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23-year-old Kwanele Zonke sworn in as a BCM councillor

Aug 21, 2018
23-year-old Kwanele Zonke sworn in as a BCM councillor

Twenty-three-year-old Kwanele Zonke is now one of the youngest councillors in the Buffalo City Metro Municipality (BCMM) following his swearing in.

Zonke is a member of the Democratic Alliance (DA).

"The DA is committed to empowering South Africa’s youth, so that our future leaders build on a legacy of freedom, fairness, opportunity and diversity for all," said Dharmesh Dhaya - DA Chief Whip Buffalo City Metro.

In 1995, Cllr Zonke was born in Butterworth and is no stranger to political activity. He previously served on the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the University of Fort Hare (UFH) and did duty as DASO UFH Institutional Chairperson and DASO Eastern Cape Constituency Chairperson in administration.

"We, as the DA Caucus in the BCMM, are delighted to have such a young individual bringing a youthful outlook to our mission to take over the City," Dhaya said.

"As an economics graduate, we look forward to his dedication and his insights into the world of finance."

When asked how he felt after being sworn in, Cllr Zonke said “I am excited and humbled to have been given this opportunity and to be part of the DA blue machine in Buffalo City".