Asking me to respect the ANC is not stuff I have a monopoly on

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Asking me to respect the ANC is not stuff I have a monopoly on

However humble the request for me to respect the ANC is, it’s something I can never acquiesce to

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They say you should never read the comments, but they also said the internet would make us cleverer and now we all know someone who believes Queen Elizabeth is a lizard, so I suppose we should just read the comments and be damned.

To be fair, damnation isn’t the only thing that’s been wished on me in the comments under my columns. Sometimes the heckling is simply bizarre, like the person who pops up every so often to tell me that they hate my columns and refuse to read them, rather like a swivel-eyed eccentric who storms into a deli every few weeks to yell at the proprietor that he will never, ever buy a salami, no matter what anyone says, before storming out again.

Firebrand-for-money Andile Mngxitama, too, stands out for once declaring that I have “a monopoly of stuff” (chapter 3 of Das Kapital, I think). Certainly, it’s the most original and intelligent heckle I’ve ever received from the far left, whose usual efforts — “Racist! Imperialist! Person who know how to balance a budget!” — are as over-used and threadbare as a copy of Pravda left in a barracks toilet in Havana 60 years ago...

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