FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION STRETCHED IN PARLIAMENT
By: Nqobile Nhleko
It is no secret that members of South African parliament are anything but shy to express their views.
Recent accusations of corruption, stealing and now murder see citizens engaging in robust debates and laughter.
Respect and parliament are rarely used in the same sentence.
This year saw Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members disrupting parliament during this year’s State of the Nation
Address (SONA). This event led to violence in parliament and jamming of phone signals.
The media and citizens questioned the transparency of parliament in South Africa.
While some claim that the parliament has turned into a playground some are confident that this will not harm the country or call for war between citizens and the government.
Sebastian Mlungisi Mdlalose, EFF’s chairperson for ward 26 said, “All these parliament events will only lead to civil war because the ANC doesn’t want to use the freedom charter of
1955 in running.”
Sbongiseni Mkhize , ANC’s ward 22 councillor said, “What is happening in parliament is part of growth and when people want to be in power they will always point out the bad of
During an interview with YOU Magazine, Professor Daryl Glaser from the University of Witwatersrand in politics said, “We shouldn’t be too alarmed about the scuffle that broke out,
but we must be cautious because it sends out bad signals internationally.”
Cathy Powell, a senior lecturer in public law at the University of Cape Town said on You Magazine that the events raised several red flags but do not conclude to the collapse critics
Nhlanhla Ngubo, a concerned citizen said, “What is currently happening in parliament is scary because we’re the ones that voted. We hope it goes away and they respect one another.”