The six meetings that changed South African politics

SIX meetings over 10 days at different locations in Gauteng, following the sensational local government election results of August 3, have changed the face and dynamic of South African politics, perhaps forever.

At the heart of the battle was the EFF, which had to choose between siding with Africa’s oldest liberation movement, the ANC — which spawned the EFF but with which it has had a grim and bloody history over the past three years; or joining an opposition grouping that did not share the EFF’s ideology but with which it had forged strong ties in an increasingly volatile and violent Parliament, together facing down ANC bias and kragdadigheid.

Interviewed separately, EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and DA federal executive chairman James Selfe have offered a fascinating look inside the talks that have left the ANC out of power in several of the country’s biggest cities and towns, with Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay the most glittering jewels to be added to Cape Town in the opposition crown. …..more

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