You’re anti-black and anti-black women
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