It’s safe to say South Africans did not get their money’s worth from the scores of MPs who blustered their way through the Steinhoff parliamentary hearing this week. What an embarrassment the event proved to be.

With the outstanding exception of the DA’s Alf Lees and the EFF’s Floyd Shivambu, it was shockingly apparent that the MPs, many of them new to parliament, had made little or no preparations for the four-hour session.

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