The Economic Freedom Fighter EFF has gotten many talking about the musician’s political journey.
Musician Ringo Madlingozi made a surprise appearance on the list, with his name featuring in the number 39 spot. The Sondela Sthandwa singer has, over the past few years, publicly supported the party and attended its events.
Julius Malema is number one on the party list for the National Assembly, with his deputy, Floyd Shivambu, in second spot. The party’s national chairperson, Dali Mpofu, occupies the third position, but he is unlikely to swap his black advocate’s gown for red overalls and gumboots that make up the dress code for the EFF’s parliamentarians.
Mpofu occupied a similar top spot on the party’s list ahead of the 2014 general elections, but he declined the opportunity to go to parliament. Instead, he chose to stick it out in the courts as a senior counsel.
Polling ahead of the upcoming elections suggests that the party is likely to double its support from the 6% it attained in May 2014.
This increase from its current 25 seats means Madlingozi may have a real chance to get into parliament.
If this scales through, he wouldn’t be the first entertainment superstar to swap the celebrity life for full-time politics. Fana Mokoena, who starred opposite Brad Pitt in World War Z, became an EFF MP in 2014. He sits at number 11 this time around, a shoo-in by all accounts.
According to the EFF list published on Wednesday, the party will seek to retain a large number of those who represented it in the current term of parliament.