Towards political change, one funeral at a time

Waiting is not going to get you very far if you have grand plans for taking charge of your country’s future.

01 July 2024

Bronwyn Williams

The young man told me: “We'll wait for the old guard to die out.” I'd asked him about his generation's appetite for taking on the mess that is South Africa’s political leadership. Speaking at a Flux Trends’ event on youth insights research, he may be waiting a while. But, while patience is a virtue, so is action.

The average age of a South African MP has edged up to 59 in recent years, and they’re not showing much enthusiasm for early retirement. This means even the most patient 20-something has half a lifetime to wait for new political ideas to progress one funeral at a time.

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