Young lead­ers breathe new life into South Africa’s pol­i­tics

ANC’s ris­ing stars to face off against op­po­si­tion hot­shots

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Neo Goba

Fol­low­ing the elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa a year ago, the hopes of many South Africans were re­vived as we were saved from an­other term of hell from the Zup­tas.

It is com­mon knowl­edge that when the ANC pres­i­dent was elected, many in the corner of for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma were un­com­fort­able and unhappy.

Ramaphosa has played his cards close to his chest over the past few months and elected young lead­ers in key po­si­tions.

If the wave of suc­cess that car­ried women to elected of­fice last year flows into this year, fe­male politi­cians across all po­lit­i­cal par­ties will rise through the ranks like never be­fore af­ter the elec­tions.

The na­tional elec­tions are due to take place in May and with the con­clu­sion of list con­fer­ences this past week, there might be a rise in the num­ber of women who will be de­ployed in both na­tional and provin­cial leg­is­la­tures.

In the ANC, the coun­try will have to look out for newly ap­pointed min­is­ter of com­mu­ni­ca­tions Stella Nd­abeni-Abra­hams, from Sakhela vil­lage in Mthatha, Eastern Cape.

In 2009, she was elected as an MP and was a mem­ber of the ANC Youth League in the days of Julius Malema, Fik­ile Mbalula and Ron­ald Lamola.

At just 34, Nd­abeni-Abra­hams be­came the youngest deputy min­is­ter in Zuma’s pres­i­dency back in 2011. Now

/ Alais­ter Rus­sell

Stella Nd­abeni-Abra­hams is con­grat­u­lated by Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa af­ter her ap­point­ment as the new com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter.

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