Sibongiseni Ngcobo will be sworn in as the youngest Member of Parliament (MP) at 23 years of age. Ngcobo is 67 years younger than the oldest member, IFP's Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who is 90.
Ngcobo was born a year after South Africa’s first democratic elections, in Bulwer in Southern KwaZulu-Natal.
His interest in politics was sparked by seeing a poster of Cabinet ministers while he was in primary school. He then decided to learn more about the struggle for freedom. It developed into a full-blown consciousness after learning about struggle icons in history lessons.
He moved to Richmond as none of the high schools in Bulwer offered history as a subject choice.
The 23-year-old holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Law from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has also enrolled for an LLB.
Speaking to SABC News, he said:
“My experience here as a DA Councillor has been eye opening, together with my colleagues we have exposed corruption and maladministration happening in this municipality. We have also advocated for projects like Indaleni library. These are some of the achievements we have managed to achieve over the past two years.”
Ngcobo wants to use his platform to help fight high unemployment.
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