Political tolerance is healthy for a democracy — as are dynamic exchanges
Last week’s state of the nation address had its fair share of drama. The EFF did exactly as it had promised in the lead-up to the address, and disrupted the president’s speech. The disruption was not a new phenomenon; the party leadership and its members demonstrated once again that they can hold the entire parliament to ransom while making their case known.
The public reaction to the incident was mixed. Some sections of the public applauded the EFF for bringing a heated robustness to parliament. On the other hand, there were citizens who thought the incident was unsavoury — that it undermined the decorum that often goes with the state of the nation address and infringed the rules of parliament. ..