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Intimidation of Zuma's critics 'eroding democracy', says analyst

31 May 2017 12:39 PM
Political analyst Lukhona Mnguni says political leaders are being targeted for their public pronouncements and beliefs.

The intimidation of President Jacob Zuma's vocal critics is shutting down space for multiple voices, says political analyst Lukhona Mnguni.

It will erode the very essence of our democracy.

Lukhona Mnguni, political analyst

Read: Concern around safety of opposition party members after Mapaila threats

Mnguni says political leaders are being targeted for their public pronouncements and beliefs.

This comes after a group of pro-Zuma protesters threatened SACP's Solly Mapaila outside his home on Tuesday.

Also read: Mapaila: Pro-Zuma protesters who threatened me outside my home won't succeed

It also spells out how far the other side is willing to go in terms of intimidating people who are critical of President Zuma.

Lukhona Mnguni, political analyst

At the same time, Mnguni says it appears both sides of the ANC faction are starting to speak out about state capture amid the succession race playing out between presidential hopefuls Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Intimidation of Zuma's critics 'eroding democracy', says analyst


31 May 2017 12:39 PM