Human rights debate gets noisy in the House

2016-03-15 22:19

Cape Town  MPs who hoped to make a point on human rights in the context of building South Africa had a job securing their right to be heard over sarcastic heckling, shrieking and hand waving during a debate in Parliament on Tuesday.

House chairperson, Cedric Frolic, had his work cut out for him as some MPs hurled party-based insults at each other in the debate that took place in the run up to Human Rights Day on March 21.

This year's theme is the eradication of racism.

ANC MP, Nocawe Noncedo Mafu, ended her loud speech speech with, "Verwoerd is the grandfather of the Democratic Alliance" to a standing ovation.

DA MP, Michael Cardo, said things were bad in South Africa when Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan compared crime fighting unit the Hawks to violators of human rights.

Unite against racism

Some MPs, such as those of the Economic Freedom Fighters, focused on the wreckage of colonialism and apartheid, saying nobody could talk about human rights when people still lived in rat infested areas.

The African Christian Democratic Party wanted the South African government to do more to prevent the killing and enslavement of Christians around the world.

African Independent Congress MP, Mandlenkosi Galo, said the government had failed victims of human rights because the President's Fund, established to pay reparations, had only benefited a connected few.

But it was Deputy Minister of Co-Operative Governance Andries Nel who stilled the House for a while by saying that instead of feeling that they were to blame for apartheid, white children should see that they have an opportunity to eradicate racism.

"Let us show we are united against racism. We call upon all South Africans to join us in doing so."

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