Dali Mpofu. Picture: SOWETAN
Dali Mpofu. Picture: SOWETAN

Advocate Dali Mpofu could be heading to the National Assembly  after picking up the third slot on the EFF list for parliamentary candidates.

If the EFF wins enough seats  Mpofu could be a first-time MP if he chooses. After the 2014 national elections Mpofu, a senior counsel, opted to remain in private practice as an advocate. 

As expected, EFF leader Julius Malema and his deputy, Floyd Shivambu, took the top two spots on the party’s candidate list. It was submitted to the Electoral Commission of SA on Wednesday.

The remaining top spots went to the rest of the party’s leadership:  general secretary Godrich Gardee, secretary-general and  treasurer-general Leigh-Ann Mathys, deputy secretary-general Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi and spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi followed Mpofu on the list.

Fees Must Fall activists Naledi Chirwa and Vuyani Pambo are number 30 and 31 respectively.   EFF Gauteng chair Mandisa Mashego tops the list for the party in the province.

Lists for all provincial legislatures have been submitted, it said. 

The EFF won 6% of the national vote in 2014, which netted 25 seats, and is expected to continue the kingmaker role it took on following the 2016 local government elections.

The EFF did not enter into any coalitions following the local government elections. But it controlled the votes in Tshwane, Johannesburg and smaller municipalities in Limpopo. 

The May 8 elections will be the second national and provincial elections in which the EFF takes part.

The EFF said the list was a result of a rigorous democratic process. Each candidate was subjected to an internal secret ballot “from the CIC, Julius Malema, to the rest of the fighters”.