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Vol 54 No 16

Published 2nd August 2013

South Africa

Tilting at the ANC

The EFF seeks to appeal to leftists disappointed by the ANC. Its main impact for now will be on the ANC’s internal politics

The deposed leader of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has staked a claim to political space well to the left of the governing party. Julius Malema aims to bring populist radicalism into the mainstream of South African politics. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) – a founding party congress is due shortly – describes itself as anti-capitalist. Among its policies it lists nationalisation without compensation of the commanding heights of the economy including land, mines and banks along with industrial protectionism and a massive state that will end all tenders and other contracting out.

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