Rob Rose Editor: Financial Mail

You’d think, given the response to law professor Pierre de Vos’s proposal about abolishing inheritance, that he’d suggested a ritualistic culling of everyone’s first-born. "The intensity of it was surprising," he tells the FM. "I knew it would upset some people, but I was taken aback by the extent of it."

As usual, the fiercest critics swiftly leapfrogged the idea De Vos had floated, and went straight to attacking him personally. It was a depressing reminder that SA’s marketplace of ideas is often really just a noose in a public square.

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