Tsonga musician and reality TV star Papa Penny Penny, real name Eric Nkovani, has lashed out at Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema in a video clip that is doing the rounds on the internet on Tuesday morning.
Penny appears to be reacting to Malema allegedly mentioning him at a rally.
“Ahee Julius Malema,” he begins in the video clip.
“Now you are pressing a wrong button.
“When you go to your rally, leave Penny Penny alone, I’m a member of ANC, I’m not a member of EFF.
“Why you tell people that I’m not educated? Because you, you think you’re clever when you faked your education. You adopt the western language, you think you’re a clever. You think all South Africans went to school. When I was born, you don’t know my history. I never see a leadership like you who laughs at people who never went to school. I’m not like you, ANC is not like you,” Penny said.
Watch the video below (the musician seems to have now deleted the video from his own Instagram):
Papa Penny issues warning to Julius Malema: Stay away from me ???????? pic.twitter.com/5zjMhHLd3J
— Rudzani ramavhale (@realramavhale) April 30, 2019
Responding to the backlash on Twitter, Malema laughed it off, telling Penny that he was his “main man”.
“I love him too much,” he said.
I love him too much
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) April 30, 2019
It was reported last year that Penny had entered the world of politics.
At the time Letaba Herald reported that he was a ward councillor in the Giyani Local Municipality and had set his sights on running for the position of Limpopo ANC chairperson.
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Papa Penny said he wanted to end tribalism in the region because Tsonga people were discriminated against, especially in the provincial government.
The Tsonga disco king, last seen on television as a panelist for Comedy Central’s Roast of AKA, was a choirmaster at Mzansi Magic’s Clash of the Choirs, and had a successful reality show, Mzansi Magic’s Papa Penny Ahee.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this article indicated that Papa Penny had said “I hate Julius Malema” in the video. He actually said “ahee Julius Malema”, which was initially misheard by the author. ‘Ahee’ is a Tsonga greeting.