The Red Berets did well, believes William Gumede of the Wits School of Governance. “If you think about what’s happened to Cope – they’re almost out of the picture.” The EFF is the first post-1994 party to increase their number of votes, jumping from 6,35% in 2014 to 10,79% now. The party is also the official opposition in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West. Gumede believes Julius Malema (ABOVE) and his team are on course to becoming the official opposition one day. “I think from their point of view they’ve had a successful campaign and delivered what they wanted.” But political analyst Prof Somadoda Fikeni says the party has a lot of work to do. “They should find out how they can reach out to South Africans better.” They can’t just be content with playing the blame game, he says – especially now that Ramaphosa is tackling many of the EFF’s top issues.