19 June 2014

South Africa: Disorder in the House - the Mmusi and Juju Show Has Arrived


For the ANC, Wednesday's debate on President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address was meant to be about rallying around Number One and defending the announcements he made the night before.

But it was always going to be an uphill battle knowing the new red army and the rejigged blue team were out to stage The Roast of Jacob Zuma. Debutants Mmusi Maimane and Julius Malema definitely announced themselves, and Malema, as anticipated, brought the House down. The ANC was forced to tell the enfant terrible and "pin-up boy of the suburbs" who's boss. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY and GREG NICOLSON.

In his maiden speech to Parliament, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema did what he came to do: make an impression, show that he is not prepared to play by the rules and give President Zuma a hard time. Malema certainly knows what buttons to press to rile the ANC.

Dressed in the EFF's trademark red overalls, Malema started off his address saying he thought it would be difficult to carry out his mandate "against the party which taught me everything I know today about politics". However, on seeing former the former minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk and Deputy...

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