Penny Penny gunning for top ANC job in Limpopo

05 June 2018 - 15:29
By Kyle Zeeman
Penny Penny, real name Eric Nkovani.
Image: Supplied Penny Penny, real name Eric Nkovani.

Musician Eric "Penny Penny" Nkovani says he is tired of living in an area split by inequality and tribalism‚ and has launched a campaign to take over the chairperson and premier positions in his home province of Limpopo

The Shaka Bundu star‚ who is a Councillor in Giyani‚ told TshisaLIVE that he is canvassing for support from local ANC branches to challenge the current ANC Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha.

"I am waiting for the next meeting of Councillors for my name to be nominated for the position. We are still waiting for our [ANC] provincial conference to happen after all the delays but‚ when it happens‚ I will stand up and challenge Stanley. He has not changed anything in the area and I challenge him to step down."

Limpopo‚ home to about 5-million people‚ is considered one of the poorest provinces in the country with many people living below the poverty line. Penny Penny claims the region was plagued by both poverty and tribalism.

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"There are six languages in Limpopo. We need something to unite us. It can't be that only one people are represented more than others. If I'm elected there will be no more Pedi‚ no more Shangaan‚ no more Venda‚ no more English‚ no more Afrikaans. We will all be one people."

Although the veteran disco king is confident of victory‚ he said that he was not interested in forming a breakaway party if he does not win.

"I am not an opposition. I am an ANC member and will always be one. I just believe that more has to be done for the people in Limpopo. I am the perfect person because I am clean and I can bring big change to Limpopo."

While he waits for the formal processes to start‚ he has already taken the fight to social media.