GARETH VAN ONSELEN: The state of the EFF
It’s not anti-Zuma, not in the way it was. It’s not leading the ANC, not in the way it was. And it is certainly not shaping debate on its ideological terms, in the way it was
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...