Brawling in Midrand while Africa's real challenges go unmet by these PAP parliamentarians

06 June 2021 - 00:00 By and barney mthombothi

We seem to have gotten our knickers in an almighty knot over the unbecoming behaviour of some of our esteemed guests at the Pan-African Parliament ( PAP). But aren't we being a tad hypocritical? Why are we suddenly being so saintly over what is regular fare in our own back yard? These worthies know that such uncouth antics are tolerated, if not celebrated, here. As they say, like attracts like.

But as brawls go, it was quite underwhelming. They didn't seem good at it. There was too much shoving and shouting and not much else. More bark than bite, and not a punch thrown in anger. But it's no coincidence, I think, that our own honourable members were in the thick of things. They're veterans of too many such brawls. There was probably hope in some quarters that they'd show these greenhorns how it's done. But they came unstuck, unfortunately...

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