TIMELINE: Noteworthy events of the fifth parliament

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South Africa’s fifth Parliament has not only seen robust debate intensifying, but also the emergence of a more youthful parliament.

There are two young leaders who are heading the two largest opposition parties – the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Parliament.

Mmusi Maimane of the DA and Julius Malema of the EFF have been robust in raising critical issues affecting the youth. They also know how to defend their parties.

Malema and Maimane were not political buddies before coming to Parliament but their political friendship has changed.

However, the fifth Parliament has been marred by controversy since its first sitting. Most notable to these occasions was the hackling of President Jacob Zuma by new kids on the block the Economic freedom fighters.

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