EFF has bragging rights to making a political statement

2015-07-03 16:31


Dynamite comes in small packages. It takes an equivalent of a box of matches to blow open an ATM. Don’t quote me on that one. Hearsay. If I knew first-hand, I wouldn’t be writing this piece ... 

The Economic Freedom Fighters came on to the political scene with a clear mandate to shake things up and give some sleepy MPs a rude awakening ... Nothing beats a siesta after a heavy lunch. Leather couches and dreary speeches in the background are the cherry on top. But now there are no more images of MPs in “silent prayer”. 

Six percent. That’s the share the red berets got of the national vote. But after their “pay back the money” antics during the state of the nation address you would be forgiven for thinking they got as much as the “glorious movement”. The “fire eaters” own the bragging rights to making a statement. 

So today the red machine descended on Marikana to lay criminal charges against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Lonmin directors and national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega. The prospects of a successful prosecution are debatable, but laying criminal charges against Ramaphosa is enough to keep the party on the news agenda. 

Malema’s utterances yesterday at the party’s headquarters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, set the tone for what’s in store for all involved in the drama that’s unfolding over Judge Ian Farlam’s report. 

“There is a worse story to be told from Ramaphosa’s side. Only police can unearth that information, not a commission. We are convinced that there is dangerous information hidden in his electronics,” said Malema after denying that there was a vendetta behind the party’s decision to lay charges against the deputy president. 

Like a kid with a grenade, Malema can’t be ignored. His constant taunts have everyone wondering if and when he’ll pull the pin and blow things up. Ticktock ticktock ... 

Read more on:    eff  |  julius malema  |  cyril ramaphosa  |  marikana

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