Award-winning musician Ringo Madlingozi became the talk of parliament when he was officially sworn in as an EFF MP earlier this week, with calls from the house for him to sing quickly taking centre stage
Ringo, who joined the EFF last year was a surprise inclusion on the EFF’s parliamentary list which was released in March.
The EFF secured more seats in parliament after the recent elections than ever before, which meant Ringo’s goal of becoming a politician would be realised.
As Ringo was sworn in with other members, MPs jokingly referred to him as “the honourable Sondela,” which is the title of his hit song.
Video clips of MPs calling for Ringo to sing and entertain the house while they waited for proceedings to end have also been doing the rounds on social media.
In one video clip, ANC MP and former chief whip Jackson Mthembu could be heard saying, “Cula, Ringo. Cula. (Sing, Ringo. Sing)”
In an interview with News24 earlier in May, Ringo made it clear that if he secured a seat in parliament, he wouldn’t be going there to entertain MPs.
“If I am going there, I’m not going to Parliament to sing and entertain MPs. I’m going there to work for our people and my party,” he said.
DID YOU SEE IT | As MP’s eagerly awaited results on who was to be NA speaker, they took the time to plea with multi-award-winning singer and EFF MP Ringo Madlingozi to sing. pic.twitter.com/9i3IjXXX7r
— SABC News Online (@SABCNewsOnline) May 22, 2019