The EFF’s senior leadership stands at the top of the party’s list of candidates for parliament after the May 8 general elections.
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.
A surprise appearance on the list is singer Ringo Madlingozi‚ who features in the number 39 spot. The Sondela Sthandwa singer has‚ over the past few years‚ publicly supported the party and attended its events.
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.
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.
Source: TMG Digital.