Our politics should not be a contest for insults

Public Enterprise minister Pravin Gordhan.
Public Enterprise minister Pravin Gordhan.
Image: GALLO IMAGES

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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