The past few days have seen activity on opposite ends of the political spectrum, agitating and enticing diverse constituencies disgruntled with the ANC government. The Red October marches last week played up fears about supposed targeted crime against white Afrikaners.
The launch of the Economic Freedom Fighters on Sunday at Marikana, the site of a bloody massacre carried out by the police, ensconced the red berets as a radical left-wing party fighting against what Julius Malema says is an unjust, corrupt and murderous state.
It would seem that playing on people's fears and anger is as much a campaign tool in SA politics as free t-shirts and sloganeering.
It says something about the state of South African politics that Julius Malema and Steve Hofmeyr are the faces at opposite ends of the political spectrum. Both are charismatic personalities whom people either love or revile. Their politics are based primarily on race and firing up their constituencies to believe they are under attack.
Malema, who once proclaimed that his blood is black, green and gold, has now come to represent the fiercest voice against the ANC and President Jacob Zuma's administration. The launch of his party, the Economic...