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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.

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