While i usually steer clear of politics i thought i’d share this with you because quite frankly it’s a prime example of what a joke the South African parliament has become. A whole bunch of members of parliament walked out of the National Assembly yesterday after MP Pieter Groenewaldwas ordered to leave for saying another MP was talking nonsense. The argument that ensued over the word ‘nonsense’ and that it cannot be used in parliament is possibly the dumbest thing you’ve read all year and this from the people who govern our country.
Please wrap your head around this exchange between Deputy Speaker Nomaindia Mfeketo and Pieter Groenewald:
“Honourable, Groenewald, even if it’s not parliamentary, nonsense is nonsense. You can’t say in this Parliament the minister come and speaks nonsense.”
To which Groenewald replied:
“Thank you deputy speaker, but if nonsense is nonsense, then the minister is speaking nonsense, and I can’t say something if he speaks nonsense. Nonsense is nonsense.”
George W Bush would be proud of our parliamentary f**kery.
And it didn’t end there either
DA Chief Whip Watty Watson told Mfeketo he thought the problem was with the English language.
“What we have here is a problem with the English language. Nonsense means nonsensical, [it] means what the minister is saying does not make sense. That is not derogatory,” he told her.
But Mfeketo was adamant.
“Honourable Groenewald, it is offensive language… You can say that in a shebeen, but this is not a shebeen, it is a chamber.”
Groenewald did not agree, declaring emphatically: “If a minister comes here and talks sense, I have respect for that minister. But if a minister comes here and talks nonsense, I don’t have respect for that minister. And I will not withdraw.”
At this point, Mfeketo said she thought the word nonsense was in fact unparliamentary, and told Groenewald he must withdraw it.
“While the word nonsense was maybe in the past not ruled unparliamentary, really, it is offensive… I have ruled and I expect the members to respect my ruling. And I have asked you to withdraw that word.” [News24]
Yes these are the people in charge.
And i may as well let Bush have the last word on this.