South Africa: This Is What Panic Looks Like


The Economic Freedom Fighters, who pose as pugilistic revolutionaries afraid of nothing and no one, have now "banned" Daily Maverick, Scorpio, and amaBhungane from all of their events. For an organization that has a 'War Council' and a 'Commander-in-Chief', this appears to be a panic move.

Imagine a political party led by a political celebrity pretending to have a political platform. He emerges from the bog of the Mbeki-era ANC Youth League -- (highlight: during a press conference, he disparages the size of a BBC journalist's 'junk', as the kids would say) -- and yet we cover his rise, because he is a vital story in the history of the oldest liberation movement in Africa, and hug-ability isn't the criteria by which we judge importance.

Self-confessed vanguard of 'the youth', he backs Jacob Zuma in the succession battle again Mbeki, and in the process helps advance both rape culture and demagoguery as the grammar of our political discourse.

Still, we cover him, because this devolution itself is an important story.

As head of the Youth League, he calls for nationalisation of the mines, the banks and the land, and shortly thereafter finds himself excommunicated from the mother body.

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