South Africa questions its democracy after parliament brawl

February 13, 2015 2:21 PM

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South Africa questions its democracy after parliament brawl

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - "State of Chaos", was how one South African newspaper described the images of police and politicians trading blows at the opening of parliament, a damning assessment of the country's democracy twenty years after apartheid.

President Jacob Zuma walked down the red carpet outside parliament in Cape Town on Thursday evening as a brass band blasted out South Africa's national freedom anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, and cannons fired off a 21-gun salute.

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