President Cyril Ramaphosa's Q&A in the National Assembly on Wednesday afternoon is evidence of a tide of change in how parliamentary sessions are conducted.
That's according to political analyst Prince Mashele who says we are beginning to see parliament 'returning to normal.'
There are substantive debates, robust but with decorum. The president is a dignified man and from the years of Zuma to what we saw yesterday, it is really quite a distance.— Prince Mashele, Political Analyst
He says that South Africans should be proud to see parliament conducting itself the way it did on Wednesday.
Mashele says Ramaphosa had to deal with contentious issues including the land question.
You could see that this is a president who is very worried about the damage the land debate is doing in the country and the divisions it is causing.— Prince Mashele, Political Analyst
He was trying very hard to pull South Africans to the middle ground - I wouldn't say that he succeeded because the atmosphere out there is already poisonous.— Prince Mashele, Political Analyst
Listen below to the full discussion: