FIRST TAKE | EFF's political arson, thuggery reveals its disdain for democracy, procedure

2020-02-13 20:37
The EFF disrupted President Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA for over an hour.

The EFF disrupted President Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA for over an hour. (Brenton Geach/Gallo Images)

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It’s not the first time, and it certainly won’t be the last time.

But Thursday night’s events in the National Assembly, where the EFF prevented President Cyril Ramaphosa from delivering his State of the Nation Address, have again proved that Julius Malema’s party does not believe in a constitutional democracy.

The annual joint sitting of Parliament, where the president addresses the country, is part of South Africa’s democratic and constitutional architecture. It is an opportunity for the head of state, elected in the National Assembly on the basis of a national election, to detail government’s plans and vision.

Parliament, the national legislature, is the body tasked with providing oversight of the executive, including the president, and as such there are numerous mechanisms, processes and convention through which elected members of Parliament can do that. This includes two days of debate next week in which every party and every MP can attack and rip apart whatever the president said or plans.

But the EFF, increasingly a party of political thugs and political arsonists, have over the years shown almost no inclination to play a lawful and participatory role in parliamentary proceedings. It has ridden roughshod over rules and convention, using violence, insults and lies to advance its own agenda.

Speaker of Parliament Thandi Modise was remarkably calm and clear in her management of Thursday’s deplorable events, using every clause in the Joint Rules of Parliament not to employ the security services to remove them.

When they eventually left at 20:17, more than an hour after Malema first stood up, the EFF’s game was clear: demand, disrupt and destroy.

Read more on:    parliament  |  anc  |  eff  |  cyril ramaphosa  |  julius malema  |  cape town  |  politics  |  sona 2020

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