Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

27 August 2014

South Africa: Shades of Yesterday - EFF and Madonsela Face Total Onslaught

Photo: Nardus Engelbrecht/Sapa
Policemen break up a scuffle between Economic Freedom Fighters MPs and ANC members at Parliament in Cape Town.

analysis

To deal with mounting unrest, tough measures are being ordered to "restore and maintain law and order". "Appropriate steps" cannot be disclosed but they are strong and uncompromising. Not only the rule of law but also the fate of the nation is at stake in the growing unrest.

"I am committed to maintaining law, order and stability in our society." You might think these are the words of one of the security cluster ministers speaking at a media briefing at Parliament on Tuesday. Actually, this was the former Apartheid president PW Botha speaking in Parliament in March 1985. Remarkably similar, isn't it? Terrifyingly so. Welcome to the reinvention of 'Kragdadigheid'.

President Jacob Zuma's frontline defenders, the security cluster ministers, trotted out on Tuesday morning to announce to the media a "contingency plan" to prevent disruptions to parliamentary proceedings. This was in reaction to last Thursday's pandemonium in the National Assembly during the president's question time, when the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) disrupted proceedings and demanded that Zuma pay back the money for undue benefits he received at his Nkandla home.

The security cluster previously featured in the special operations to contain the fallout over the Gupta family...

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