Parliament beats Jerry Springer hands down

2015-06-19 15:30
Picture: Nasief Manie

Picture: Nasief Manie

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Jerry Springer – that show where less than honourable Americans fight over baby mamas and devilish exes – was my favourite show on the small screen until members of Parliament decided to up the ante and show their hidden talents. 

Those “honourable” members know exactly how to keep me glued to the television – pity their prime-time shows are often during office hours when I can’t have a beverage of my choice. 

There’ve been times recently when the sittings went into the witching hours. Damn! It was a school night again. 

The red beret brigade might have gone to the “August House” with a clear mandate – to make as much noise as possible about that other “house”. And they did. But in politics the “mine is bigger than yours” principle reigns supreme and someone had to raise the bar on the Johnny de Lange versus Manie Schoeman bare-knuckle bout of 1998. 

Tackling President Jacob Zuma on Nkandla during the state of the nation address in February this year was a gutsy move. The red berets’ chants of “pay back the money” were a cue for the white shirts to get in “skiet en donner” mode. One member apparently lamented being grabbed by his private parts! The drama ended up in court ... 

Fast-forward to June. Cope MP Willie Madisha took parliamentary theatrics to another level when he mocked Naledi Pandor’s English accent by mimicking animal sounds. It’s really survival of the meanest in the politics jungle.

In true Parliament-series fashion, Zuma’s famous high when he mocked the opposition MPs for their obsession over Nkhaaandla turned into an anti-climax when they flipped the script on him yesterday.

EFF MP Makoti Khawula started off by exchanging pleasantries with Speaker Baleka Mbete and commending Zuma for “respecting” the house before she dealt him the killer punch: “When are you paying back the money?” 
As would be expected, the question-and-answer session descended into chaos and Mbete was forced to adjourn the sitting before Zuma could greet the National Assembly and perhaps laugh off the whole episode. 

Really, who needs to complain about poor programming on welfare TV when Parliament raises the bar on its entertainment offering daily? 

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