When Parliament members gathered at the National Assembly on Tuesday, it was actually like every other sitting that ended up amusing us or kept us laughing at Macho MPs digging it out with fellow honourable colleague.
Chants, squabbles, scuffles, ‘honorable fights’ and what have you have turned out to be a tradition in our ‘honourable National Assembly’.
Anyway, while the debate lasted, honourable MPs hurl brickbats at each other, and the slur “racist” flew ceaselessly across the National Assembly floor.
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Nevertheless, it is crystal clear that the rainbow nation is committed to the anti-racism crusade. The crusade had earlier been spearheaded by President Zuma when he declared the month of March an ‘anti-racial month’.
According to the president, racism subjugates SA communities and so it is important so speak against it and not allow it to come back. He also enjoined well meaning citizens to strengthen anti-racism banner during this year’s Human Rights Day as the rainbow nation would be dedicating the day specially to remembering that racism is bad and unacceptable in the country.
To further intensify the crusade, a Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Mulder, requested for a debate on racism. His request was granted and the debate held in the National Assembly on Tuesday. The debate was attended by scores of MPs from the various political parties.
Buzzsouthafrica gathered that while the debate lasted, an ANC MP Jabulani Mahlangu called for racists to be “blacklisted”. This he said will also pave way for the list to be made available to embassies, so that whenever they apply for visas and work permits, their applications would be rejected.
“We call for the establishment of a national register of racist offenders as part of tightening the legislation. We need to ensure that racists are blacklisted,” Mahlangu said.
He further suggested that racists should be criminalised so that it will serve as a deterrent to racism.
Moving to the nationwide protests across universities, FF Plus MP Mulder alleged that small numbers of activists in the country had been charging the violence witnessed in the universities.
Lending his voice also, EFF MP Thembinkosi Rawula said the the blacks had always received greater share of racial out-pour and this explains why black people were not considered human by racists. And why it was normal for black people to earn up to six times less than their white counterparts.
DA MP Professor Belinda Bozzoli said it was not unexpected that racial hatred had erupted because “The unstoppable force of increasing numbers of poor students has met the immovable object of the costs of running proper universities”.
Responding also, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said “We should dialogue – that should be uppermost in our approach. This thing of people preaching war – war, war, war is not going to help but jaw, jaw, jaw will if we are to build this society.