Our politics should not be a contest for insults

Public Enterprise minister Pravin Gordhan.
Public Enterprise minister Pravin Gordhan.

The war of words between minister Pravin Gordhan and public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is escalating out of control, with mudslinging assuming centre stage. We are witnessing a fierce propaganda war and an ugly battle for political survival in certain state institutions.

The attack on leaders in high-profile positions is tantamount to character assassination. It is a repugnant tactic, and has been deployed throughout our history. Fabricating lies has ravaged the entire SA body-politic.

If the common good were to animate all our politicians, we would not be witnessing slander and malice which leave the public dismayed.

Let political sanity prevail. A full-scale legal conflict will decimate every vestige of democracy in our land.

Farouk Araie, Actonville, Benoni

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