'Parliamentary disorder spits in Madiba's face'

Mara Louw says the recentbehaviour of politicians in Parliament is an embarassment to the nation.

South African singer and actress Mara Louw. Picture: Youtube/BrettianProductions.

JOHANNESBURG - South African actress Mara Louw says the recent behaviour of politicians in Parliament is an embarrassment to the nation and spits in the face of the late former president Nelson Mandela.

Louw says the leaders of today are spitting in the face of democracy, letting down Nelson Mandela and other struggle stalwarts.

"All this Parliament big brother stuff, it's very embarrassing. It's like we're spitting in Madiba's face, on all our leaders, like we don't appreciate what they have done for us."

She says today is another day to celebrate South Africa's history and all the men and women who sacrificed their lives for democracy.

Wearing a black dress with African print shawl, she says her outfit shows she is proud to be born on this continent.

Parliamentary sittings have recently been characterised by disorder.

A scuffle erupted on 13 November when fully armed public order police entered the house during a heated sitting.

Tempers flared when African National Congress Members of Parliament objected to motions brought by the opposition in an attempt to delay the tabling of a report on upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home.

In March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her Nkandla report and found that Zuma and his family "unduly benefited" from the upgrades at his KwaZulu-Natal home.