Since Jacob Zuma resigned as president of the republic, the EFF and ANC have been flirting like a Ben 10 and a cougar. During the state of the nation address, President Cyril Ramaphosa and EFF leader Julius Malema flirted like an officer and a gentleman in a gay bar. Last week, the lascivious behaviour reached its peak in the National Assembly, when the EFF and ANC embraced expropriation of land without compensation, thus inviting the ire and pious indignation of the Congress Without People. Sorry, of the People. What is behind this toenadering, close to seven years after a broedertwis within the governing party ended in Malema’s expulsion? As I said at the time, the charges against Malema and his comrades were spurious and the ANC’s decision to expel them unstrategic. But, as they say, friendships and enmity are not always permanent in politics. More important is the fact that, as an exercise in political management, the decision to expel Malema was clumsy.

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