The EFF, more than any other South African political party, embodies Otto von Bismarck’s quote: “Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable, the art of the next best.”

“Next best” may just be the key phrase if election polls are to be taken at face value. They suggest a significant rise in support for the party, peaking at about 20% in this year’s election — nearly double its support in 2019 and nudging the territory of the official opposition, the DA...

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