The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have submitted their list of potential parliament members, and iconic musician Ringo Madlingozi appears at number 39.
Brian Sindile Madlingozi, popularly known to his fans as Ringo Madlingozi, made it to the EFF’s potential list of parliament members submitted to the Independent Electoral Board on Wednesday, 13 March 2019.
The Ndiyagodola hit-maker became a visible supporter of the party when he began attending events in EFF regalia and could be seen sitting with prominent party members such as Julius Malema and Floyd Shivhambu at said events. He also began openly supporting the party on social media platforms.
In a tweet posted on 28 May 2018, Madlingozi openly declared his support for the party, saying “When I was young, I used to cry when I would meet poorer people than me. I never knew that there were people who truly would love, protect and would fight for the downtrodden. Now I’m fearlessly home with @EFFSouthAfrica. Let’s unite and change our lives SA. We live once.”
On Wednesday evening, 13 March 2019, EFF Spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi told TimesLive that the list resulted from a rigorous democratic process that included each candidate participating in an internal secret ballot. He said all members of the party were subjected to this process, including party leader Julius Malema.
The party’s list also included names of young leaders who rose during the countrywide Fees Must Fall Movement. Amongst those names were those of Naledi Chirwa, Vyani Pambo and Peter Keetse.
Social media users congratulated the EFF on electing young people as prospective members of parliament. Tebogo Phakedi tweeted, “The EFF basically said, ‘Well we need youth in parliament so please get most of the #feesmustfall activists and make them ministers’,” while the ANC said “we need to keep our stewards/stalwarts in parliament. That’s my small academic comparison analysis.”