I don't live for myself

By Drum Digital
17 June 2016

The EFF’s charismatic MP, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, chats to us about economic freedom for the black majority, growing up and being “The People’s Bae”

By Gabisile Ngqobo

Love them or hate them, there’s no doubt the rabble rousing bunch of men and women in red overalls have made Parliament a lot more entertaining since they started filing into the hallowed house.

No honourable member is safe when the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are in full, feisty cry – but even among this vibrant, vocal lot one man stands out, a man who’s made it a point of order for throngs of women – and many men – to tune into Parliamentary debates on TV.

His name is Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, at 31 the EFF’s youngest MP, the party’s spokesperson and arguably the most charismatic man in politics right now.

His looks and charm have earned him the title “The People’s Bae” and he leads the list of eligible bachelors in South Africa. People really started sitting up and taking notice after his cheeky comments about Maite Nkoana-Mashabane went viral.

Mbuyiseni called out the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation for appearing to fall asleep during the debate on President Jacob Zuma’s impeachment.

“I’m worried this Minister, who we pay so much, is sleeping in Parliament,” he said to whoops and whistles from his colleagues. “With that position, she’s going to fall, Deputy Speaker.”

Poor Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli was taken to task, too. When he attempted to reprimand him in the vernacular, Mbuyiseni clucked: “This isn’t the kasi here.” Gleefully irreverent, he refers to Speaker Baleka Mbete as “Gogo” and short-lived finance minister Des van Rooyen as “Weekend Special”.

Today, Mbuyiseni comes bouncing out of the EFF’s headquarters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. He wants coffee, he says, and beneath posters of Julius Malema pasted high on

lamp posts we follow him to a café.

“You can’t take pictures,” he says once he’s ordered his latte. “I woke up with a swollen eye. It’s bad.” He studies his face on his iPhone screen, then quips, “People will think I’ve been beaten up in Parliament.”

Read more in June 23 issue of DRUM

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