South Africa’s youngest ever Member of Parliament, Hlomela Bucwa, gave her first parliamentary speech Tuesday… and brought hope to many in the nation.

Social media users said it was “amazing”, “filled me with hope”, “if this is the voice of the next generation, we have a good future ahead” and “so proud, there is hope after all”.

The 24-year-old Democratic Alliance (DA) MP quoted WB Yeats’ call to action: “But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”

She said these are the words echoed by fellow South Africans, by the lost generation who are sitting idly at home, unable to study even though they have university passes… because there isn’t enough funding.


According to Bucwa, there are 53,043 unsuccessful applicants from universities and TVET colleges in South Africa, while 3,760 applications are still being reviewed.

She said it is her generation that will change the status quo.

“It is my generation that will successfully eradicate the social-ills that still prevail because we refuse to be divided by race, gender and religion, but instead be unified as fellow human beings…”

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