2008-02-26 00:00

Politics is often described as “robust”, a euphemism which at times has disguised unabashed thuggery. In days happily long past, for example, many an opposition party meeting in northern Natal was broken up by Nationalist supporters wielding bicycle chains.

Helen Zille’s DA meeting in Northdale on Saturday mercifully did not descend to such depths. But the harassment to which she was subjected by members of the ANC and their attempts at disruption did not do democracy much credit. Political support should be won by rational argument, not by childish behaviour.

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