Posted on Jun 12, 2021
Founded with the noble ambition of uniting the continent, a session of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) recently descended into farce with some members fighting and threatening to kill each other, the BBC reports.
The ugly scenes came amid sharp divisions over who the next president of the 235-member parliament should be, with southern African delegates insisting that their candidate should be chosen to end the dominance of other regions.
"I will kill you," said South African MP Julius Malema, pointing his finger at a rival MP in an outburst that was caught on camera.
He later defended his comments, saying he had been threatened.
During another sitting, there were chants of: "No rotation. No voting. No election. Simple!" while members jostled for ballot boxes.
As the chaos continued, some of the politicians exchanged blows, while someone could be heard shouting: "Please call the police, it is urgent."
In a BBC interview, Zimbabwean MP Barbara Rwodzi said she was injured on her left arm - which had to be bandaged - during the "battle" that took place at the parliamentary session held on the edge of the Gallagher Estate convention complex in South Africa's economic heartland of Gauteng.
To critics, it was an embarrassing spectacle.
"We are more divided as a continent than we ever have been - that's the reality. We parade this false solidarity in the face of great injustice. We have 'sit-tight presidents' and 'presidents for life'," Professor Lesiba Teefu, a political analyst attached to the University of South Africa, was quoted by Africa News Agency as saying.
"We have been experimenting with liberation for almost 60 years now and we are no closer to unity."
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