Musician Ringo Madlingozi makes surprise appearance on EFF's parliament list

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If that happens‚ 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.The party’s national spokesperson‚ Mbuyiseni Ndlozi‚ who proved to be a thorn on the governing party’s side‚ appears at number seven on the list.

On Wednesday night Ndlozi told TimesLIVE that the list was a result of a rigorous democratic process that included each candidate being subjected to an internal secret ballot “from the CIC [commander in chief] Julius Malema‚ to the rest of the fighters”.Ndlozi said the EFF’s list has continuity and change‚ meaning it has retained hard-working MPs but had added “young revolutionaries”‚ particularly from the Fees Must Fall Movement.“Thus‚ it is constituted by a tried and tested collective of fighters‚ who have cut their teeth on the picket-lines of the economic emancipation movement‚” he said.

Ndlozi also noted that the EFF list has a gender balance‚ consistent with the principle of a 50/50 percent representation.

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