Everyone was looking to EFF Commander-in-Chief Julius Malema for Parliamentary theatrics, but it was in the Gauteng Legislature where the party caused the biggest stir. One provincial member has a broken arm. Two were admitted for medical treatment. It seems that in the hallowed halls on President Street, the dress code is taken rather seriously. Asijiki.
Like Cope in 2009, the EFF’s performance in its inaugural elections was a resounding success. It rode a wave of populism and tapped into discontent using strident rhetoric focusing on a demand for socialist policies and increased transformation. Who better to tear holes in the ANC’s “good story” than a mix of former party leaders like Malema and civil society militants like Andile Mngxitama? The next step was to the legislative bodies, and everyone wanted to know if the rabble-rousers could play by the rules.
Malema used his maiden address to perfection. In opposition, with fewer seats then the DA, there’s little the EFF can really do but try to bolster their position for future elections. Malema took swipes at the ANC but withdrew on trifling points of order, like whether Blade Nzimande should be called “honourable”. His accusation that the…
Source : Daily Maverick