Yes, the EFF hogs headlines, but the news is not good for Juju’s ...


Yes, the EFF hogs headlines, but the news is not good for Juju’s lot

They can spew all the toxic drivel they want, it doesn't change their very, very small support base


The EFF can spew all the “superior logic” it can dredge up from its reservoir of misogyny, flip-floppery and chest-thumping pseudo-revolution, but the numbers remain cool and dispassionate: in May, we learnt that just 5% of eligible SA voters support Julius Malema’s living, breathing, shouting selfie.

Put another way, that’s one single student in a class of 20, incessantly proclaiming that it speaks for the rest of the class – and succeeding: an extraordinary number of journalists still have a stenographic approach to the EFF.

Given all this, I understand why so many readers of this publication write in to ask why my colleagues and I keep mentioning them. Why, I am often asked, give the EFF the oxygen it craves? Why not just blank it completely, or give it a proportional amount of coverage, say, one story in 20?..

This article is reserved for Times Select subscribers.
A subscription gives you full digital access to all Times Select content.

Times Select

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems?
Email or call 0860 52 52 00.

Previous Article