LEADERSHIP OF THE DIRECT DEMOCRATIC FORUM:
The present leaders of the Direct Democratic Forum are a founding member of the party, John Barrington, along with Pat Medingoane and Mongezi Sodwele. Pat joined the NEC in January 2015 and Mongezi joined the NEC April 2017.
Pat is a retired educator living in Johannesburg. Pat is a no-nonsense sort of chap more interested in facts than promises and has been a solid supporter of the DDF for the past few years. Pat may be contacted on 082 514 7469.
Mongezi was born in 1989 in the Eastern Cape and was educated in Port Shepstone and Pietermaritzburg in KZN-Natal and is a chef living and working on the East Rand. His enthusiasm for the DDF and its policies and goals inspire us. Mongezi may be contacted on 074 935 1782
The past members of the National Executive Council consisted of the founders, Nofumene Mqweba and John Barrington and independent candidates in the 2011 municipal elections in various wards in greater Johannesburg, namely: Welington Mqweba, Zola Mtsi, David Ramabulana and Johannes Mfaniseni Donsa. Nofumene, Wellington, Zola, David and Johannes have all resigned or taken leave of absence from the party.
Nofumene has a long history with the trades unions movement, is a grass roots political activist and was an independent candidate for ward 67 in the municipal elections of 18 May 2011. Nofumene was a valued member of the DDF but resigned (or took leave of absence) in 2015 (as she chooses) and will always find a home with the DDF. (read more)
John has a history of political activism promoting individual rights over group rights. John was a Federal Party candidate in the 1994 elections and has been looking for a political home for his proposed parliamentary ‘upper house‘ ever since. He can be contacted at +27 076 060 1973 (read more)
John and Nufomene found a common purpose in the formation of the Direct Democracy Forum promoting the ideals of tax equity and reform through TEAL and democratic representation for the ordinary citizen through participating in an Upper House of Parliament. Extensive policy developments have included those for a Basic Income Grant (BIG) and a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF).