IN response to Lawrence Troon's letter, "Wrong to ridicule Zuma" (September 21), respect is earned, so they say. Growing up in the old South End among peoples of all colour and cultures, respect was the order of the day.
However, when we were separated by the apartheid regime of that time, my respect became divided especially for the politicians and their mindset. As a child there was much I did not understand.
Moving forward into present times, I find as an old man asking myself how can the children of this day be expected to respect people who should be setting examples.
Mr Troon, our nation is sadly in moral decay with crime going on unabated, corrupt officials, murder and rape especially of our most vulnerable – need we go on – and we expect our kids to respect us?
I have not an interest in politics past and present.
Mr Troon, you represent a party that I do not respect. When it reaches the moral high ground I will expect the kids to show the respect you deserve as political leaders.
Since 1948 you have failed us.
Leon de Wet, Lorraine, Port Elizabeth