Over the course of 2014, the EFF has become, in their own words, ‘a vanguard movement’ — largely because they’re the only game in town when it comes to an organised, boisterous left. But how can the party grow in the next four years to challenge the ANC in 2019, painting the entire country Red? Meet one of the Fighters who plans on taking the party from Marxist sloganeering to the State Presidency.
At first there isn’t much that sets Mlungisi Rapolile apart from the mass of Fighters milling around the two ice-cream vendors outside Free State University’s Callie Human auditorium. He wears standard issue red beret, standard issue overalls and a standard issue red backpack. The first clue that he’s perhaps something more lurks in the backpack, which is stuffed to the point of overflowing, and the second clue in the slight crinkling around the corners of his eyes.
They suggest that a) Rapolile is either a scholar or a drug dealer, and b) he’s about fifteen years older than the average Fighter gathered here to participate in the EFF’s first National People’s Assembly. Two of those clues, it turns out, prove to be largely on…
Source : Daily Maverick