At 21-years-old Karabo Khakhau of the Democratic Alliance is excited to become the youngest ever member of Free State Provincial Legislature. This as new members were sworn in as the 6th democratic provincial legislature on Wednesday at the Fourth Raadsaal in Bloemfontein. The young politician expressed that above all else she would prioritise youth issues in the Free State.
“This is both an exciting and humbling opportunity,” said Khakhau. “It is also a great responsibility because young people have for a very long time been silenced along with women in general. They occupy spaces where their voices have not been taken seriously,” she said.
Khakhau makes up part of six members of the DA who will be in legislature. This comes after the opposition party gained one more seat as a result of the General Elections earlier this month. Along with youth issues she will be involved in portfolios that affect the departments of Public Works and Infrastructure as well as Police, Roads and Transport.
“We as the Democratic Alliance believe that the future of the country depends on young people. As a result we believe that primarily the capacity of young people to succeed they need access to free training, access to employment channels, quality education and business opportunities,” explained Khakhau.
As an example of a young person in a position of power the politician pronounced that young people in the province are tired of being the outliers in society. “We are tired of always being in the peripheries of economic, social and political membranes. It is about time that we have a Free State government that not only opens up doors for the inclusion of young people,” said Khakhau.
Members of various legislatures were sworn in during the first sittings of these legislative bodies on Wednesday. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele