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3 May 2016 08:36 (South Africa)

EFF manifesto: A radical reinvention of ANC’s failed cadre deployment policy

  • Ranjeni Munusamy
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    Ranjeni Munusamy

    Ranjeni Munusamy is a survivor of the Salem witch trials and has the scars to show it. She has a substantial collection of tattered t-shirts from having “been there and done it” – from government, the Zuma trials, spin-doctoring and upsetting the applecart in South African newsrooms. Following a rather unexciting exorcism ceremony, she traded her femme-fatale gear for a Macbook and a packet of Liquorice Allsorts. Her graduation Cum Laude from the School of Hard Knocks means she knows a thing or two about telling the South African story.

Photo: Julius Malema (C), leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), addresses supporters at the launch of the party’s local election manifesto in Soweto, 30 April 2016. EPA/CORNELL TUKIRI
Photo: ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe and ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa. (Greg Nicolson)

Analysis: Love during the Time of Zuma

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma arrives at a plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit in Margarita Island September 27, 2009. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi urged African and South American leaders on Saturday to strive for a new world order countering Western economic dominance. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Untrusted and Unpresidential: How low can the Zuma presidency go?

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi speaks at a news conference in Johannesburg, Thursday, 25 August 2011 following a meeting of their central executive committee. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Vavi’s May Day call: New labour federation set for weekend launch

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Big Brother from George Orwell’s 1984.

Pretty Vacant: Parliament Oversight's oversight to filling key intelligence post

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko during a media briefing update on ‘Rogue Unit’ Investigations held at the Imbizo Media Centre in Cape Town. (Photo: GCIS)

Police minister gifts Hawks a R1.4bn nest egg, but will it guarantee independence?

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he discusses his primary wins in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, during a speech in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, New York, USA, 26 April 2016. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

US2016: Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech sets off shock waves

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Businessman and US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts as he speaks at a campaign rally in Bethpage, on Long Island, New York, USA, 06 April 2016. Voters will go to the polls for the New York primary on 19 April. EPA/PETER FOLEY

Op-Ed: Yes, South Africa, Donald Trump Can Win

By James Cannon Boyce
Photo: Thousands of South Africans take to the streets of Cape Town in protest against President Jacob Zuma, calling for his resignation on the Freedom Day public holiday in Cape Town, South Africa 27 April 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: Welcome to The Age of Treason

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Minister of State Security David Mahlobo during a Pre-Budget Vote Media Briefing, 5 May 2015. (SIYABULELA DUDA/GCIS)

Op-Ed: You are insulting our intelligence, Minister Mahlobo

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a primary night event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 26 April 2016.  EPA/TRACIE VAN AUKEN.

US 2016: Trump, Clinton surge towards head-to-head clash

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: President Jacob Zuma introduces Minister of State Security David Mahlobo to President of Angola Josѐ Eduardo Dos Santos on arrival. President Zuma is on a working visit to Angola. The President is accompanied by the Minister of State Security, Mr David Mahlobo. 24/11/2015 (Photo: GCIS)

The Sinister Securocracy: Mahlobo chills the nation’s spine

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Participants in The People’s Assembly made up of civil society leaders and ordinary people hold placards as they take part in a rally to pressure the government into impeaching or demanding the resignation of South African President Zuma, Johannesburg, South Africa, 27 April 2016. About 75 civil society groups including those from churches, Corruption Watch and Section 27, are united in calling for the resignation of the president after he was found by the Constitutional Court to have illegally benefitted from upgrades to his personal homestead known as Nkandla. EPA/CORNELL TUKIRI

Rise or Fall: This is the start of the anti-Zuma protests, claim leaders

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Marius Fransman (GCIS)

Marius Fransman sexual assault charges and the sounds of deafening silence

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula attends a press conference at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 17 March 2016. EPA/SUMAYA HISHAM

