EFF senior member Magdalene Moonsamy and Phumzile van Damme of the DA. National Freedom Party leader Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi is one of the older leaders representing her party for the first time.

Moonsamy yesterday expressed joy at relocating to the Mother City, saying she was looking forward to making a contribution that would bring about economic change.

“I am excited and enthusiastic. This is an opportunity I have always been waiting for and I thank the South Africans for voting EFF,” Moonsamy said.

Van Damme was the media liaison officer of former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko.

She told Saturday Citizen her efforts of working her way up the party’s small structures had finally paid off.

“I worked very hard to be here and I thank the DA members for showing confidence in me. I am looking forward to representing my fellow youth in Parliament,” Van Damme said.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng yesterday received the list of 830 names of those who will be representing their political parties in Parliament and provincial legislatures from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

The list was handed over to him by IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula at a gathering at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg.

“These individuals are expected to represent all the people of South Africa, whether they voted or not – and if they did vote, irrespective of the party they voted for,” Tlakula said.

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