Best of Voices: future of the EFF looks bleak

2017-08-01 16:08
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Many citizens are entertained by the EFF’s violent shenanigans in Parliament, but I don’t believe these theatrics have much of an impact any longer. Refusing to be in Parliament when the president was present, for instance, was counter-productive.

“Give our land back” has become a popular slogan, but this is more about symbolism and assertiveness than reality.

Relatively few people have the ambition to leave the city for the tough life of working the land – and South Africa is two-thirds urbanised.

Malema and Co targets Jacob Zuma all the time, but in reality there is little difference between the noises the Zuma faction and the ANC Youth League have been making recently and that of the EFF, writes Max du Preez.

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You're not tired of our politics, you're tired of the ANC

While it is undeniable that many South Africans do indeed feel disillusioned, they feel that way because of the regard that they hold for the Republic and the constitutional democracy that organises it. The problem that plagues our Republic is not ‘politics’ but rather corruption – ANC corruption to be exact. 

People are feeling powerless in the face of corruption that has escalated to heights beyond what anyone could have imagined as recently as five years ago. Let’s call a spade a spade. Let’s understand that there are solutions to this problem but none of these solutions would emanate from mislabelling politics, writes Anneke Scheepers.

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Helpmekaar: assumptions breed intolerance

The culture at Helpmekaar, at least when I attended (and likely still exactly the same under the excellent tutelage of headmaster Klaus König), is open and accepting of learners of any colour, and promotes and advocates tolerance, broad-mindedness, and kindness to everyone regardless of their race and creed.

The result was that we didn't feel “forced to acknowledge or applaud black competitors from other schools” – we did so willingly and consistently, irrespective of the colour of the opposition. Most of my peers grew into adults who still espouse and champion those same values today.

Oh, and we're surviving the “real world” just fine, thanks. Our schooling didn't render us “angry”, “frustrated” or “threatened”, writes Richard Brown.

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