If the ANC is no longer the leader of society that it has proclaimed itself to be since the dawn of democracy, who or what will take its place? There is palpable jostling to fill this coveted space. On Tuesday, EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted: "I can smell a government of national unity." Malema, once reviled and ridiculed, has become a darling to the chattering classes through the simple truths that he articulates about the governing party.It was a quizzical tweet, a day after an opposition party proposed a national convention to resolve the country’s challenges and less than a week after thousands took to the streets in protest against the ANC’s president. Opposition parties are centre stage — taking the battle to the ANC in the streets, during rallies and in the courts. While opposition party leaders clasped hands and marched in Pretoria in an unprecedented show of unity, a factional party was held to celebrate President Jacob Zuma’s birthday in Kliptown. He could not even muste...

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