Eric Nkovani, affectionately known as Papa Penny, is currently a ward councillor in the Giyani Local Municipality. He now has his sights on running for the position of Limpopo ANC chairperson, Letaba Herald reports.
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In recent reports, Papa Penny said he wanted to end tribalism in the region because Tsonga people were discriminated against, especially in the provincial government.
The Tsonga diso king was a choirmaster at Mzansi Magic’s Clash of the Choirs, and had a successful reality show, Mzansi Magic’s Papa Penny Ahee.
Papa Penny is adamant he can win back ANC votes if he runs for chairperson in the province.
Twitter fans seem to back his attempts, with one tweet saying if Trump can do it, so can Papa Penny.
If @realDonaldTrump can did it… So can Papa Penny Ahee.
— Ma Banyana (@mohot36) June 13, 2018
Morning people of the North…. people are marching/ parading for Papa Penny, go monate Limpopo wena???????????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/gkyWhnl7En
— MAWELELA♥ (@KgadiyaBashia) June 13, 2018
Vote for papa penny pic.twitter.com/vXd9vVSn5n
— corry da groove (@CorryGroove) June 12, 2018
Others, however, were not so optimistic, with some even calling for the African National Congress (ANC) to close shop.
Papa penny is laughable I cannot take him for a serious business matters ,he cannot lead me.
He's the most tribalistic artist aired on our screen abusive to his Mama Nomi/Wife.
Sort your house issue Papa.
He keeps on saying 'I am a Shaangani man' that's a bad statement
— motlokw'a mmaphela (@MphoWaga) June 13, 2018
Papa penny is such a biggest joke ever no sensible nor sane person would listen or take him seriously
— Segopotje Nkadimeng (@SegopotjeNkadi3) June 13, 2018
— Black♡Womxn (@PatienceDibate) June 10, 2018
Despite his supporters and critics, Papa Penny believes his position as Limpopo ANC chair will sow the necessary seeds of change and unity. And he is bound to bring an interesting flair to politics in the region.