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Rule breaking is the EFF's brand - political analyst

11 February, 02:46 PM

Political analyst Richard Calland says that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have both injected life into Parliament and established themselves as rule breakers. "They have a strong political brand," he says and their focus on economic freedom resonates with many South Africans.

In this interview Calland details his concerns going into the State of the Nation Address in 2016. They include the atmosphere in the majority party, the African National Congress (ANC). "I will look to see whether this is a political party behind its leader," he tells News24's Erin Bates.

During the 2015 State of the Nation Address (SONA) EFF Members of Parliament repeatedly asked President Jacob Zuma for details on when he would pay back money for non-security upgrades to Nkandla. 

At the time Calland described the tactic as "an appalling and disruptive abuse of parliamentary process." Despite the EFF's disregard for parliamentary rules, one year on Calland says, "We should recognize the value they brought to our democratic politics the last year." He adds that on other occasions the party has made strategic use of processes in Parliament.

The political analyst sees a dissonance between the EFF's image and their obligation to comply with the Rules of Parliament. "There's a tension, because if they start playing by the rules and using the rules and playing within the rules, then in a sense their brand is weakened. Because their brand is that they're anti-establishment, that they are not the ANC. They are against the hegemony of the ANC."

Watch the full interview above.

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