Clowns take stage

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

EPUTY Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa has con­cluded a deal to end the may­hem in Par­lia­ment, but this week an­ar­chy reemerged in the Gaut­eng leg­is­la­ture. The tac­tic of the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers (EFF) ap­pears to be de­signed to make the leg­is­la­ture un­govern­able, with in­sults hurled across the floor at the rul­ing party re­plac­ing any at­tempt at ra­tio­nal de­bate. It is not the first time that the EFF has brought the provin­cial cham­ber to a halt, and un­less there is a Ramaphosa-like in­ter­ven­tion in Gaut­eng, more dis­rupted pro­ceed­ings can be ex­pected. Ramaphosa has brought to a halt the scan­dalous scenes in Par­lia­ment by bro­ker­ing a deal in terms of which he and lead­ers of op­po­si­tion par­ties will form a com­mit­tee to re­store or­der in the House.

Not so in Gaut­eng, how­ever, where the EFF re­sorted to its gum­boot tac­tics, choos­ing to in­sult ANC mem­bers and en­gage in shout­ing matches. As a re­sult, and not for the first time, no mean­ing­ful business was con­ducted in the leg­is­la­ture. Those mem­bers of the pub­lic who silently cheer the EFF on for pulling at the tail of the ANC should choose their cham­pi­ons more care­fully.

Rather than ad­dress­ing the business of run­ning the prov­ince, the EFF seeks pub­lic­ity by turn­ing the leg­is­la­ture into a cir­cus.


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