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The honeymoon is over, the gloves are off. President Cyril Ramaphosa was given a two-year reprieve from direct attacks by the EFF, but his state of the nation address (Sona) and the aftermath — the parliamentary debate on the address — showed that he is now firmly in the party’s crosshairs.

During a protest march to the Israeli embassy back in 2017, before Ramaphosa was elected ANC president, EFF leader Julius Malema described his party’s tie-up with the DA to take control of key metros after the 2016 local election as nothing more than a "rebound". He said at the time that the EFF’s relationship with the DA was like dating someone after breaking up "with your real lover"...

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