Violence must not become a precedent in Parliament - analyst #Sona2017

Head of Political Studies at Wits University Professor Daryl Glaser says the actions around last night's State of the Nation Address (Sona) - with parties being beaten and walking out of the national Assembly - show something is very wrong with SA politcs.

There is something in our democratic constitutional politics that is not working.

Daryl Glaser, Head of Political Studies at Wits University

Glaser says the ANC has been too spineless to remove what he calls a deeply compromised President and subordinates everything in the defence of him.

But we should not be uncritical in cheering on the tactics of the EFF which is also destabilising parliamentary democracy.

Daryl Glaser, Head of Political Studies at Wits University

My hope is some kind of agreement can be reached around the political rules of the game that everybody could play by.

Daryl Glaser, Head of Political Studies at Wits University

The country does not want this behaviour in parliament that has been occurring for the past few years to become the precedent.

South African politics is not violence-free historically so it does need to be monitored or it can go out of control, he says.

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