At 28, Gwen Ngwenya hadn’t intended entering politics – just yet. She’d imagined herself following some other career path first. But this year the Master’s graduate and former COO of the SA Institute of Race Relations was appointed the DA’s Head of Policy and took up a seat in Parliament. Some see her as a future leader of the party.
On 27 February, the day Gwen Ngwenya was sworn in as a DA MP – simultaneously taking up the post of Head of Policy for the official opposition – the 28-year-old wrote on Facebook: “Going back to the DA was not even on my radar when the year began. Just goes to show how unpredictable life is.”
Having pinned her colours to the DA mast, Ngwenya is seen by some as a future leader of the party – and an astute one at that; it is rumoured she only accepted the Policy position on condition she was made a Member of Parliament.