The old farts in the ANC benches tried to look nonchalant as a battalion of EFF members – the men dressed in red overalls and hard hats; the women in maids’ aprons and headscarves – took their seats in the National Asssembly for the first time on May 21.
DA MP Lance Greyling had earlier lamented to Noseweek: “They are going to suck up all the media oxygen.” And, indeed, the 25 new kids on the block did just that.
Days after being sworn in, EFF leader Julius Malema was back in the headlines, after having been given more time by SARS to settle his R16-million unpaid tax bill and permission to postpone his sequestration.
And EFF Commissar for Land and Agrarian Revolution, Andile Mngxitama, had written to British businessman Richard Branson to “alert” him that, by buying a 40-hectare wine farm in Franschhoek, he had unwittingly bought stolen property, and the EFF’s land expropriation policy might adversely affect the investment “in the near future”.
Among the 25 EFF MPs to take up seats in Parliament are Hlengiwe Hlophe, Natasha Louw and Magdalene Moonsamy.