The ANC this week made good on its pledge to accelerate youth representation by appointing Itumeleng Ntsube, 20, from Botshabelo in Mangaung as its one of its legislators, triggering wild celebrations across the country.
Ntsube, who is from the ranks of the radical student movement Congress of South African Students, (Cosas) made history when he became South Africa’s youngest Member of Parliament.
Cosas was founded during the days of apartheid defiance in the 1980’s. Ntsube had risen through the ranks of the movement to become provincial chairperson, a position he held until he was plucked to serve in the country’s sixth parliament.
After matriculating in 2018 from Ntemoseng Secondary School in Botshabelo, the young MPL enrolled at the Central University of Technology where he is pursuing a degree in education.
Together with the rest of the 400 MPs, Ntsube was inducted in the august house during the week in Cape Town, where he plans to shift his studies to in order to be near parliament.
His elevation to parliament has been described as an injection of young blood that will work strongly for the interests of the youth and students in general.
ANC Youth League Free State spokesperson Sello Pietersen said young people in the province have always known that the party has confidence in its own offspring.
He said taking Ntsube, who goes by the alias political pseudonym ‘Vutha’ to parliament, is an indication of the seriousness with which the ANC regard its young leaders.
He added the league had resolved to ensure their 20 percent stake representation in all structures of the ANC including the national assembly, provincial government executive committees and councils, is fulfilled.
“This is a demonstration of the achievement of our objectives in rejuvenating the space of parliament. The militancy with which our young deployees are coming will go a long way in terms of better articulating issues which trouble young people, including the need for free education. Just as we have said, nothing about us without us,” noted Pietersen.
The ANC youth league in the Free State wish Ntsube well in functioning with a collective of other party deployees to achieve the implementation of the resolutions of the movement’s Nasrec policy and elective conference on radical economic transformation and the nationalisation of the reserve bank and mines.
“As the youth league we are really delighted at the inclusion of one of our own in this sixth parliament of our people. It supports our stance that young people are the future and that they should play a meaningful role in terms of shaping that very future,” the spokesperson said.
Ntsube’s colleagues in Cosas were also beside themselves with joy and celebrating following his appointment.
Cosas Gauteng provincial chairman Masithembe Maqwara told The Weekly in a telephonic interview students in Gauteng are excited by the young leader’s deployment.
“As an organisation we are very much excited that the ANC has decided to include young people in its list of parliamentarians. We are particularly pleased that the ANC is taking these young people from Cosas, making us hopeful that a correct view of the interests of young people will be better expressed within the corridors of power,” he said.
ANC deputy provincial chair William Kwekwe Bulwane, who was also sworn in as an MP in the province, expressed his happiness at Ntsube’s deployment, wishing him well in his new responsibilities.