THEY were young, full of energy and all they wanted to hear was Julius Malema. They did not care about the “voices of reason” coming from the adults and those who still believe in the politics of the ANC.What was clear on Saturday in the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, where the EFF launched its local government election manifesto, was that young people want change, something that will give them hope for a better tomorrow.As thousands of EFF supporters in their distinctive T-shirts filled the stadium, what was apparent was that South Africa has entered a new political era in which no one party can claim dominance.The political space has been dominated by the ANC since it came to power 22 years ago. It has been the unchallenged master of mobilisation — until Malema entered the race.Remember the days when the ANC could fill up one, two, sometimes up to three stadiums in one day and had no reason to fear a slump in its support among the masses.Those were the days when the ANC was as domina...

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