Mondli Makhanya | Gaddafi may’ve had a point about ineffective parliaments

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In many ways, South Africa’s Parliament has validated Gaddafi’s views on modern democracy. Picture: Gallo Images/Jeffrey Abrahams
In many ways, South Africa’s Parliament has validated Gaddafi’s views on modern democracy. Picture: Gallo Images/Jeffrey Abrahams

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At the best of times, sittings of the South African Parliament are rather dull and meaningless affairs. Unless EFF members start their antics, the sessions are as exciting as an atheist Christmas.

The debates are tedious and full of sloganeering. There is a lot of weak insult-trading among different parties (if only they could make that wittier and spicier); obsequiousness towards ministers by suck-up governing party backbenchers; and silly points of order that serve to secure an unremarkable MP some TV time.

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