M&G Newsroom: The EFF lifts off

Join Deshnee Subramany and Sarah Evans between 1pm and 2pm on the M&G Newsroom.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) celebrated its launch on Sunday with a crowd of about 5 000 at the Marikana koppie – the scene of the much politicised killings on August 16 2012. The blame for the Marikana massacre has been laid squarely at the feet of the ANC-led government, and the EFF has used every opportunity to blame the government for every wrongdoing in the country. But as a baby organisation, how likely is the EFF to attract enough votes to gain it any traction in government?

Valindaba, once the heart of South Africa's nuclear programme, might be used again to enrich uranium. Sarah Wild talks to us about how much money this could give the country – and at what cost.

Last Thursday, posters of dead farmers and old South African flags were waved about at the Red October march on the Union Buildings to protest "white genocide" in South Africa. No one but the small group who took part in the demonstration seemed to take it seriously, and it got a lot of flak from South Africans online. We dedicate our Weekly Choon to this bunch, who gave racism yet another layer of bigotry to break through.

Finally, Rihanna had her concert in Johannesburg on Sunday night. Many have criticised her singing abilities, while her die-hard fans were confident she would entertain them through the whole gig. We'll chat to Rhodé Marshall about the singer's performance.

 

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