Comedian takes up seat in provincial legislature

Reagen Allen, his wife Edwinah, and his father Keith Allen at his swearing in at Parliament on Wednesday May 22.

The life of a Rocklands-born comedian has taken a serious turn.

Reagen Allen, 35, a representative of the DA, was sworn in as a member of the provincial parliament on Wednesday May 22 (“Funny man crowned Cape Town Comedy Club Winner”, Plainsman September 19 2018).

He is the first person born and bred in Mitchell’s Plain elected to the Western Cape Provincial Parliament (WCPP).

“I voted at Caradale Primary School, which was profound to me.

“In 1997, the former principal, Mr Christians, wrote a letter to my parents, when I was elected to serve at the Learner Representative on the School Governing Body. Connecting the dots moving backward, I have no doubt that all my experiences, good or bad, added value to my life,” he said

“I am humbled by my election and after an intense internal selection process, coupled with a campaign which saw over 30 political parties contesting in the Western Cape, I am delighted and look forward to serving the residents here,” said Reagen.

Since taking over the seat vacated by now mayor, Dan Plato, in December 2018, and being elected again, he is confident that he will hit the ground running and aims to ensure that they hold government accountable.

His father, Keith Allen said he was extremely proud of Reagen.

“And I’m sure his mom is smiling down from heaven too. Many residents have expressed their congratulations and as a family we are humbled by the support.”

Reagan’s wife, Edwinah, said she felt privileged to have witnessed her husband fulfilling his dream.

“There were many days he wanted to give up and even considered changing careers, but with prayer and focus on what was ahead of him, he pushed through. I’ve always been his biggest fan and am really proud of who he has become.”

Reagan added that he planned to contribute towards “the great strides that have been made”.

“I know there’s a lot to do still and hard work is ahead of those elected.”