Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

30 July 2014

South Africa: Rebels With a Cause? Why Mantashe Is Seeing Red Over the EFF

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Throw in the words "fascist", "anarchy", "destruction", "paramilitary", and "rebel movement", group them all in one paragraph to describe a political organisation in South Africa, and you have to wonder if a coup is in progress or imminent. When these words are uttered by the secretary general of the ruling party, not a deranged doomsayer, it could be time to start building bunkers and stocking up on candles and tinned food. Gwede Mantashe says it is time for South Africa to "wake up and smell the coffee" regarding the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Is it possible, though, that Mantashe is trying to make a frappe smell like a macchiato?

Comparing Julius Malema to Adolf Hitler is more on trend these days in offline discussions between ANC leaders than complaining about negative media coverage. As Malema's support grew stronger over the past year, so too did the irritation about why ordinary people were falling under his spell and not seeing the similarities with Hitler on his path to destruction.

It was initially the South African Communist Party that summed up Julius Malema's spectacular comeback in politics through his Economic Freedom Fighters as a fascist project and drew the...

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