I am voting for the EFF at the next election. I was not of that opinion before SONA2015, or South Africa’s State of the Nation Address, but now I cannot wait to see a larger contingent of the red brigade in parliament.
I am voting for the Economic Freedom Fighters. I know what the objections to this statement will be. They are too radical. Their uniforms are an attention seeking joke. Their manifesto is more ideas than policies. Julius Malema is uneducated, he received 20% for woodwork! The EFF are unsuited to run this country. But I am voting for them anyway.
And here’s why. The ANC is synonymous with government, and that is not going to change any time soon. The ANC, who demanded South Africa’s freedom, have become complacent. The ANC, our saviours, have become drunk on power, and now they risk becoming the villain. To stop this, their supply must be siphoned. Only Julius Malema and his EFF cohorts have the power to do so.
Vying to rule the country is the secondary role for the opposition, one that only comes into play in the year leading up to a national election. The role of the opposition in a thriving democracy is to abate the power of the ruling party. The EFF has categorically proved that it is committed to this democratic tradition. It will not allow the public or the ruling party to forget, even for a moment, the exorbitant money spent at Nkandla. They will hold Jacob Zuma accountable. One way or another.
What’s more – the EFF has accomplished something the Democratic Alliance has never managed to do – it has frightened the ANC. Enough for them to show their cards and have the EFF forcibly removed from parliament. Enough to galvanise the opposition to fight fearlessly. Indeed, the SONA debate has provided the fiercest parliamentary debate in recent years with both Malema and Mmusi Maimane of the DA delivering searing speeches.
And that is why I am voting for the EFF in the next election.
Every now and then, you’re hit with an existential crisis. You’re not sure where your life is going. You thought you’d be married by now. You hate your job. Life has no meaning. These feelings are normal, but they aren’t fun. So I’ve collected 5 videos to help you through different types of crises, starting with the King of Comedy himself, Jim Carrey.
Jim Carrey’s Commencement Address
Watch this when you’re feeling afraid of the next step in your life. Carrey’s inspiring and touchingly humorous speech gives anyone who hears it the courage to chase their dreams.
So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it!
This is Water
Watch this when you feel like you’re stuck on a hamster wheel. David Foster Wallace begins with a parable about fish:
There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?
Wallace teaches us that life is how you choose to think about it. It’s awareness, not a feeling.
The Most Astounding Fact
Watch this when you need to take a moment to reflect and appreciate where you are. Neil deGrasse Tyson tells us what he thinks is the most astounding fact – “we are part of the Universe, and the Universe is in us.
Kid President’s Pep Talk
Watch this when life has got you down, and you need a pep talk. As Kid President says, “What if there really is 2 paths? I want to be on the one that leads to awesome”. Don’t we all Kid President, don’t we all.
Why 30 is not the new 20
Watch this when you need direction. Controversial to some, Meg Jay gives my generation a reality check. It may seem like we have all the time in the world, but we’re deciding our lives right now.