Covid-19 and a year-long lockdown has been a nightmare for the EFF. It has effectively shut down the various theatres in which the EFF performs — chief among them, parliament and public rallies. And an actor without a stage is just another ordinary Joe.

In February 2020, Julius Malema declared, “I am in charge ... I have the ruling party by the scrotum.” There was some truth to that. For a considerable period of time Malema had the ANC dancing to his tune, on land reform and Jacob Zuma’s suitability for high office, a myriad other issues besides...

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