Sometimes, a politician being slowly raised on a hydraulic platform into a confetti-filled sky is a symbol. Sometimes, it’s an admission. This weekend, it was both.

Before that act of levitation happened, however, there was the rally; and as 95,000 EFF supporters filled the FNB stadium to capacity to celebrate their party’s 10th birthday, even its critics had to admit that it was an extraordinary turnout and wondered how the party had managed it. ..

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