Restore dignity to our parliamentary process

2014-09-21 15:00

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The chaos we see in Parliament is unprecedented and never in the sitting of the National Assembly have we had such non-intellectual debate as we have seen since the start of Jacob Zuma’s presidency.

Lining up ANC senior leaders to debate with the Economic Freedom Fighters is an indictment on the ANC. Gone are the days when you have to think twice and research thoroughly if you have to debate with the ANC president in the National Assembly.

Not a single day did Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki or Kgalema Motlanthe call opposition parties “dogs”, “cockroaches”, “baboons” or “snakes”.

We only see vulgarisation of debates in black-dominated political parties. The ANC has a huge task to restore “civil debate” in the House.

Siyanda Mhlongo


We witnessed a black “mampatile” (hide and seek) in Parliament by the off-point, irrelevant, pseudo-politicians of the African National Corruption, ANC. They didn’t provide any concrete points of not supporting the motion of no confidence tabled by DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane. Rather, they were building a mountain of insults. What a monumental shame on them indeed.

The ANC MPs have totally lost the plot in Parliament and continue to play dirty tricks. This is very dangerous not only to the integrity of Parliament but to their supporters, who are exponentially losing interest in them.

Shaun Kgomo

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As a country, we should be extremely worried by the decline of morals and ethics in debates that are becoming a norm in the National Assembly. Watching Parliament now is like watching a sitcom where everybody is the comedian, irrespective of which party they represent.

I expect maturity from the governing party’s MPs, ministers and deputy ministers because they have been in that House for far too long and are expected to adhere to the norms and decorum of that House, even when provoked.

As a country, history will judge us if we continue to allow such anarchy to continue.

We should all stand up and say “enough is enough”.

Moses Zola Manake


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