Cape Town - A host of old and new faces is being sworn in to parliament on Wednesday. Among them is 24-year-old DA youth chairman Yusuf Cassim, the youngest MP in the country's history.
CAPE TOWN - He was just four years old when South Africa started on the path of democracy. On Wednesday Yusuf Cassim, a DA MP, entered the world of the so-called "big boys".
Cassim, 24, told eNCA reporter Lester Kiewit that politics is a "calling".
He said on Wednesday -- the day when the fifth democratically elected parliament was sworn in -- that he graduated with a qualification in Accounting.
"It (the calling to serve in politics) started with student politics. It started with wanting to represent an alternative, an alternative to the type of oppressive governance that was taking place even at a small level at the university."
Cassim said he "saw a responsibility" to "move and serve and avail" himself wherever was neccesary to serve South Africans.
Watch Cassim&39;s full interview in the gallery above, where he answers questions around his readiness for the rough-and-tumble world of politics.