President Cyril Ramaphosa has been the dominant figure of the 2019 elections. His power, influence and durability in the face of a factional fightback in the ANC, and his game plan for the future have been central to the national discourse.  Though the election is supposed to deliver the crowning moment of Ramaphosa’s political career, there is a possibility that another political figure might eclipse this story. According to the polls, the EFF might be the only major party to grow its support next week. This would mean the EFF would have greater representation in parliament and the provinces, and thus have a louder voice in the national conversation. A bigger percentage of the vote also means the EFF has greater bargaining power, especially in the event of coalition negotiations at national and provincial level. This raises the question about what EFF leader Julius Malema wants and how he would use a bigger portion of the vote to attain this. In the past few weeks, there seems ...

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