- Yesterday saw the the 6th administration beginning, with Members of Parliament being sworn in and a speaker nominated
- There had been a delay in announcing Thandi Modise as the chosen candidate for the position, during which the ANC and EFF sang struggle songs to pass the time
- Belinda Bozzili, an MP for the Democratic Alliance, found the situation irritating to say the least, causing a stir on social media in the process.
Spirits were high yesterday as Parliament held the first sitting of the 6th administration. MPs were sworn in and the process had started to elect a speaker.
According to The South African, both the ANC and the DA had mixed up their paperwork, resulting in a five-hour delay in announcing Thandi Modise as the successful nominee.
During this time, the ANC and EFF, joined by other parties, had opted to pass the time by singing struggle songs, something that irked Belinda Bozzili, DA MP:
"ANC trying to "claim" Parliament as their own by using a recess to dominate the Chamber through sound. Their persistent and relentlessly deafening singing of struggle songs is really irritating."
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Bozzili, who is also a sociology professor, even went as far as to say those taking part were violating democracy:
“They have no idea that this is, and is fully intended to be, a shared place for the exchange of ideas and opinions. In seeking to dominate it they essentially being undemocratic.”
Mzansi did not take kindly to the MP's comments, with one user pointing out that the same liberation songs she was condemning had played a huge role in creating the platform she claimed they were destroying.
The fight to bring about democracy in South Africa saw everything taken away from black citizens by the oppressive regime. However, their voices had remained and struggle songs were a way of unifying our diverse government, even if only for a short while.
With a five-hour wait on their hands, it was endearing to see our leaders sharing a cheerful moment, paying respect to those who had heralded in the democracy we all enjoy today.
Here are just a few responses to Bozzili's comment
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