The EFF's 10 takeaways from the state of the nation debacle

2015-02-13 15:21

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The Economic Freedom Fighters held a press conference today following their ousting during the State of the Nation address yesterday. Here are ten highlights from their response to yesterday's events:

» There’s more to come. Expect an even more militant Parliament henceforth. President Jacob Zuma appears in the house to answer questions on March 11 and respond to the debate on his state of the nation address next week.

» The Economic Freedom Fighters wants to change the culture of the South African Parliament and challenge the rule book.

» The battle goes to court too. The EFF intends to take the beatings as well as the external police presence to court, possibly on constitutional grounds. The party claims that parliamentary police felt marginalised by the presence of national intervention and presidential protection officers. Only eight of the security officers in the National Assembly were parliamentary police, the party says.

» The EFF is worried about its dissident and rebel breakaways led by Mpho Ramakhatsa and Andile Mngxitama. Expect further skirmishes. Both are likely to be disciplined and expelled soon.

» EFF MP Reneilwe Mashabane has a fractured cheek bone and remains in hospital. She was injured while being removed from Parliament. She is the MP who called President Jacob Zuma a thief in Parliament in November.

» Events last night were scripted by the EFF. It turned out as planned and promised to its electorate, said its president, Julius Malema.

» Malema is worried about his ability to father a brother or sister for his son Ratanang as there was a particular officer who took a perverse interest in his testicles (Or as he put it: “There was one obsessed with my balls there.”).

» Malema’s greatest strength is the depth and length of his knowledge of the ANC. This enables him to anticipate the governing party’s strategy and tactics and to pre-empt them.

» The EFF is a young party. It is fronted by young people though it has an older brains trust it uses very well. The ANC is also a young party but its old tradition of electing leaders from the elders is making it feel dated against the nimble newcomer.

» The EFF studies and workshops. It is clear that the parliamentary rules were studied and memorised.

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