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Vol 55 No 20

Published 10th October 2014

South Africa

Julius Malema in the dock

Will attempts to clip the wings of the maverick leader sink him or raise his profile?

Within the space of a week, Julius Malema, the self-styled 'commander-in chief' of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has been charged with both corruption and parliamentary indiscipline, leaving many people wondering where the firebrand leader is headed. The former African National Congress Youth League President has dominated headlines since he was expelled from the governing ANC in 2012 and again since he was sworn in as a member of parliament five months ago. It's hard to judge whether he is destined for the presidency or for gaol.

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