Congress of South African Students’ Western Cape Parliamentary Executive Committee Member, Lonwabo Ngcali, touched on the issue of ageism in Parliament, calling for younger MPs to pursue the youth’s agenda.
Lonwabo Ngcali addressed an issue that has come under the spotlight recently, as it relates to Parliament. Ngcali touched on ageism in Parliament and called for youth representation.
On Friday, 26 June 2020, he was quoted as saying, “National Parliament must not be viewed as a retirement village, it needs more young MPs to pursue the agenda of the youth.”
The matter has been a contentious topic as South Africans have highlighted that in a country where a large percentage of the population is the youth, meaning people under the age of 35, National Parliament is not representative of this. To many, it is unsettling that the majority of MPs are well into their 50s and 60s.
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“National Parliament must not be viewed as a retirement village, it needs more young MPs to pursue the agenda of the youth” – COSAS Western Cape PEC Member Lonwabo Ngcali addressing Youth Parliament plenary. #YouthParliament @IkamvaYouthSA @NYDARSA pic.twitter.com/smQhZznJqA
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