SA badly needs new po­lit­i­cal voice

Sowetan - - Opinion -

The chaotic scenes dur­ing Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s Q&A ses­sion at the Na­tional Assem­bly is a re­flec­tion of the mis­er­able state of our pol­i­tics. In­sults, fisticuffs, name-call­ing and lewd ges­tures have all be­come par for the course in our par­lia­ment. Even as­pi­rant porn star min­is­ter of for­eigner af­fairs, Malusi Gi­gaba, could par­take in the inani­ties with a sug­ges­tive ges­ture about the size of EFF MP Mbuyiseni Nd­lozi’s man­hood. It was em­bar­rass­ing to watch in­deed. Dur­ing the scuf­fles Julius Malema called the DA’s John Steen­huisen a “racist white boy” af­ter the lat­ter had re­ferred to the EFF as VBS loot­ers. The EFF have shown them­selves as a bunch of in­tol­er­ant peo­ple who have noth­ing to of­fer to SA ex­cept hooli­gan­ism and nar­row na­tion­al­ism. It must be said that or­der was re­stored fol­low­ing Ramaphosa’s re­sponse to ANC MP Makhubela Mashele about how the gov­ern­ment plans to ad­dress the prob­lem of eth­nic chau­vin­ism and nar­row na­tion­al­ism. Ramaphosa al­luded to the need for the ac­cel­er­a­tion of ef­forts to­wards so­cial co­he­sion and na­tion-build­ing. It must be said that through­out its al­most 25 years in gov­er­nance, the ANC has not fos­tered so­cial co­he­sion and na­tion­build­ing. What has be­come clear is that South Africa needs an al­ter­na­tive po­lit­i­cal party that will owe al­le­giance to the peo­ple of SA re­gard­less of their race, cul­ture or re­li­gion. Nathaniel Lee by e-mail

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