There seems to be a wave of academic excellence among EFF leader Julius Malema and his party officials.
Not long after Malema graduated with a degree in Philosophy, his party spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is expected to graduate with a PhD in political studies.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema graduated from the University of South Africa (Unisa) with an honours degree in philosophy on On September this year.
Ndlozi, on the other hand, will graduate with his doctorate in political studies from the University of the Witwatersrand on Tuesday.
The Ndlozi, 32-year-old who is also known for his powerful singing voice, will be having an additional qualification to his CV after he receives the qualification at a ceremony at Wits.
He would join a long list of notable alumni who graduated from Wits, including former president Nelson Mandela, world-renowned writer and activist Nadine Gordimer and SACP leader Joe Slovo.
Speaking to News24 ahead of his graduation, Ndlozi expressed his excitement at the news as this also would have a great impact not only on himself and his party, the EFF, but also to his mother who has remained speechless after receiving the information.
This is because he is not just the first to obtain a PhD in his immediate family, but also the first in his extended family.
“After I found out this afternoon, I called my mother first of all… she couldn’t say two sentences and just wept over the phone,” he said at the time.
“It still feels surreal. I am immensely grateful. I am humbled and grateful for all the support that I received from my brothers and sister and my grandmother. Everyone was very supportive and my friends in academics, who help me persevere,” Ndlozi said, admitting that the journey was not easy but that with the support of the CIC (EFF leader Julius Malema) it was a success.
“I went to tell the CIC (EFF leader Julius Malema) that I won’t be able to do it because it requires me to find the time that I do not have. I said I’d rather turn my research into meaningful essays,” Ndlozi said.
“He was the first person to tell me that he won
‘t accept it, that I should finish my research.”
Ndlozi received a lot of support from Anthropology professor Eric Worby, who is the director of graduates at Wits.
The party’s Deputy President and Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu completed his Master’s degree in political studies in December 2014. EFF Secretary-General Godrich Gardee is studying law through Unisa. Gardee has a higher national diploma in accounting and auditing.
The EFF said in a statement issued by Malema, that it was proud of Ndlozi’s achievement. “The EFF is proud of his achievements and cherish the discipline, dedication, focus and passion through which he mastered political activism and doctoral studies,” read the statement.