The secretary of parliament announced yesterday that the transition from the current parliament to the next will cost the taxpayers R58m. Those with smaller horizons may gripe, but they will do so without serious consideration of what the cost of not doing it might be.

The MK party tried to have today’s first sitting of parliament interdicted on the basis of Jacob Zuma’s hurt feelings, which the Constitutional Court dismissed in quick order. The EFF, too, has a long history of disrupting the operations of parliament, actions that align with its anti-constitutional, fascist policies...

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