Where are leaders capable of rising above the chaos?

18 May 2016 - 09:44 By The Time Editorial

The chaos we see in our streets and the burning of public infrastructure will continue as long as we see violence as a solution to our problems. Those charged with leading this country are failing to see that their actions in parliament influence how this nation behaves and how it resolves its differences.As expected, yesterday members of the EFF were forcibly removed from the National Assembly, and again violence was used.Surely, it cannot be that every time President Jacob Zuma visits parliament there is chaos. It cannot be that this nation is continually exposed to adults behaving badly.What we need are leaders who can rise above the chaos in parliament. Zuma and the ANC must be concerned that the House is collapsing under their watch.There are those who argue that Julius Malema and his red brigades know nothing other than disorder.Although we condemn violence and chaos in our parliament, we are concerned at the absence of leadership.Parliamentary rules and the use of security officers to deal with dissent can take us only so far. The underlying problems that have turned parliament into a beer hall are not being looked at.Why do the EFF and other parties in the opposition raise their voices when dealing with the executive?Should we not look at how parliament is managed and find better ways to bring all onto the same page? Where there is chaos, there is absence of leadership.ANC MPs who find joy when security personnel move in to remove "the fighters" should be worried.History tells us that the laws used against opponents might one day be used against today's enforcers. That is why it is essential to look beyond today's problems and find solutions that build and protect our democracy.Chaos breeds chaos - that's what our leaders need to understand.

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