SA politics stays put on the centre

2019-05-30 08:48
Julius Malema, leier van die EFF, wat gevaar spel vir politieke stabiliteit.        Foto: Tebogo Letsie

Julius Malema, leier van die EFF, wat gevaar spel vir politieke stabiliteit. Foto: Tebogo Letsie

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In response to William Gumede's article, How the EFF has shifted SA politics, to the left.

The left is dying a slow death if not dead already. The EFF is trying to resuscitate the left, unfortunately they are using a wrong method. 

Your explanation of populism is apt, history has taught us that such an approach has a limited life span if it survives at all. 

Centre-left and social cohesion is the way to go and the ANC is on the right track. Going through such a process will encounter challenges and hiccups along the way. Perfect example are the so called Zuma-ites.

When I refer to limited life span I am talking about those behind such rhetoric, like WMC and expropriation without compensation.

The Zuma faction and the EFF are engulfed in corruption or corrupt activities. It is a matter of time they get exposed and perhaps sent to jail, that's when the left will die.

When you look at COSATU, you will appreciate that it exists as a shadow of its former self. Unionism is dying a slow death as well.

One thing we should not take for granted, it is the intelligence of the electorate. The electorate learns everyday as our politics evolve, just look at the recent general elections.

Almost all the new political parties that contested in the 2019 elections performed dismally.

If what Gumede is saying holds water, EFF under Malema could have performed much much better than the 10% they received. Results they received were not good ROI. People didn't buy the rhetoric.

Just look at BLF, talk is very cheap especially when it is left populism.

Just look at NUMSA, even their members don't buy the left populism rhetoric.

I don't believe the EFF or any other party has moved SA politics to the left, perhaps momentarily it has moved but that cannot be sustained.

People want jobs, that's their first concern and not Land. The left populism will and cannot create an environment conducive for economic growth and jib creation.

Bongani Mbanjwa

Brackendowns Alberton

Read more on:    cosatu  |  eff  |  elections 2019  |  politics
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