Popular South African music producer and DJ Oskido has voiced further endorsement of Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), signalling the unfettered freedoms that artists enjoy in that country in making any political commentary.
EFF celebrated its eighth anniversary this Monday.
Oskido, born Oscar Sibonginkosi Mdlongwa to late Esaph Mdlongwa, who was an MDC politician and a South African mother, Emily Sophia Molefi, was among those to wish the firebrand South African opposition well.
“I just want to wish EFF a happy birthday on the eight anniversary. Nikhule nize nikhokhobe nithi kho kho kho!” said the artist.
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) July 26, 2021
Last year, Oskido praised EFF over its plan of action to help South African musicians during the Covid-19 outbreak.
This was after gigs and concerts had been banned with local musicians having expressed how hard it was going to be to continue paying their bills after livelihoods had been compromised by the pandemic induced lockdown in that country.
Feeling that the EFF’s plan to aid needy musicians was the right approach, Oskido thanked the party’s leader, Julius Malema, for wanting to help.
“This is an important consideration and intervention to the plight of artists by the EFF. We thank them on behalf of those artists who will be receiving help from the EFF,” he said then.
Oskido spent most of his early life in Luveve Township, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where he went on to finish his basic education after graduating from Gifford High School, Bulawayo.
However, it was going to be a difficult proposition if the artist would still be in Zimbabwe to endorse the opposition as did with South Africa’s EFF.
Zimbabwean musicians fear losing livelihoods if they were to show open support for the opposition, let alone criticise the ruling Zanu PF party which still has some measure of control over nearly all mainstream broadcasting stations in the country.