Op-Ed: Fikile Mbalula waves his big transformation stick

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) is seen meeting with leaders of opposition parties at Tuynhuys in Cape Town on Tuesday, 18 November 2014. The opposition members who met Ramaphosa for more than two hours included Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane, EFF MP Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala, the United Democratic Movement’s Bantu Holomisa, the African Christian Democratic Party’s Kenneth Meshoe, the Congress of the People’s Mosiuoa Lekota, and the Freedom Front Plus’s Pieter Mulder. Picture: Department of Communications (DoC)/SAPA

Op-Ed: Coalition democracy is coming to SA

By Stephen Grootes
Photo of SA Parliament by Bertrand Duperrin, via Flickr

R1.8-million later: When Parliament embarks on a bad trip

By Marianne Merten
Photo: UDM leader Bantu Holomisa (UDM photo)

Campaign trail: UDM’s Bantu Holomisa takes it to the local level

By Marianne Merten
Photo: South African Navy corvettes built by German company Thyssen Krupp at anchor ahead of the Presidential Fleet Review in Simonstown, South Africa 05 September 2008. The Presidential Fleet Review showcased the entire South African navy fleet to the president. German company Thyssen Krupp were suppliers of corvettes and submarines to South Africa. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Arms Deal: The military side of the equation

By John Stupart
Photo: Then Justice Minister Jeff Radebe speaks at a briefing in Pretoria on Friday, 21 September 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Oakbay Resourceful: Gupta business gets a lifeline, and Cabinet’s helping hand

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma speaks at an election rally after his appearance in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 4 February 2009. Zuma’s case of fraud, racketeering, corruption and money laundering related to allegations of impropriety in an arms deal was postponed until 25 August, enabling his possible election as president of the republic, as he is the ANC's presidential candidate.  EPA/JON HRUSA

Op-Ed: Yes, Zuma must go. But what are the reasons?

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Ghaleb Cachalia, DA candidate for Ekurhuleni mayor. (Greg Nicolson)

Ghaleb Cachalia: More than a name for the DA?

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A file combo picture made available on 20 April 2016 shows US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addressing the National Action Network’s national convention in New York, New York, US, on 13 April 2016; and US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking at Trump Building in New York, New York, US, on 3 November 2015. EPA/JUSTIN LANE / ANDREW GOMBERT

US 2016: The Morning After the Morning After – New York state of mind

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Speaker Baleka Mbete (Greg Nicolson)

Baleka Mbete: Madam Speaker, Madam President?

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko, the Hawks head Mthandazo Ntlemeza. (GovernmentZA)

Helen Suzman Foundation vs the Hawks: Ntlemeza safe, for now

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: President Jacob Zuma delivers the State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, 12 February 2015. (Photo: DoC)

Parliamentary Diary: MPs in budget vote conveyer belt

By Marianne Merten
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma attends the China-South Africa Economy Forum at a hotel in Beijing, China, 05 December 2014. EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL

#ZExit: There must be 50 ways to lose your President

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: US President Barack Obama and US First Lady Michelle Obama welcome South African President Jacob Zuma and his wife Nompumelelo Ntuli to the opening dinner for G-20 leaders at the Phipps Conservatory on September 24, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. EPA/Win McNamee

Drift Equals Disaster – the Foreign Policy Edition

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: President Jacob Zuma addresses supporters of his ruling African National Congress (ANC), at a rally to launch the ANC’s local government election manifesto in Port Elizabeth, April 16, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Op-Ed: When the bubble burst

By Stephen Grootes
Main photo: The ‘People’s Assembly’ made up of civil society leaders and ordinary citizens meet to discuss how they can pressure the government into impeaching or demanding the resignation of South African President Zuma, in Soweto, 16 April 2016. Civil Society groups included those from churches, Treatment Action Campaign and Section 27 are calling for the resignation of the president after he was found by the Constitutional Court to have illegally benefitted from upgrades to his personal homestead, Nkandla. EPA/CORNELL TUKIRI

The People’s Assembly: Finding a common voice to tackle Zuma

By BC Simelane & Greg Nicolson