TOM EATON: Buthelezi, the warlord on whom South Africans went soft
Do not speak ill of the dead, but sometimes it is just too difficult to shut up
They say one shouldn’t speak ill of the dead. Which, I suppose, is one of the reasons the living get away with so much.
The original version of that popular little finger-wag was even more restrictive. De mortuis nil nisi bonum, the Romans told us, echoing the ancient Greeks who’d given them the idea: “Of the dead nothing but good is to be said”. In other words, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. ..
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