Mukoni Ratshitanga
5 minute read
21 Feb 2020
6:54 am

Sona chaos a protest against South Africa’s public discourse

Mukoni Ratshitanga

Perhaps the unavoidable political question is how far does the agitation against De Klerk go in practically addressing the real problems we face as a country?

EFF leader Julius Malema speaks outside parliament on why the party walked out of the National Assembly during President Cyril Ramaphosa's Sona, Cape Town, 13 February 2020. Picture: Jacques Nelles

A few years ago, a young girl, completely out of the blue, asked whether the criterion for being a member of parliament (MP) was that a person needs to be a rogue. The unsettling question led to a discussion about the fault lines of South African politics. The precipitant of the question was an unsavoury spectacle in parliament similar to what happened in the National Assembly during last week’s State of the Nation address (Sona) and the debate that followed this week. One uses the word “debate” guardedly because the young girl, now at the end of her schooling, would...