OPINION: The EFF , from bold to boring sage_of_absurd
While disorder serves a political purpose, the EFF ’s incessant need to settle so comfortably into this role has resulted in a disorder that fails to serve and serves to destroy, writes Haji Mohamed Dawjee.opinion South Africans have never been short on inspiration in the art of disrupting politics and government, but things truly caught traction in 2014 when EFF members disrupted Parliament during former President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address where he was heckled by the “workers party” to pay back the money spent on his Nkandla homestead. At the time, the EFF represented a more cohesive South Africa. One where citizens could all unite under that banner of disappointment and exhaustion about Zuma’s inferior leadership. And so, the hope of a new political party was born - one that would usurp old leadership with great disruption. It was only a matter of time. The state of the nation was bleak. The landscape was barren and in need of fresh green-shoots populism. The EFF's appeal and stance against anti-elitist sentiment and a government that sought only to fulfil selfish needs had the potential to bloom into something more than a political party which was seen as an outsider of the system. In many ways, the Sona 2014 “pay back the money” protest was just what the nation needed in the fight against officials who received misplaced benefits and exercised exponential amounts of corruption. The party’s incessant shouting in the assembly led to the halting of the address. As a result, the National Assembly determined that the EFF’s behaviour constituted contempt of Parliament in terms of the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act. The disruption warranted a harsh punishment. It was found that 21 EFF MPs‚ including Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu, were guilty of contempt of Parliament. And 12 of them were, in fact, suspended without pay for between 14 and 30 days. Other members were fined the equivalent of 14 days salary. Still, it was only a matter of time before the “rise of the great disruption” captured an event like Sona. Disruption is good. It speaks the language of the unsatisfied citizen and it thrives under conditions of a twisted status quo that fails to serve the needs of an ever-evolving public. Without “controversial” action, the EFF may not have existed… and flourished. They resembled a force of change for a public who were thirsty for transformation and frustrated with political system. It was a bold move. And in many ways, it did pay off. The self-proclaimed workers party, in their red overalls and domestic worker uniforms, had solidified their stance as the representation of disorder. And while disorder serves, the party’s incessant need to settle so comfortably into this role has resulted in a disorder that fails to serve and serves to destroy. And their destruction has become an act of self-fulfilment. This year, the EFF threatened to disrupt Sona once again. And so they did. As I watched the drama unfold once more, I found my fondness for their controversy - and to be fair, entertainment value - evolve into something more sullen. Even their wit and in some instances comedic value could not distract me from the negative thoughts that started to simmer in my soul. WATCH: 'Pravin must go!' EFF disruption forces Sona suspension At a time when South Africa sits on the verge of economic failure due to lack of growth, broken parastatal systems and recurring load shedding with landslide effects, it seemed to me that the lights of the EFF had truly been turned off. Their behaviour served no purpose in leading a public out of a dark present and potentially darker future when they spent almost over an hour haggling the House Speaker and members of Parliament about a long list of “inconveniences”. It started with insisting FW De Klerk be removed as a guest, (please note, that this was based on the comments the former president made last week when he said apartheid was not a crime against humanity. The hatred and hurt is not misplaced. However, had their passions to incite change been authentic, the EFF had five days to protest the decision of his invitation - they did not). Then their ire turned to Pravin Gordhan, a long-standing irritation on the skin of the EFF. It became clear to me that their intervention was not for the people, it was for themselves. The EFF's disruption of Sona is no longer a matter of profound revolutionary intervention - as we've seen in previous years. They have regressed into a group that merely seeks to disrupt the dissemination of information that fellow South Africans are waiting to hear. The EFF stands for the people, that’s their whole purpose in Parliament… or so it seemed. But the fact that their mere representation in that House assigns them a certain amount of elite and privilege cannot be overlooked. Their gaslighting was cheap and childish. And frankly, it was quite boring. The instability in the House is a perfect metaphor for the instability of the country. The health of the House is the health of the government. However, chaos only cripples us further and we move further away from the solidity that frankly, we cannot survive without. No institution can claim perfection. To say they can is delusional. Our state has unparalleled disadvantages. But this type of inferior protest doesn't address any of these disadvantages. It doesn't make planes fly, it doesn't create jobs and it most certainly does not turn the f&cking lights on. Haji Mohamed Dawjee is a South African columnist, disruptor of the peace and the author of 'Sorry, Not Sorry: Experiences of a brown woman in a white South Africa'. Follow her on Twitter. Read more: Eyewitness News
Sage_Of_Absurd They have nothing to offer but nonsense Sage_Of_Absurd Lies Sage_Of_Absurd As for the fighting, we are not the only country that does that,just that it must be managed. And they didn't fight this time. Sage_Of_Absurd Just like in soccer,a goal is a goal, whether through a header or foot. EFF scored one goal, the Fw de Klerk one. They forced Anc to defend him,while he has killed their own people
Sage_Of_Absurd I guess De Klerk and apartheid entertained you. Sage_Of_Absurd They are becoming irrelevant. My concern...they will deliberately create chaos and tension to try and instigate chaos and racial conflict as the only way to be in the news. Watch Freestate threat and put them in jail. Prevent their chaos strategies.
