Dikgang Morudu, a 16-year-old from Moletji-Makgodu, Limpopo has been elected as president of the Nelson Mandela Children Parliament. Morudu was elected at the 11th Children’s Parliament held in Bisho, East London this past weekend.
The 16-year-old is a Grade 11 learner at Kgakoa Secondary School in Ga – Ramongoana 2.
“I am the Limpopo child ambassador, Child human rights defender. My role is to represent all the children in South Africa and advocate the rights of children,” he wrote on one of his profiles.
DIKGANG MORUDU APPOINTED NELSON MANDELA CHILDREN PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT
Unathi Ncinithwa (16) from the Free State was elected deputy speaker. Kearabetswe Peter Khoase (16) from the Free State as Deputy President.
The Parliament is created to ensure that children are given an opportunity to speak freely about issues affecting them.
It is held in conjunction with the Department of Basic Education. As well as development partners such as the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Save the Children South Africa and UNICEF.
The siting was also attended by Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu. It discussed amongst others, violence against children, cyberbullying, teenage pregnancy and also mental health.
The parliament was also held under the theme: “Maximising the Voices of Children in addressing social ills affecting them”.
Together with his new executive Morudu will serve until 2025 when the new executive is elected.