Monday, February 16, 2015

Criticism regarding SONA disruptions continues

Jaimie-faith Poonah
16 February 2015

The South African Democratic Teachers Union has described what happened in Parliament last week during the State of the Nation Address as disgusting. 
 
Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters were forcibly removed after interrupting President Jacob Zuma wanting to know when he will 'pay back the money' in reference to Nkandla.

Sadtu General Secretary Mugwena Maluleke said the goal of the opposition was to turn our country into a laughing stock for the whole world to see.

Maluleke said: “We feel aggrieved as teachers of this country that the lessons our children are going to learn is that of howling instead of really taking the country forward. The behaviour of the EFF should always be expected, they had no political goals going to the parliament except to go and collapse any rule of the parliament, collapse the democratic dissension that we have in the country.”

Meanwhile the Right2Know campaign said what happened in Parliament should be a concern for all South Africans.
R2K’s National Spokesperson Murray Hunter said it is clear that these attacks on our democracy have at the very least been tolerated by the presiding officers in Parliament.

Hunter said: “We see a practise by the television seats in parliament being manipulated, we see some very worrying practises around attempt to jam the use of technology and cellphones in parliament and we must remember that parliament is supposed to be an open institution and we seeing signs that it’s becoming less open. So it’s important that all ordinary South Africans speak up and say ‘No this is our parliament and we need it to be open’.”

 

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