6% is all it takes

Even though the EFF won only a frac­tion of the vote, it has raised its hand as the But how will the ANC re­spond?

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thresh­old, other means must be de­ployed. And so the over­alls and maids’ uni­forms stay on. This de­spite the fact that out­side Par­lia­ment most of the EFF mem­bers are Gucci and Ar­mani faith­fuls with jew­ellery at the level of Bre­itling wrist­watches.

The at­ti­tude all the time is one of scorn for the in­sti­tu­tion of Par­lia­ment and its Western cul­tures of “honourable mem­bers” and ir­ri­tant “points of or­der”.

The EFF cal­cu­lates to sub­vert the num­bers game of Par­lia­ment and in ef­fect take away the 60% from the ANC by dom­i­nat­ing the news agenda. And the party has suc­ceeded, thanks to an ir­ri­ta­ble ANC that plays right into the pro­pa­ganda tac­tics. The dra­mat­ics in the Gaut­eng and East­ern Cape leg­is­la­tures around over­alls were sim­ply un­nec­es­sary, yet very effective for the EFF.

I mean, how does Zuma go to a house of de­bates and say he does not want a de­bate on the is­sue he is be­ing asked about.

What in­deed if he truly does not want a de­bate? Does that mean a de­bate is then banned by pres­i­den­tial de­cree? It is a red flag to the red bulls and they took him on. Zuma started off laugh­ing when Malema de­clared they would not leave the House un­til they got an an­swer, but that soon be­came the scowl in that now se­ri­alised pic­ture, be­fore he was whisked away.

En­ter the na­tional chair­per­son of the ANC, who also moon­lights as Speaker when she is not fa­tigued. Was she deal­ing with rowdy but still honourable mem­bers or with “howlers”, as she al­most said? In that mo­ment, was she the

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