If we remain silent against the rise of a new generation of racist and violent young activists, we do so at our peril. In the second week of September we witnessed the latest incidence of a power grab by the EFF. These are among a cohort who romanticise war and violence. They speak of Fanon and Biko, but their ideas are more akin to those of Mobutu Sese Seko, Idi Amin, and Hendrik Verwoerd. They and their supporters do not speak on behalf of the majority of young people, and they are the building blocks for a new post-apartheid fascist political project in South Africa.