5 September 2014

South Africa: Analysis - Opposition Jostles for Position in Fifth Parliament


While the DA basked in Spy Tape triumph in Pretoria, the EFF had a muted time of it in Parliament, with their first motion thoroughly defeated and mention of Julius Malema's tax bill trailing him. The EFF also failed to win a single seat at the Wits student elections when results were announced on Thursday. The DA will be hoping that this represents the order of things going forward: the EFF all flash and no substance, while the DA's painstaking, long-term projects - like the Spy Tape litigation - bear fruit.

It's been a fortnight where many people been drawing unflattering comparisons between the DA and the EFF - unflattering, that is, for the DA. Used to comfortably occupying the territory of the most consistent and vocal opposition to the ruling party, the DA has suddenly found itself pushed into a new space. It's a space where the red-overalled upstarts have seemed to capture the imagination of even those who might balk strongly at the idea of voting EFF.

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