What the analysts and feminists say
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”.