Sage_Of_Absurd The EFF need to forget about shock tactics and show stopping antics. What can they come up with that will help the country and not themselves? How can they make this a better place? Sage_Of_Absurd We love it anyway Sage_Of_Absurd Actually they must turn the heat up by gunning for the facilitator of this whole madness... Your prepaid president!!!
Sage_Of_Absurd Boring you yes me am happy 😂😂😂 Sage_Of_Absurd Morons
EFF disrupts Sona: De Klerk must leave, Gordhan must be fired EFF leader says FW de Klerk's presence is an insult to victims of political violence Our little bantustan having an embarresing evening. And the eff failed in that point of order..... Apartheid illegitimate president.
Sage_Of_Absurd That's a big lie Sage_Of_Absurd Yawn... Sage_Of_Absurd Bold = Zuma Boring = Cyril ... We will never be told by Ramaphosa Defence force such nonsense. Sies! Sage_Of_Absurd Laughing stock of politics , bhahahahaha Sage_Of_Absurd EWN is boring................ Sage_Of_Absurd You condoned nonsense during JZ,you called it a brave act, because you feared RET,now chaos is back again you say it is bad, hypocrites,we need peace
Sage_Of_Absurd As if u are exciting us wena mpša. Bona, EFF is us and we are the EFF. Bring elections tomorrow and see that the EFF will not loose a single vote Sage_Of_Absurd No. They're delivering the prosperity that they promised their voters. Sage_Of_Absurd It remains an opinion Sage_Of_Absurd Bold when it suits your narative and your narrow interests agenda aginst JZ and boring when it features ur Jamnandas n Deklerk
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Sage_Of_Absurd Bold wen fighting Indians! Boring wen fighting whites! Just saying! Sage_Of_Absurd Yes the negros and masters are bored but they were happy when it was Zuma at the receiving Sage_Of_Absurd To puke Sage_Of_Absurd The problem is no one takes stratcom opinions seriously Sage_Of_Absurd U were happy bcoz he was disrupting parliament bcoz it was Zuma whom u don't like, now it's ur favorite u saying it's boring.. Aai suka... Unfortunately u wil stuck with them for the coming years to come... 🕺🕺
Sage_Of_Absurd I would like to applaud my party in doing what I voted them to do, we shall never, never retreat never surrender mentality. JamnandasMustGo. Sage_Of_Absurd Before u jump to boring when have ur ever declared EFF “Bold” ? stop with ur nonsense Sage_Of_Absurd They are bold, they know how to play the game. We are now digesting deklerk and jamnandas stories.
Sage_Of_Absurd Sage_Of_Absurd 'It was found that 21 EFF MPs‚ including Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu, were guilty of contempt of Parliament. And 12 of them were, in fact, suspended without pay for between 14 and 30 days.' Didn't the courts reverse this decision? Your article doesn't reflect that fact
Malema explains EFF's U-turn on Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane | IOL News EFF president Julius Malema says Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane will finish her term of office. MalemaAtPressClub Thandi's indecisiveness about EFF at SONA can persuade me to believe Malema. I used to believe in Thandi' leadership now I am not sure if she has the gall to take decisions, time will tell though. 👌✊ BlackCulture_HM What for
Sage_Of_Absurd Bored yeah but who tolcha that your tired opinion on EFF matters? Truth is it doesn't. Sage_Of_Absurd You speaking on behalf of de klerk and his foundation. Sage_Of_Absurd Blowing Hot air Sage_Of_Absurd If you want entertainment switch to Telly Tubbies 💁💁💁 wtf! Sage_Of_Absurd Tsek tsek tsek!
Sage_Of_Absurd Boring is Eyewitness News and the author of this article Sage_Of_Absurd They are boring now, so let’s stop giving them the media airtime they so desperately need to remain alive. If you journalists stop covering them they’ll vanish within 3 years. Sage_Of_Absurd Boring? My vote was well represented yesterday and big up to the fighters EFFSouthAfrica
Sage_Of_Absurd Not interested. No more Malema stories please. Sage_Of_Absurd Is the author an India!?
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WATCH: ‘The EFF touches the untouchable’: Malema defends walk-outMalema added parliament was not all about dressing up nicely - a reference to the glamorous procession of MPs and guests on the red carpet earlier. Fukc Malema. The EFF will never rule SA but instead they will scatter away the day they challenge Julius Malema for leadership