Nelson Mandela’s Great-Grandson Mayibuye Mandela Calls for Youth Parliament

Nelson Mandela’s Great-Grandson Mayibuye Mandela Calls for Youth Parliament

  • Nelson Mandela's great-grandchild, Mayibuye Mandela, wants the National Assembly to establish a Parliament for the young people
  • He posted an open letter on his Facebook page where he called for the government to reallocate money from other ministries to establish the Parliament
  • South Africans roasted him, and many accused him of using the Mandela name to profit from himself

Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, has covered policy changes, the State of the Nation Address, politician-related news and elections at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News for over seven years.

Mayibuye Mandela, Nelson Mandela's great-grandson, called for a youth parliament
Mayibuye Mandela wants the youth to have its own Parliament. Image: Mayibuye Melisizwe Mandela
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JOHANNESBURG — One of former statesman Nelson Mandela's great-grandchildren called for a youth parliament to be established and funded by redirecting funds from other departments.

Mandela's great-grandchild calls for Youth Parliament

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Mayibuye Mandela posted an open letter to the Speaker of the Assembly, Thoko Didiza. The letter was also directed to young people and the newly sworn-in Members of Parliament. He proposed a debate in the National Assembly to establish a Youth National Assembly and suggested that section 42 of the Constitution be amended to establish the Youth Parliament.

He also said the funds for the Parliament should be redirected from the Department of Youth and slammed the current minister of Youth, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. He said she failed to identify with the country's youth and that the department should be shut down.

South Africans turn his idea down

Netizens on Facebook gave his idea and open letter a thumbs down and suspected a more sinister motive.

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Thembela Hlatshwayo said:

"The Mandelas think this country belongs to them. Just because Tata Mandela was a great leader, it doesn't mean they are all destined to be great leaders."

Matthew Grace said:

"Learn to crawl, walk and gain wisdom before you decide or seek to have any influence."

Johann Weich said:

"He sees a gap. R1.2 million salary loading."

Senzo Bhane said:

"We can't be fooled by that surname."

RSA Citizen said:

"They also want a share of the loot."

Nelson Mandela to sell his ID book, SA disappointed

In a related article, Briefly News reported that Makaziwe, one of Nelson Mandela's daughters, is expected to sell his ID.

The sale's proceeds were set to erect a memorial garden in his hometown, but the country disapproved.

Source: Briefly News

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: