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February 5, 2019

South Africa
The Economic Freedom Fighters, South Africa's Enfant Terrible

On February 2, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) unveiled its election manifesto with spectacle and fiery rhetoric characteristic of its leader, Julius Malema. It reiterated its position on land and mine ownership, called for the doubling of social grants (welfare payments), and for increases in spending on educational infrastructure and healthcare.


November 14, 2018

South Africa
South Africa National Elections Scheduled for May 2019

The South African Independent Electoral Commission has announced that national elections will occur on a Wednesday between May 7 and the end of the month in 2019. The three leading parties will be the governing African National Congress (ANC), led by current state President Cyril Ramaphosa; the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), led by Mmusi Maimane; and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), led by Julius Malema.


September 28, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Julius Malema and South African Politics

The African National Congress’ (ANC) firebrand outcast Julius Malema has been formally charged with money laundering linked to state contracts in his native Limpopo province, probably the poorest in …

South African former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema gestures to his supporters during his court appearance in Polokwane 26/09/2012.

February 7, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa: Julius Malema Out of the ANC

On February 4, the appeals committee of the African National Congress (ANC) upheld the previous convictions by the National Disciplinary Committee of youth league leader Julius Malema and his closest…

African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema addresses his supporters during a march in Johannesburg October 27, 2011.

December 21, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa Populist Julius Malema on the Comeback Trail?

Suspended ANCYL president Julius Malema (L) gestures as his secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa looks on during a media briefing at the party's headquarters in Johannesburg, November 16, 2011. (Sip…

South Africa Populist Julius Malema on the Comeback Trail?

May 10, 2018

South Africa
"Land Reform" Distracts From Poverty Alleviation in South Africa

Much of the political discourse in South Africa surrounding the subject is largely irrelevant to the kind of land reform demanded by much of the public.


May 1, 2018

South Africa
Winnie's Death Reignites Criticism of Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

In the wake of Winnie’s death, commentators on the left and advocates for black power are now openly challenging the compromise made by Nelson Mandela because of the persistence of gross inequality and poverty largely defined by race.


November 18, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa: Was Julius Malema in ZANU-PF’s Pocket?

Julius Malema (L), leader of the ruling African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL),is welcomed by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R) at State House in Harare, April 5, 2010. (Philimon Bulaway…

South Africa: Was Julius Malema in ZANU-PF’s Pocket?

August 30, 2011

Politics and Government
South Africa’s Julius Malema Faces the Music—Maybe

ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema (C) addressees his supporters as he is flanked by Pule Mabe (L) and ANC Youth League secretary general Sindiso Magaqa outside the party headquarters in central J…

South Africa’s Julius Malema Faces the Music—Maybe

February 13, 2018

South Africa
Timeline: Zuma's Departure Draws Nearer

The timeline indicates that the ANC “recalled” Zuma (directed him to resign the presidency) on February 13, and that he has refused. Now he faces a vote of no-confidence in parliament or possible impeachment.