Claims of intimidation by ANC supporters during the Western Cape by-elections this week are of serious concern.
What is worrying is the fact that these reports come a few days before both the ANC and Congress of the People hold rallies in Bloemfontein.
After a warning from Cope that it will defend itself against intimidation, we urge both parties to ensure that these two important events are conducted in a spirit that enhances the democracy the majority of South Africans continue to aspire to.
It is important that Cope be allowed to launch itself. This is the essence of our democracy, which allows different voices to speak to the the country's electorate.