By now everyone pretty much knows the biggest Julius Malema hypocrisies. The defining example is, of course, Jacob Zuma — once a god, now a devil. Malema’s position on Zuma represents a profound about-turn, around which he has fashioned an entire political career. But there are many others examples besides: Thabo Mbeki, Robert Mugabe, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, there was even a time Pravin Gordhan enjoyed the support of the EFF leader, before he rounded on him with so much hate and bile. Each of them epitomise three things: The absolutism of Malema’s rhetoric (they were each at one time or another either totally virtuous or completely villainous, he does not do shades of grey); his amoral dexterity (in so easily and profoundly changing his position); and, as a result, his lack of judgment (Malema has issued a long list of feigned apologies for his poor judgment, none of which seems to have resulted in the establishment of a commensurate reputation). But, examine the public record, and the ...

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