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The EFF Effect

23 June 2014, 18:15

Rightly or wrongly I have always argued rather vehemently that a person who fights tooth and nail for the rights of the poor, for equality amongst mankind and for the end of all exploitation of indigenous people need not be as impoverished and downtrodden as those he represents.

Indeed we have seen many examples of very wealthy people spending a huge chunk of their time and money helping the needy, high profile cases like Angelina Jolie’s many efforts to lend a hand wherever she can and the Bill (Gates) and Melinda Foundation with its many successes fighting malaria etc It’s a grave mistake to think otherwise unless you are being very selective and highly inconsistent in your thinking.

Economic Freedom Fighter members cannot be expected to decline Parliamentary salaries (because everyone needs an income) to prove a point of being united with the poor, nor are they forced to remain silent when ludicrous amounts are deducted from their salaries for medical Aid without the option of choosing their own. The response to their cries? “It’s always been this way” is damning on those who have always been there (to say the least).

For 20 years the DA and the ANC sat comfy and cushy on those benches, nodding off to sleep whenever boredom overcame them, all at our (taxpayers) expense. Juju has rocked up and ruffled feathers, questioning everything and asking the penetrating questions that we All would love to ask, what was revolutionary about the past 20 years?

It came at the right time because the Commander in Chief had just back-peddled on the use of public schools and other facilities; his kid goes to a private school like all kids whose parents want the best for them, lest we take this as exposing his real character he will be best advised never to utter things he does not mean – if he does, let him be clear that tomorrow he may or may not be still be having the same goals and values.

He will do well to set our minds at ease about their claim that they (EFF) aim to use public transport and public hospitals without undermining our intelligence by saying this will be a goal if they get a two-thirds majority, if they can change the Constitution, if…if..if…so far it’s All been just talk, we need to see EFF walk the walk.

On the bright side, as predicted, EFF may have jolted the ANC out of its slumber; there they’ve been all along taking sole credit for our release from apartheid bondage forgetting the Freedom Charter, forgetting that South Africans liberated themselves, the ANC was merely entrusted with negotiating our future.

These days the ANC is again making the right noises about addressing land and economic reform more vigorously - they must not forget that most of us are all done believing lies, we want to see real IMPLEMENTATION of all these ideas they’ve been talking about for so long.

EFF must continue asking the hard questions, the ANC must not try to stifle or silence them but rather come with answers to these questions and our democracy will grow stronger each day.

As for the DA, Herman Mashaba joined the DA and at once made it known that he IS for BEE to redress apartheid-created inequalities’, - it will be interesting to see whether the DA Can actually embrace our country’s realities or will it remain in a perpetual state of denial fighting the New South Africa at each turn and remaining the Most divisive force in our country.

I’m more optimistic with the direction we are taking than I was before the elections; I believe the train has finally left the station, time will tell.

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