- A young boy asked a tricky question to parliamentarians recently
- He said some children develop faster than others in terms of intelligence
- He therefore asked whether such children should be allowed to vote or not
A young South African boy posed a tricky but important question to parliamentarians that had them scratching their heads recently.
In a video shared on YouTube by "From South Africa," the unnamed boy argued that some children develop faster than others in terms of intelligence. He therefore asked:
What if a child studies all the changes political parties want to make, understands the depth of what they are doing, and has the voting intelligence of an adult, should we allow [him/her] to vote?
The boy continued to make a compelling argument:
If a child has surprisingly high intelligence but is still not allowed [to vote] just because of their age...it's not because of what's on the outside, it's because of what's on the inside.
His question drew applause from other kids and the members of parliament who were present.
The video has gone viral, racking up a massive 1.1 million views since it was first published on 11 July.
United Democratic Movement (UDM) MP, Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, responded to the young boy by saying:
It's a very pertinent question, but I think there would only be a few exceptional cases where young people would be ready to vote at a very young age. It's also intended to protect young people until they are at the right age to be making such decisions.
Watch a funny animated joke in the video below from our Briefly - South Africa YouTube channel.
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