2 minute read
10 Oct 2020
5:03 am

Days are dark and friends are few


Times are getting dark for him and in the ANC, those times mean friends are few.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule holds a media briefing to discuss the outcomes of its four-day National Executive Committee meeting at Luthuli House, Johannesburg, 2 October, 2019. Picture: Emmanuel Croset

Here’s an interesting factoid: the only person who hasn’t disappeared into political obscurity after leaving the ANC has been Julius Malema. The former youth league mafia don successfully turned his ouster from the ANC into the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). There are those who say Malema survived and thrived because he never really left the ANC, because the ruling party is using the EFF as a stalking horse, or even as storm troopers to bring about a “national democratic revolution”, or “radical economic transformation” without spooking investors and the middle class, never mind white people. That is a discussion for...