Watching UK outgoing prime minister David Cameron during prime minister’s question time (his last) I couldn’t help comparing our parliament with his.
The way the proceedings were conducted, the questions asked, the answers given, smacked of professionalism, humour and, above all, passion. Clearly representatives of both the ruling and opposition parties come fully prepared, and therefore capable of facing gruelling questions with intelligent answers. No place to hide for lazy or incompetent MPs.
And a speaker who had full control throughout. In fact, he had no cause to crack the whip.
What we’ve witnessed of our parliamentarians in action, starting with our president and "honourable" speaker, makes one cringe with embarrassment. The uncivilised antics of Julius Malema and his red gangsters further speak of governance out of control.
No wonder violent protests are the order of the day — they are symptomatic of an undisciplined, corrupt and incompetent leadership. Why should street hooligans toe the line when Number One and his cronies don’t?
The question facing concerned and law-abiding South Africans: when and how will we change this despicable status quo kept alive by a bunch of crooks?