Are the DA and EFF fulfilling their roles as opposition parties in Parliament?

The actions of opposition parties has sparked the interest of South Africans regarding the functioning of Parliament.

702/Cape Talk's Africa Melane (standing-in for Redi Tlhabi) gave listeners an opportunity to share their thoughts regarding a broad spectrum of issues.

Listen to the conversation below:

Yes the EFF has been good for democracy and started to mobilise people who feel disenfranchised. But in terms of their role in Parliament, what single new policy or deep debate have they stimulated to effect real change?

Quinton, caller in Salt River

The question we have to ask is, in the 15 years the DA has been in Parliament, what policy have they advanced or influenced?

Thami, caller in Auckland Park

Allow the EFF to make Jacob Zuma's life difficult. Allow it to do what an opposition party is supposed to do, which the DA can't do.

Thabang, caller in Centurion

When you look at the municipalities that the DA is governing, I mean the record speaks for itself. This is the party that is waiting to be given a chance by the voters.

Phuks, caller in Berea

The Economic Freedom Fighters and the Democratic Alliance have used parliamentary rules and procedures, as well as legal avenues, to put pressure on the African National Congress.

White folks were in power for more than 400 years and only brought us misery, so they are used to using our people to further their own goals. You must remember that the DA's constituency is white.

Sipho, caller in Katlehong

I don't like that there's nobody that I can go to ask that MP to represent me and do something about my problems.

Edward, caller in Pretoria
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