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Thursday, December 12, 2013
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An assault on our intelligence
In more ways than one Monday’s local government elections will be remembered in our political culture as ground-breaking. Unfortunately, while we maintained our unblemished record for violence-free electoral campaigns, it was easily the most vulgar and verbally acrimonious campaign we have ever seen. The hitherto unknown drift into totally tasteless utterances, ranging from the sexual orientation of candidates to marital infidelity, has no place in a race to elect our political leaders.
The one that took the dubious prize for sheer vulgarity and crass gutter politics was bringing a goat onstage. What do those brutally absurd happenings have to do with servicing the day-to-day needs of constituents such as an adequate water supply, clean drains and other services supplied by the local government system?
Absolutely none, and to think that these acts were perpetuated by men and women aspiring to influence citizens towards nation-building, and in the presence of young people who are desperately searching for positive role models. I am not going to call names but the guilty ones must search their consciences and silently pledge not to eschew this collective assault on our intelligence and sense of decency.
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