Even though we’re not yet at the halfway mark of the annual initiation ceremonies in Mpumalanga, as many people have already died there as in the Boston bombings. Yet by contrast to the bombings, the Mpumalanga initiation deaths were easy to anticipate and prevent.
When someone presents themselves to you as having near-universally foolish views, are we entitled to call that person a fool? Or does “respect” always entail only addressing their arguments, while refraining from applying such labels to them? Errol Naidoo’s call for a boycott on e-TV recently led to a brief debate on this issue.