If your friends told you to jump off a cliff, would you?" It’s been the go-to argument of parents for decades, and for good reason: its logic seems incontrovertible and, as long as you’re not talking to a thrill-crazed, nihilist pre-teen, the answer usually has to be a grudging "No." Unless, of course, you’re the ANC. Because if Julius Malema told the ANC to set itself on fire and jump off a cliff, we’d all be watching a screaming, blazing mess hurtling towards impact. But then again, perhaps we already are. It is now accepted fact that the EFF is dictating ANC policy, if spasmodic convulsions to the left can be described as policy. Whether it be land expropriation or nationalising the Reserve Bank, the EFF merely needs to point to a random page of Revolution for Dummies and a few weeks later the ANC has remembered that it once proposed that very idea at branch level.Such wretched plagiarism would be understandable if the ideas were good. But so far the only things the ANC has seen ...

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