If there is anyone who knows how to press South Africa’s buttons it is Julius Malema. His speech at the launch of the EFF’s voter registration campaign in Johannesburg on Sunday was the type of populist demagoguery that would make Huge Chavez proud – and perhaps a little envious. Malema sought to do two things in his address. The first was to assert the EFF’s relevance in the changed political landscape and the second was to shift attention away from the new star attraction, President Cyril Ramaphosa.Malema is accomplished at rattling the cages of the establishment and the middle class, and there is nothing that causes more upset than threatening the constitutional edifice and structure of society. The issue of land and property ownership will thus be the cornerstone of the EFF’s election campaign. Malema said the EFF’s success in the 2019 elections would depend on the number of people it gets to register as voters from this weekend rather than in the final sprint next year. Malema ...

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