The weird world of politics: Will EFF Cope?

2014-06-15 15:00

Just a month ago, EFF leader Julius Malema boasted that his party would not fracture in the same manner Cope did. But the infighting has not taken long to start.

This week already, Malema was running around the country dousing fires after disgruntled members of his party threatened to revolt against him.

This followed his “restructuring” of the party that entailed removing some people from leadership positions and replacing them with others.

But what must have hurt most was one angry member’s line that “Julius has gone back to his old ways”.

Old foes reunite

History seemingly repeats itself, like the National Assembly getting a Speaker it has had before, or ANC MP Lumka Yengeni returning to head Parliament’s portfolio committee on labour – she was initially redeployed from the position in 2010 after unhappiness over the way she handled the labour broker hearings.

Another MP that has returned to that same committee was the DA’s Ian Ollis. The two previously had a love-hate relationship, and together they promise to create more fireworks in the new term.

Careful reading

Out of sight doesn’t always mean out of mind. Last Sunday at a press conference, Uncle Gwede Mantashe was listing all those who were to blame for the ANC’s failure to deal with the platinum strikes.

One of the scapegoats was Julius Malema’s EFF, but the Freudian slip on the printed press release blamed the now almost-defunct Cope for being involved in the strike negotiations and “collaboration with the foreign forces”.

Cope leader Terror Lekota would perhaps temporarily have rejoiced in this misprint, except the slip never made it past Uncle Gweezy’s reading lips.

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