Higher education and the country’s finances are uppermost in the portfolios held by the country’s two youngest MPs‚ Hlomela Bucwa and Gwen Ngwenya‚ both of whom are former student leaders now representing DA voters. The Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG) has published its mini-study on young parliamentarians ahead of Youth Day on June 16. The PMG obtained the birth dates of all current MPs‚ with the exception of ministers and deputy ministers. From the data collated‚ PMG has found that the median age of MPs is 54 years. PMG’s findings show that only 23 MPs fall under the category of youth (35 and younger) — 18 of them are in the National Assembly and the remaining five are in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). This category of youth makes up 6% of Parliament. Thirteen of the younger MPs are female and 10 are male. The DA has the largest number of young MPs aged between 25 years and 35 years, but is outperformed proportionally by the EFF and IFP. The youngest MPs are as foll...

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