Behaviour of MP's unethical

2015-02-15 10:23

The disruptions during President Jacob Zuma’s 2015 State of the Nation Address (SONA) is truly unacceptable and can have dangerous repercussions. SONA is an event that is watched globally and it is a session that deserves the highest level of decorum, respect and honour.

Whatever the case or grievance may be the rule of law must always be applied and supported.

Members of Parliament should always be dignified, ethical and are not free to behave as they please. They are also bound by law and ethics and should never operate outside the law and constitution.

Rule of law, accountability and human dignity is a fundamental factor in nation building, co-existence and other forms of relationships.

Although there are critical questions that the President needs to answer and members of parliament are entitled to ask such critical questions to the President, SONA 2015 was not the correct forum.

I believe that President Jacob Zuma should have been allowed to deliver his speech to the nation and thereafter a relevant opportunity should have been afforded for these crucial and necessary questions to be probed and raised.

After continuously raising points of order, after the Speaker of parliament requested order and respect for the session, some members’ of parliament displayed a total lack of ethics and moral behaviour befitting a State of The Nation Address.

On the other hand, by employing armed security officials to silence democratically elected members of Parliament is not a creditable reflection of our country and constitution.

In this regard I concur with Eusebius McKaiser, author of A Bantu In My Bathroom, as citizens, we need to support structures like Chapter 9 institutions, Section 27 of our constitution and Equal Education, to help us achieve social justice.

The 2015 State of the Nation Address showcased to the world the calibre of our parliamentarians and elected leaders.

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