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The DA and the EFF: A blind date, a shotgun marriage and then divorce

Steven Boykey Sidley | 2016-08-25 10:36:32.0
Julius Malema, leader of South Africa's Economic Freedom Fighters, gestures during a media briefing in Alexander township near Sandton, South Africa
Julius Malema, leader of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), gestures during a media briefing in Alexander township near Sandton, South Africa August 17, 2016.
Image by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / REUTERS

The EFF's municipal manifesto is ill-conceived, devoid of economic understanding, and lacking basic economic calculations, writes Steven Boykey Sidley

The EFF and the DA, with nary a blind date behind them, have had a shotgun marriage followed by some explosively good sex over the last few days. Orgasms and batted eyelids  and cuddles galore and optimism about the future.

So, how soon will this charade be over?

The EFF manifesto says that all the metro services you will ever need will be provided by municipality-owned companies staffed by you, our local citizens, trained and paid by us, the municipality.

A sample (quoted verbatim from their manifesto document, capital letters included):

‘The EFF's People Municipality WILL ABOLISH ALL FORMS OF INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS AND DWELLINGS, AND PROVIDE ADEQUATE HUMAN SETTLEMENTS FOR ALL.’

Did anyone in the EFF with any understanding of the way the wider world works even read this document? Did anybody ask how?

This manifesto is so ill-conceived, so devoid of the most basic economic understanding, so lacking in  basic cost/expense calculation and so uninformed by tragic global history (Stalin’s Russia comes to mind), as to be a case study in the worst of magical thinking.

Malema is a brilliant salesman and explosive orator. But make no mistake. He is a peddler of snake oil.

And this is who the DA has been forced to marry by the mandates of democracy and power.

This is an edited extract. Read the full column on RDM

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