Members of the sixth democratic Parliament have been sworn in.
Parliament plays a vital role in the life of the nation, and it is elected to represent the citizens of South Africa according to the Constitution.
Eusebius McKaiser engaged political analysts on the role and importance of a Member of Parliament.
Political analyst and lecturer Dr Sithembile Mbete says the role of an MP is very critical.
Our Parliament is meant to do three things. To represent the public which is the electorate, to hold the executive to account and to make law.— Dr Sithembile Mbete, Political analyst
The committee process can act as a very important mechanism of holding the executive to account.— Dr Sithembile Mbete, Political analyst
Political analyst Prince Mashele says in a year, or so the criminals in the ANC will gang up on Cyril Ramaphosa.
This is the beginning of a titanic war. They will mobilise within the party. There are already signals.— Prince Mashele, Political analyst
Political commentator and law professor Richard Calland says this is a crucial moment and Ramaphosa needs to use it.
Deputy President David Mabuza and Nomvula Mokonyane have requested that their swearing-in as a Member of Parliament be postponed while Baleka Mbete and Malusi Gigaba withdrew their names.
Cyril Ramaphosa has never been as powerful as he is right now and probably will be as powerful again.— Richard Calland, Political commentator and law professor
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