Editorials
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7 Sep 2021
5:01 am

Zille’s rant is denting public confidence

Editorials

This is populist rabble-rousing at its finest – and no better than the attacks on our courts by sundry political loudmouths and miscreants.

Helen Zille at the Woordfees in Stellenbosch. Photo: Gallo Images/Jaco Marais

Helen Zille is playing a very dangerous, populist game in trying to claim that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the judiciary are being “captured” by the ANC. Her initial claim – slightly modified and toned down later – was that the Constitutional Court had somehow leaked to the ANC its decision that the upcoming local government elections should go ahead. She then suggested that the IEC was also complicit in a move to allow the ANC to recover from its massive failure to register candidates for the election ahead of the 23 August deadline. At no point in any...