The Rise of South Africa's Third Party

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Criticisms of party Critics of the party have pointed to its leaders’ fiery, sometimes race-baiting, rhetoric; at its far-left policies; at parliamentarians’ insistence on wearing bright red workman’s uniforms for official appearances; and its habit, in its early days, of getting into violent scuffles in parliament. But in the past year, the party has grown in ambition and maturity.

It has encroached on the ANC’s traditional base — South Africa’s poor black majority. Because of that fierce loyalty, the ruling ANC has been forced to pay attention to the far-left party’s calls for land redistribution without compensation. At the local level, Marikana resident Nomxolisi Mafolwana said EFF representatives have brought positive change.

Pretorius, she said, helped set up a small community project in which mineworkers’ widows sell chickens. That, she says, has improved their meager income. “EFF has made a good change,” she told VOA as she plucked feathers from a freshly killed bird that she sold minutes later for less than $3 (R40).

“She is trying, because this is not a place that it is people (who) live here. It’s a place (where) pigs live, not people.

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