In The News
This weekend it was all about people buying the City Press to defy the ANC and their crazy wish for people to boycott the newspaper. Reason? Because they wouldn’t take down the picture of the Spear off their site. Silly and strange, considering that the picture was everywhere but they chose to target City Press.
Juliust Malema also added his voice to the noise with a view that was different from the party he’s being chased out of. You can read the full letter HERE but here’s an extract:
In my tenure as President of the ANC Youth League, I have been a victim of vilification and disreputation by many South African leading newspapers. The newspaper nevertheless, which I believe encroached my personal space and undermined my integrity as an individual was the City Press. In a marathon of articles that lasted for more than six months, the City Press ran a public trial on me and my finances with very damaging undertones that I am the most corrupt politician in South Africa who unduly influence tenders in Limpopo Provincial Government and Municipalities even before the legitimate court of law found me guilty.
Amidst all these allegations and innuendos, I have always made it a point that I meet with the leadership and editorial of the City Press to give my side of the story and lay official complaints on what I believed were overboard practices by some of their reporters. The City Press has still not admitted to the many mistakes that I said they have committed in reports about my personal life, so the views am expressing here are not about buying City Press’ face or rewarding them for anything positive they have done for me. The views expressed here are about the fundamental need to protect the right of all South Africans to express different opinions and perspectives on any matter under the sun, because that is what our democracy entails.
Since the wrong depiction of President Zuma in a Vladimir Lenin posture with unzipped pants by an artist, the General Secretary of South African Communist Party Blade Nzimande, and oddly Secretary General of the ANC Gwede Mantashe called for the banning and boycotting of the City Press Newspaper by all peace loving South Africans. What they in essence meant is that all of us who love peace and stability in South Africa should stop buying the City Press Newspaper because the City Press is of a different opinion and view on whether the picture depicting President Zuma in a not so unusual, but unnecessary position should be removed from their website. If all of us who are called upon to boycott the City Press do so, the Newspaper will loose its readership and consequently revenue because advertisers, in particular the State will not continue to advertise in a Newspaper which is boycotted by peace loving South Africans. Basically, Secretaries Nzimande and Mantashe are calling for the closure of the City Press if this newspaper does not agree with what they believe to be the absolute truth.
I normally do not read newspapers, but as a peace loving South African and a committed member, servant and supporter of the ANC, I think I should buy two copies of the City Press this Sunday as a sign of protecting the true values of the African National Congress. The ANC I know engages even the most hostile of enemies with the aim of winning them to a common agenda of nation building and respect for one another.
We should however be very worried that the voice of reason is disappearing and no one has the courage to stand up and speak against undemocratic and potentially despotic practices from within the ranks of the democratic movement. What happened to genuine leaders of the ANC who fought for all this rights? Are we ruled by fear or people are just scared to raise their views because of love for position and scared to be removed from all the luxuries? Once this voice gets silenced and remains silent, many will be casualties of the emerging intolerance, and such will be a sad day in the history of South Africa and the democratic ANC. The question we should now ask is Who is Next?
Commander in chief of Economic Freedom Fighters
LOL at “Commander in Chief of Economic Freedom Fighters. Thathat Juju!
Perhaps Juju should stay out of the ANC for good because he speaks more sense from outside than he does from inside. The “view” he has now sort of puts him in a better position to see what’s really going on in there.
In Other News
After the frantic search on twitter about 2 weeks ago, it turns out that Kgadi Maila, who is Matapa Maila’s sister was actually caught with 3KG of Cocaine in Brazil.
I get that we make mistakes as people but this mistake is too soon after the Nolubabalo dreadlocks drama and in the last few weeks there has been a lot of talk and coverage about drug mules who either died or were held captive overseas. Guys, at some point we need to listen hey… and take responsibility. Money is NOT everything. Especially when you have a family that obviously cares this much about you. I will pray for young kids to learn from such incidents, and that when Kgadi makes it back to her family (I hope she will), she would have learnt her lesson and would in future stay away from this madness.