New MPs

2012-05-10 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party youth have been given a louder voice.

Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s spokesperson, Liezl van der Merwe, and the chairperson of the IFP Youth Brigade, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, took the oath as members of the national parliament on Tuesday.

They were sworn in by the National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu in parliament in Cape Town.

“We are both very excited and thankful about this opportunity,” Van der Merwe told The Witness yesterday.

She said one of their main tasks will be to focus on youth issues, and she will focus on issues affecting women.

“We will be aiming to revitalise the brand of the IFP, and I will also serve as a minority voice within the party.”

Van der Merwe said she would continue to act as Buthelezi’s spokesperson.

“I have not indicated that I will be leaving that position.”

Van der Merwe replaces Patricia Lebenya-Ntanzi, the former chairperson of the youth brigade, while Hlengwa replaces Musa Zondi, who stepped down as the party’s secretary-general last year.

Also sworn in was Chu-Chiao Huang of the Congress of the People.

Huang replaces Hilda Ndude who was expelled from the party earlier this year for the misappropriation of party funds.

— Witness Reporter.

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