The evolution of Julius Malema: Beneath the rhetoric is a shrewd political strategist

At times during Wednesday’s press conference, Julius Malema did not seem the most levelheaded leader when he announced that his Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) refused to enter into a coalition with anyone, ever.

The Democratic Alliance, he said, squinting impishly into the sun, is “the party of white racists”. The ANC “is a corrupt organisation, which subscribes to kleptocracy”.

His allegations that President Jacob Zuma took a bribe and that Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba spent stolen money could land him on the wrong side of a damages claim, should either choose to act.

But beneath the usual militant rhetoric and bluster lay steely resolve and cold calculation to play the long game – backed up by action that shows more maturity than the ANC showed this week.

The EFF would vote for DA mayors in major cities, Malema said, because it must.



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