It’s been a tough month for the EFF. The party, which tends disproportionately to dominate media headlines and public debate alike, has faded away into near obscurity. Crises quickly reveal it’s formal power that really matters. The ANC has a lot of it, the DA has some, the EFF has none. There are only two shows in town at the moment, and the EFF isn’t one of them.

Informally, one could argue the EFF has long since punched above its weight and, thus, it wields a fair amount of informal power. But even that has, overnight, become irrelevant. No-one cares about the ideological conspiracies the EFF uses to augment its influence. It’s the coronavirus or bust. And, more importantly, its rationality and science that now hold sway. Not the antiquated, socialist ideals of Stalin or Mao...

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