- Stephen Grootes
Anyone who thinks South African politics is for sissies has simply not been here. It has always been thus. The violence of the apartheid regime followed the violence of colonialism and the Boer War; 1994 was supposed to be the watershed, the last time we had to worry about political violence. But to listen to some people on the campaign trail, and more worryingly, to observe their actions, is to fret that we could be plunged back into the nightmare of people being attacked for wearing certain shirts, of no-go zones, of police Nyalas at every political meeting. It may be that no one is innocent here. But those who have created this climate must bear ultimate responsibility. And that means the ANC has a very special responsibility here. By STEPHEN GROOTES.