Culmination of a life spent to serve

2014-05-21 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL ANC Youth League leader Nontembeko Boyce says her election to serve as a public representative in the legislature was the fulfilment of being a volunteer and taking an oath to serve the people.

“As a public representative you take an oath to serve. It is an endorsement of commitment, so this is my way to change the lives of people,” Boyce said in an interview.

She will be among the 80 MPLs who will be sworn in at the KwaZulu-Natal legislature tomorrow.

Boyce (38) is also one of the handful of young people who will join law-makers in Pietermaritzburg.

She is currently the ANC Youth League convenor tasked with others to revitalise the youth body years after former president Julius Malema disbanded their structure over organisational issues.

Boyce cut her political teeth at high school at the age of 14 and rose through student politics to become a member of the student representative council at Mfundisweni College of Education in 1993 while pursuing her teaching diploma.

When she graduated in 1996, her retired miner father died while she battled to get employment.

She then left her illiterate mother in Flagstaff in search of a job in KZN, and got employment at Shobashobane school in Izingolweni on the lower South Coast — once notorious for political intolerance.

While working there she continued with political activism which saw her join the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union and get involved in the ANC, Youth League and Young Communist League.

Boyce served on various branch and regional structures of the organisations in the lower South Coast, including serving as a councillor in the Ugu District.

Yesterday, Boyce said it had never been her dream to one day become a public representative.

She said the new term for the ANC-led government means the start of a new contract with South Africans after 20 years of democracy.

“We have to take a bold step in changing the lives of the people.”

•mayibongwe.maqhina@witness.co.za

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