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Julius Malema. There is no one else in SA politics any more.

I went to Daily Maverick’s The Gathering as a novelist, seeking a spark of inspiration for fiction. I didn’t find it, but as they say, truth is stranger.

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Julius Malema’s Tailored Image

At the end of April this year, South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), launched its local government elections manifesto in front of 40,000 people in Johannesburg’s Orlando Stadium. Julius Malema, who serves as both the party’s political and sartorial “Commander in Chief,” led the proceedings, sporting his now iconic red beret and jumpsuit.

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Expropriation Without Compensation: It’s game on!

Want some confirmation that Julius Malema’s EFF has squirrelled its way into the national consciousness and dug in for good? Since the elections, I’ve been receiving emails and Tweets and alarmed phone calls regarding the imminent expropriation sans compensation of the high-walled compounds many South Africans call home.

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Radical economic transformation: ANC’s puzzling game of Cluedo, Chess and Poker

For two years now, political journalists have been trying to plough through ANC parlance to find out what exactly the ruling party’s plans are to achieve economic growth. The use of the term “radical” began at the ANC’s policy conference in June 2012, in the context of discussions of the party’s strategy and tactics document, which propositioned that the country should enter into a second phase of transition.

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ANC Women’s League: Winning the headlines, missing out on real issues

Over the course of the last year, I’ve received press releases from the Women’s League condemning high profile cases of violence against women and welcoming sentences for the crimes. Notes on Women’s Day and other key dates are as routine as birthday cards.

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Farewell Kgalema: SA’s reluctant president rides into the sunset

If ever you thought Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe was bluffing, that he secretly did harbour big political ambitions, an interview he did with journalist and author John Carlin in early 2009, during his stint as president, reveals exactly how he feels about high office.

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