South African Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday laid charges of criminal defamation, crimen injuria and incitement of violence against Julius Malema, the leader of the populist Economic Freedom Fighters party.
The EFF is a small party ordinarily of little interest to global decision-makers, yet its role in the collapse of VBS Bank has attracted the attention of respected global business newspaper The Financial Times.
Political parties in South Africa share a few distinct features and policy similarities. They might emphasise different aspects of it, based on their manifestos, but they are essentially variants offering more of the same.
The contagion effect of the Zuma ignominy continues to cut deep across swathes of South Africa’s political and economic society, nevermind the lasting damage to social relations and cohesion in the country.