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Marks Maponyane and Ringo Madlingozi. Instagram @fikilembalula @ringomadlingozi

Do election endorsements work? SA celebrities and their political parties

From radio host Gareth Cliff to music executive Nota Baloyi, here is a look at South African celebrities and their political parties.

celebrities political parties

Marks Maponyane and Ringo Madlingozi. Instagram @fikilembalula @ringomadlingozi

With the elections slatted for month end, several South African celebrities have openly endorsed their political parties, leaving Mzansi in awe.

These endorsements have undoubtedly left many wondering if celebrity endorsements have influence. Over the years, political parties across the globe have made use of celebrity endorsements, and it has influenced voters.

In 2008, the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, made headlines with his social media presidential campaign. However, he became the first presidential candidate of a major party to use social media in election campaigns. No doubt celebrity endorsements also made a difference.


South Africa hasn’t been spared from this global trend, with several parties, including the African National Congress. A few days ago, the ANC held an endorsement ceremony at the Sandton Convention Centre.

However, a host of public figures, celebrities and business moguls gave their endorsement speeches, which have since flooded the internet. Some big names who gave endorsement speeches include billionaire Vivian Reddy, reality TV star Gogo Skhotheni, business leader Smangele Nkosi, and goalscorer Mark Maponyane.

Against the ceremony, Gogo Skhotheni posted photos with Cyril Ramaphosa. The reality star posted, “Make the right choice.”

She joins a host of celebrities who have openly endorsed their political parties to win their follower’s support. Well, let’s dive into South African celebrities who have endorsed their political parties ahead of this year’s elections.


Music executive Nota Baloyi recently made his political views known ahead of the elections. In one of his recent podcast interviews, which has been making rounds on social media, Nota Baloyi said that he was voting for Umkhonto Wesizwe (MK Party). Nota Baloyi said, “I’m voting MK ’cause I’m not stupid.”

Radio presenter Gareth Cliff recently hogged headlines when he revealed he would vote for the MK Party. Taking to X, formerly Twitter, he posted, “If you gave me only a choice of voting for Rise Mzansi, ANC, MK Party or EFF; I would vote for MK. I’m not joking.”

Other celebrities supporting the MK Party ahead of the elections include Zulu Boy, Papa Penny and Felix Hlope.



Over the years, several celebrities have endorsed the ruling party ANC. However, ahead of the elections, Gogo Skhotheni and Lilian Dube have openly endorsed the party.

Other celebrated figures who joined the bandwagon include Vivian Reddy and football legend Marks Maponyane, who starred for Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. However, Marks Maponyane said, “People have opinions, but examples change the world. The ANC has set examples we can see, but you can still do better.”


Just like ANC, EFF is one of the most celebrated political parties when it comes to celebrity support and endorsements. The EFF recently booted out three celebrity MPs who have been integral to the EFF’s representation in parliament.

However, the three include singer Ringo Madlingozi, Kwaito star Eugene Mthethwa, and acclaimed television actor Fana Mokoena. Rumour mill has it that the three did not make the cut in the top 100 parliament candidates of the Red Beret Brigade.