Musicians are always striving for success, no matter what field they end up in. Something about that creative DNA just pushes these guys further. So when two of them join the EFF – and only one of them gets to go to Parliament – there’s trouble on the horizon. Benny Mayengani apparently left the party due to the presence of Ringo Madlingozi.
Why Benny Manyengani allegedly left the EFF
Both are very popular musicians, and they subscribe to the EFF’s brand of socialist politics. But seemingly, this town wasn’t big enough for both of them. Sunday World reports that Mayengani – who represented the Red Berets as a councillor in Johannesburg – walked away from his responsibilities in August.
It’s understood that Benny Mayengani sees himself as a “bigger name” than his fellow artist, and feels he deserves to be an MP on merit. Sources who spoke to the tabloid said that there was a lot of “ill-discipline” from his side, which eventually lead to a mutual parting of the ways.
The EFF increased their number of representatives in Parliament by 18 seats this year. They now have a total of 44 MPs in the National Assembly, and Madlingozi was arguably one of the more notable additions. The Red Berets have also nominated an equal split of male and female MPs. But they’re now down to their last major musician.
Who is Ringo Madlingozi?
Boasting an illustrious Afropop catalogue and possibly responsible for the birth of a lot of 90s babies, Ringo’s move towards politics was passion-driven. Although he has never outrightly regarded himself as a politician, in recent years, he has moved like one: He has been seen at many EFF events and has advocated their calls for radical economic and land reform on his massively-followed social media platforms.
We’ll perhaps never know how much of an impact Benny Mayengani would have made in the National Assembly, but his so-called “arch-rival” has already been making waves: Back in July, Ringo argued that Afrikaans is “the language of the oppressor”. He also went on to bemoan the existence of Die Stem in the national anthem, causing controversy in the Cape Town chambers.
Ringo Madlingozi was also at the centre of debate during the very first sitting of the sixth Parliament. Both the EFF and ANC sang struggle songs – with the veteran musician giving his vocal cords a good run-out. The sing-song ended up riling the DA, who blasted the chorus for causing “undemocratic behaviour” in the house.
Benny Mayengani would have had to go a long way to make a stronger early impression than Ringo.