You’re anti-black and anti-black women

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Dear Sir,

I read the ar­ti­cle “Muthambi’s TUT bull­doze” (City Press, March 12 2017) with a great sense of re­vul­sion.

It was ev­i­dent that the story was writ­ten with the sole in­ten­tion of im­pugn­ing my in­tegrity.

I do not ex­pect the me­dia to treat politi­cians with kid gloves. How­ever, at the very least, I ex­pect that the me­dia should get its facts right, es­pe­cially in those in­stances where some­one’s im­age ends up be­ing tar­nished.

Iron­i­cally, it re­lates to my in­ten­tion to en­rol for a post­grad­u­ate de­gree in jour­nal­ism. You would have thought that ver­i­fi­ca­tion of facts would have been up­per­most in the minds of the author and editor.

Clearly, this was not the case. For the record and ben­e­fit of your read­ers, here are the facts:

First, I ap­plied for MTech in jour­nal­ism, fully cog­nisant that: I do not have a ju­nior de­gree in jour­nal­ism; and The univer­sity has a pol­icy on recog­ni­tion of prior learn­ing for stu­dents who may not have de­grees re­lated to post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes they wish to un­der­take.

The univer­sity pro­vided me with a stu­dent num­ber and the depart­ment ad­vised me to at­tend classes while my ap­pli­ca­tion was be­ing con­sid­ered.

Sec­ond, at no stage did I use my po­si­tion as a min­is­ter in my in­ter­ac­tions with the univer­sity. I scrupu­lously en­sured that I use my per­sonal ad­dress and per­sonal email ad­dress in all doc­u­ments.

Third, I did not ap­ply twice, nor was I re­jected twice. I stopped at­tend­ing classes once I was ad­vised that my ap­pli­ca­tion had not been suc­cess­ful.

I do not know what the mis­read­ing by the univer­sity that I hold a three-year de­gree has to do with my ap­pli­ca­tion be­ing turned down. I pre­fer to grant the univer­sity the ben­e­fit of the doubt.

Suf­fice to say, I have been in the com­mu­ni­ca­tion space for at least seven years, both as a mem­ber of the par­lia­men­tary port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on com­mu­ni­ca­tions and now as min­is­ter. In this ca­pac­ity I en­gage with jour­nal­ists and com­mu­ni­ca­tors at an op­er­a­tional and pol­icy level.

Lastly, to its credit, the univer­sity sug­gested that, with my back­ground in man­age­ment, I could con­sider an en­rol­ment for an MBA or a master’s in lead­er­ship, or any other de­gree.

Ev­i­dently, a com­bi­na­tion of the above facts will be in­con­ve­nient for any­one whose in­ter­est is char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion.

Un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances, one would be ap­plauded for want­ing to sup­ple­ment one’s knowl­edge in an area of their work.

Clearly, ours is a sick so­ci­ety that is anti-black peo­ple in gen­eral and anti-black women in par­tic­u­lar. Sadly, this is per­pet­u­ated by black peo­ple them­selves. Faith Muthambi Min­is­ter of com­mu­ni­ca­tions

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