Julius Malema is a mesmerizing public speaker. Pity his gospel is so fraught. This piece for New Frame.
It’s a gift. These ous make it too easy for him,” an EFF organiser grumbled ironically under his breath as he cussed a pair of cops walking past. The police officers were casing out a meeting at the Wiggins Community Hall, where EFF commander-in-chief Julius Malema was addressing his “ground forces”.
The EFF organiser mumbled about police “victimisation” of the red berets, though the sluggish cops hardly looked menacing. Pencil pushers, he concluded, with a mildly irritated shrug. We bemoaned the state of government in general, though it is an obvious boon for opposition parties like the EFF.
On the outskirts of Durban’s central business district, Wiggins is a low-cost housing settlement where the narrow, litter-choked streets are vivid testimony to the state’s failures.