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Clear and Present Danger - Malema's Red Tide, One Year On

July 28, 2014

Ranjeni Munusamy



A year ago, it all seemed like a crazy venture and a massive ego trip. Julius Malema, expelled from the ANC, facing corruption charges and being pursued by the taxman, starting his own political party? Yeah right. Who'd vote for him, wondered the chattering classes. A year later, Malema and his Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are firmly ensconced on the political scene and monopolising the news agenda. Why is this and how long before Malema runs out of airtime?



Dr Mamphela Ramphele and Julius Malema launched their political parties through a similar channel - first the announcement of a consultative platform to test the waters and then the real thing to contest elections. Ramphele's Agang made a bigger impression in the international media because of her impressive background as an academic and in the World Bank. She was projected as the voice of sanity and reason in the hurly burly of South African politics.

Malema was just the opposite. He did not set out to be reasonable or to provide South Africa with a "comfortable" alternative to the African National Congress. Malema set out to rattle cages, challenge the status quo and table a new political agenda....


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Source: AllAfrica


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