Former president of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Student Representative Council (SRC) Hlomela Bucwa is now South Africa’s youngest Member of Parliament.
Bucwa added another colourful feather to her star-studded crown on November 10 when she was sworn into Parliament alongside two other DA MPs.
The trio made it to the National Assembly following vacancies emanating from the August 3, 2016 local government election.
Following Bucwa’s remarkable feat, the smart lady now takes over the title of South Africa’s Youngest MP from Yusuf Cassim.
In a recent interview, she said she couldn’t contain her excitement and shock when she learned that she successfully scaled through the herculean selection processes – which included going through the Electoral College and selling her skills to a panel of over 30 people.
She added that another factor that saw her through was her party’s faith in her leadership abilities.
Hlomela Bucwa said: “I feel very privileged to be here and am also excited to be taking the voice of my constituency – young people – to a national platform. Mine has always been to champion youth issues and as a major constituency in our country, I’m humbled to be able to do this in Parliament as well”
On whether she is politically mature to face rival MPs, the young MP said she is not totally green-horned; adding that her time at NMMU and, in particular, her tenure as SRC president helped her in building up her political career.
She, however, admitted that her new job won’t be as easy as ABC. She promised to make meaningful contributions, “no matter how small.”
The MP said one of the biggest challenges facing the country’s youth is “a recall of existing problems”, which is largely centered on the fact that South Africa is an unequal society.
“We need to balance the scales. We have one of the most progressive and wonderful Bill of Rights, but it is very badly implemented,” she noted.
Hlomela Bucwa is in her early twenties and is currently a final year law student. She plans to take a year-long break from further studies to focus on her political work. The youngest MP hopes to pursue a Masters degree and enroll for tutelage to become an advocate later.
According to her, the zeal to fight for the rights of people and effect the change she wishes to see were what motivated her into studying Law.
Hlomela is yet to be assigned a portfolio in Parliament.