Other Parties in South Africa
Marginalized youths are being wooed by figures like the radical Julius Malema and his Economic Freed Fighters (EFF). The EFF proposes dealing with emotive issues like land reform by nationalizing mines and farms without compensation. Malema, a firebrand to be sure, has nothing to lose in his bid to outflank the ANC on its left and is expected to win up to five percent of the vote. The low voter registration numbers among youths will hurt his bid, but the EFF is still expected to come out of the election as the third-largest political party. The Democratic Alliance, viewed historically as predominantly white, meanwhile, is expect to win nearly 24 percent of the vote, up from 16.7 percent in 2009.