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Legendary Musician Papa Penny Abandons ANC for MK Party

In a surprising move, renowned South African musician Eric “Papa Penny” Nkovani has announced his departure from the African National Congress (ANC) and his decision to join the Umkhonto weSizwe Party (MKP).

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Papa Penny Confirms Dumping ANC for MK Party

Papa Penny has confirmed his departure from the ANC to join Umkhonto weSizwe. He mentioned he would share more details after discussing them with the MK party leadership.

“Yes, I have joined MK, but I cannot speak to the media without getting a permission from my leadership,” he said before he hung up.

Papa Penny, a longtime ANC ward councillor in the Giyani Municipality, Limpopo, had previously vied for the Limpopo ANC chairmanship and expressed interest in becoming the premier.

The veteran Tsonga musician isn’t the first artist to align with MK; the party recently launched uMkhonto weSizwe Creatives, led by award-winning rapper and actor Mxolisi “Zuluboy” Majozi.

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MKP Denies Spokesperson Dismissal Allegations

In other MK-related developments, the party has refuted claims about Nhlamulo Ndhlela’s alleged dismissal as the national head of communications and spokesperson.

The party’s provincial coordinator, Simphiwe Mpungose, dismissed these allegations as baseless and aimed at causing discord among members and supporters. Mpungose clarified that Mr Nhlamulo Ndhlela remains the MKP’s national head of communications and spokesperson.

“The MK Party Provincial Leadership in KZN rejects with contempt that they deserve, the allegations that Mr Nhlamulo Ndhieta, the National Head of Communications and MK Party Spokesperson has been relieved of his duties. We regard these ill-informed allegations as malicious and an attempt to sow panic and divisions among the membership and supporters of the Mkhonto Wesizwe Party (MKP). We want to categorically confirm that Mr. Nhlamulo Ndhlela remains the MKP’s National Head of Communications and Spokesperson of our organisation,” part of the statement reads.

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