06:50 am
27 October 2016

Opposition asks Zuma, “Why are South Africans prone to violence?”

The science of violence and anger management top the Congress of the People’s (Cope) parliamentary agenda this week.

According to a list of questions it has submitted to the National Assembly‚ leader Mosiuoa Lekota (Cope) wants to know whether President Jacob Zuma “intends to initiate a scientific investigation(s) to ascertain…why South Africans are prone to arson‚ vandalism and violence when they participate in protest action”?

The question has a second part: “…and what the different spheres of government need to do to alleviate the anger of the South African population and therefore curb the destruction related to protest actions; if not‚ why not; if so‚ what are the relevant details”?

Lekota also wanted to know if “will make a statement on how the Government is planning to prevent and discourage protesters from routinely resorting to arson‚ vandalism and violence during a protest action”?

Cope’s William Madisha will continue on this theme with queries to Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko about the what “cutting-edge technology and…innovative ideas in policing political protests” his department is adopting.

Political protests have been topical‚ particularly the recent student actions around the country which forced government to announce a 0% increase in university fees for 2016.

Students mostly called off their protests‚ but stated that their ultimate aim is free tertiary education.

Madisha has asked Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande if he has tabled a proposal to Cabinet in respect of this‚ and whether he has been mandated by it “to work with the National Treasury to prepare a funding model for free tertiary education that was practical‚ achievable and sustainable”?

Another issue demanding Lekota’s attention is whether the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has increased the contingency fund of the National Disaster Management Centre “to fund disaster management resulting from human and/or natural causes”?

That appeared to be a leading question as its second part asked the minister to say if “his department has evaluated to what extent the substantial erosion of the contingency fund by the government will impact negatively on disaster management”?