South African parliamentary session has been suspended by Speaker Baleka Mbete after tempers flared once again.
President Jacob Zuma stood up to answer his first question when he was but was interrupted by an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) member of parliament (MP) Makoti Khawula. Baleka asked the president to take a seat as the MP stood up to address the House, asking the speaker when the president will answer the question from the party of when he will “pay back the money” regarding upgrades for his private home in Nkandla.
These disruptions to parliament are an indication of South Africa’s critical stage in its history. Differences and hate speech are becoming ever increasing as political divides become evident. 2014 and 2015 are the years in which the South African National Assembly plunged into chaos, with the opposition being forced out not once but twice. Since then, the opposition has been vying for a vote of no confidence in the Speaker of Parliament and President, Jacob Zuma. The ruling party is now at its most difficult position; poised between political regression and decomposition, on the one hand, and a loss of confidence from citizens on the other. The ruling party-opposition vendetta has implications for South African communities, against a background of spiraling corruption, poor service delivery, power outages and escalating poverty. The shifts in power politics have an accompanying effect on the attitude and behaviour of the citizenry.