What the an­a­lysts and feminists say

The Sunday Independent - - NEWS -

PO­LIT­I­CAL an­a­lyst Im­raan Buc­cus: “In some coun­tries, the elec­torate take the is­sues of abuse of power very se­ri­ously. This, how­ever, does not seem to be the case in South Africa.

“If a politi­cian had not cam­paigned on cham­pi­oning fam­ily val­ues or for a re­li­gious party, why should an ex­tra-mar­i­tal af­fair be in the pub­lic in­ter­est and why should a party nec­es­sar­ily come down hard on such a politi­cian?

“That politi­cian needs to be judged on his or her abil­ity to gov­ern and en­gage mean­ing­fully with com­mu­ni­ties around key de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues.”

Uni­ver­sity of the Western Cape pol­i­tics lec­turer Pro­fes­sor Bheki Mn­gomezulu: “From a moral point of view, you ex­pect that such peo­ple would not be given any po­si­tion of power ow­ing to the fact that by virtue of their be­ing lead­ers, they be­come role mod­els.

“From a so­ci­etal point of view it is not easy to give th­ese peo­ple po­si­tions, but on the po­lit­i­cal side of things, it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter.”

“They say we are not elect­ing a pope, we are elect­ing a leader.

“That tells you that no mat­ter what moral stan­dards so­ci­ety hold, that does not fea­ture when it comes to pol­i­tics”.

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