How the Mandela dream became a nightmare

- | 4 months ago

Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters, who doubled their support in the election, are seen by many commentators as a potential radical, populist alternative to Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC leader and SA’s president.

But ‘son of the soil’ Malema, who drives a Mercedes-Benz and wears a $17,000 Breitling watch, and who is dubbed by his supporters (not ‘the people’) as ‘commander-in-chief of the poor masses’, is nothing more than a smart operator; an opportunist cut from the same cloth as the ANC. What is really remarkable about South Africa is that there has not been greater disruption, protest, uprisings and lawlessness.

To be sure, there has been a huge number of protests and demonstrations that the freedom-loving ANC government has been happy to repress, often with much police brutality.

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