BY THE start of the day yesterday, we were outraged that a University of Cape Town law professor had called President Jacob Zuma a gangster. By the time the sun set, we had some admiration for Pierre de Vos.
Owning up to public errors of judgment is rare in our country. Many of the social ills have been left to resolve themselves because nobody was willing to accept that they had gotten it wrong and perhaps extended an apology to those who were disadvantaged by the wrong. That is why nobody has said sorry for race or gender injustices.
At a time when political discourse has sunk to vulgar levels, De Vos' had threatened to take whatever hope that it was possible to vehemently disagree without getting personal or emotional.
We can only hope that other loose tongued hot heads have seen that it is possible to revert to the dictatorship of reason before it is too late.