EFF - The Party Triumphant!

2014-12-16 05:52

Politics is about power. And the process leading to power is like going through dark and murky waters.  It has always been that way. It involves the whole complex network of forces and cross-pollination of factors that are coordinated into the courting, marrying and mounting of the political cake.

The Economic Freedom Fighters are wrapping up its maiden elective national conference in Mangaung. The Conference came after a tortuous journey that was full of intrigues and horse-trading. In the process there appeared factions within the party who were positioning themselves to become banana peels to make the fledgling party slip and fall.

It is the nature of political contestations that there is always someone or a group unhappy with the process and the leadership that eventually win the elections. That is normal. But some of the factions in the EFF were led by individuals who have proven to be midget Hitlers.

It is only man who has no gravity to consider that hurls attacks on reality or persons that he cannot ordinarily match wit for wit politically.

For sure EFF has jumped the biggest hurdle with these elections. If there is one quality that characterises South African politics is witling and whipping down issues before the big elective day and those elected and those who have lost coming out of the event chanting, dancing and holding hands in a united front (real or imaginary).

If the EFF would have failed in this conference due to disunity and acrimony, it would not only had itself let down but it would have betrayed the hopes and aspirations of the millions of people it has stirred across the country and beyond the borders of South Africa with the messages of hope.

Wrapping up the conference they should not lose sight of the fact that the collective destiny of its members is far more important than individual or group interests, ambitions or grievances.

Great leaders separate themselves from the pack of pretenders when they are tested by crises.

Given the determination of the party to change the course of the country, it should embrace the ideals of unity; ensure healing of rifts and the smothering of cracks. Those elected should learn to let go of past grudges and previous grievances and move forward together as members of the same family.

The party is now restored to its default settings: a disciplined, idea driven, ideological platform which desires and determinations to do things differently.

Because the road ahead is hard, the party should heed the wise advice of the first African recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for literature, Wole Soyinka: You must set forth at dawn.

The elected leadership across the country should set forth early at dawn - start working the organization from within and ensure it is coherent and cohesive. According to Yoruba wisdom, as one approaches elder status, one ceases to indulge in battles. The internal acrimonies may emerge as a booby trap and the new leadership must be smart enough to crest these waves.

Now the serious business of politicking can begin. And what are some advices to offer to the new leadership?

The 7 Pillars of the EFF are a bit complex and long. It might be difficult to communicate them within a snap across the nation as the party is going on a campaign of having presence in every ward.

Instead of zeroing on 7 pillars the party could consider shrinking all the 7 pillars in one sentence, which will sounds like a piece of sweet music made up of one or two short tunes which occur again and again with slight variations.

Doing this it also helps them in composing themed songs. That will enable people to remember and recite the theme in their daily chores, and relating it further and further like wild fire.

The task awaiting the elected leadership of the party is to keep their heads above the waters, considering the intrigues, backbiting and occult practices which are all characteristics of our politics.

The majoy key challenge is the unlimited funds available for the other larger two political parties. In this respect the Treasurer Magdalene Moonsamy should set forth early at dawn to devise strategies to ‘obtain' electioneering campaign funds.

The major reasons many people greeted the formation of EFF with elation is because of the feeling that in the overall national interest it is good for South Africa as a whole to have an alternative party capable of truly competing with the ruling party, and by so doing forcing both sides to give their best.

One cannot talk about the vitality of democracy without talking about the diverse vitality of the political opposition. There is really no democracy without diversity in substantive opinions and political affiliations.

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