Parliament should be a festival of debates

2014-08-31 15:00

Readers react to the EFF’s parliamentary behaviour with more favour than scorn

When EFF leader Julius Malema demanded an answer from President Jacob Zuma on when he would consider paying back the money for Nkandla and the exact date of payment, I did not see it as personal.

The Public Protector’s report was clear that Zuma should pay back a reasonable amount of money used for non-security features.

Malema was using his democratic right as an MP to seek answers.

The Speaker should play her part as a neutral person who is authorised to ensure that questions are answered satisfactorily.

The ANC used its majority to suppress the debate. Malema has an obligation to take part in the debates without being interrupted.

MPs should discuss issues inside Parliament and the question asked was relevant. Parliament is like a festival of debates and it should continue to be so without fear or favour.

The message the ANC sent can be interpreted as tampering with the clause in the Constitution that says all citizens are equal before the law.

Phaswana Rofhiwa Mabizana

via email

Accountability is the problem, not the EFF

The EFF’s behaviour during the parliamentary session has generated mixed responses from the public.

While understanding the EFF’s frustration, I beg to disagree with its disruptive methods.

The EFF’s entry to Parliament and its abrasive style of engagement have stimulated people’s interest in parliamentary processes, but the same tactic is fraught with the possibility that its members are risking their reputations.

The legislative corridors have become synonymous with legislators and the executive evading accountability.

This has been a long-established tradition since the days when the arms deal corruption was exposed.

The recent incidents of avoiding accountability have found expression in Nkandla, the spy tapes, the SABC debacle and the fiasco within the NPA.

The view that the EFF is causing anarchy has no rational basis because anarchy can only manifest when our president, through the ANC, disrespects our courts, Constitution and the chapter 9 institutions.

Mkhuseli Mtsila

Port Elizabeth

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