Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

27 January 2014

South Africa: Coming to a Protest Near You - the EFF Revolution, Roadshow Continues

analysis

As protests continue to rage across the country, getting significant attention as we run up to the elections, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are following them faster than the Bang Bang Club. They want to be seen as the leaders of the New Struggle, and on the streets, no one does it so well.

Toshifumi Fujimoto has a strange idea of a holiday. The 45-year-old Japanese truck driver gets a kick out of visiting war zones. Last year he snuck into Aleppo to follow the Free Syrian Army (posting his pictures on Facebook, of course). Before that, it was Yemen for the protests against the US government. He was in Cairo after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak and dreams of spending time with the Taliban in Afghanistan. "It fascinates me, and I enjoy it," says the war tourist.

Julius Malema's band of fiery young leaders might be able to relate.

Almost every day there's a protest somewhere in South Africa and recent reports suggest they are increasing in number and intensity as we travel towards the 2014 election. The EFF are never far behind, often arriving while communities are in the midst of burning tires and vowing...

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