Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

3 April 2014

South Africa: The Economic Debate - EFF Takes Centre Stage - but for Whose Benefit?

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On Thursday evening Talk Radio 702's Money Show hosted a town hall debate with major political parties about the economy. There was some food for thought, some frustration, and at the end, some booing. There was, you might say, something for everyone. The ANC was represented by the Gauteng MEC Qedani Mahlangu, the DA by Tim Harris, and Economic Freedom Fighters by that well-known student of economics, Dali Mpofu. STEPHEN GROOTES was working the audience.

On the main stage, the party representatives all seemed to choose a look that represented their organisations. Mahlangu was confidently dressed in a sort-of business garb, with a stylish scarf, a look that screamed establishment. Tim Harris did the Ray Donovan, the tie-less white shirt with an open jacket. And Mpofu wore the usual uniform, complete with red headdress. (I wonder when he was last pictured without it.) Oh, and Agang sent a few people who debated amongst themselves before deciding who would speak on their behalf. All of the speakers' expressions during the debate were fascinating. Mahlangu just shook her head, almost in wonder, when listening to Mpofu, and during the breaks they laughed and jibed at each other. Harris was the cool, confident...

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