EFF leader Julius Malema reacted with shock after kwaito star Arthur Mafokate congratulated the man expected to be elected late on Monday as the new mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba.
Mafokate, a die-hard ANC supporter, congratulated Mashaba, who the EFF has openly declared their antagonism towards. Malema responded, saying ‘he banna!’, a Sesotho phrase normally used when someone is shocked.
The kwaito star congratulated the Black Like Me entrepreneur, saying he had fond memories of Mashaba who used to sponsor artists such as himself. “Wow! Bra Herman Mashaba who used to sponsor us as dancers is about to be a Mayor of the most powerful city in Africa 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #JoburgMayor,” said Mafokate.
He then even had some unexpected praise for Malema too. The Mnike hitmaker added that “Julius [Malema] he knows” will not take lightly to people who misuse the votes he “donated” to them. “The Julius that I know is not gonna take any nonsense from any person that he donated his votes to, watch the space.”
He later tweeted that he was still an ANC supporter, but would take responsibility for the success and failures of his beloved party.
I am an ANC supporter – I take full responsibility of my successes and my failures of my beloved party
— Arthur Mafokate (@ArthurMafokate) August 22, 2016
Malema had earlier fallen out of the Kwasa Kwasa hitmaker’s good books after he called ANC-aligned musicians “useless‚ expired artists” during the local government elections campaign.
“We have seen [the ANC] spend a billion rand on fake celebrities‚ extremely fake celebrities who can’t succeed in their own right.
“As I speak‚ I’m trying to think what is Kelly Khumalo’s hit … what is she known for? But she is pocketing between R10 000 and R15 000 for every appearance she makes at an ANC event‚” Malema was quoted as saying by the website.
At the time, Mafokate publicly told Malema to “shut up”.
In a separate press briefing, Malema accused another music stable, Mabala Noise, of corruption, alleging artists were paid R5 million each to, among other things, campaign for the ANC. Mabala Noise denied this outright, even threatening to sue the EFF leader. However, Khanyi Mbau later came out to confirm that she and other artists had been paid huge sums of money.
Meanwhile, the DA’s Vasco da Gama has been elected Speaker of Johannesburg’s council. This after a rigorous voting process that saw some party agents fighting against the IEC’s rule that requires councillors to maintain secret ballots. The EFF and DA argued that it was councillors’ democratic right to show their votes.