FORT HARE SABOTAGE: DA WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED, SAYS STEVENSON

The article “Fort Hare power outage disrupts Zille’s lecture” (Daily Dispatch, 4 October) refers:

The actions of Sasco/ANC in disrupting Helen Zille’s speech at Fort Hare University are a betrayal of the very struggle for freedom that Fort Hare represents.

It’s a disgrace that this university, which is the alma mater of struggle giants such as Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Robert Sobukwe, should be the site of such intolerance and anti-democratic behaviour. It brings shame to the institution and the legacy of people who devoted their lives to the fight for freedom.

The ANC is obviously terrified of the growing support for the Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape and its supporters are now exposing what kind of democracy the ANC is actually committed to.

This is obviously a foretaste of what to expect in the 2014 elections and the DA will not be intimidated.

The real test of any democracy is how you behave when there is a real prospect of you losing power. Political tolerance in our democracy is severely under threat.

The DA salutes the Daso students for standing firm.

Bobby Stevenson

DA Chief Whip in the Provincial Legislature

Bhisho