SACP lays into ‘bi­ased’ me­dia

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - LEBOGANG SEALE

THE SACP has laid the blame for the cri­sis be­set­ting Cosatu and the ANCled tri­par­tite al­liance on the me­dia, ac­cus­ing them of conniving with its po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents to dis­credit them.

It said it had seen “mas­sive me­dia cov­er­age of an anti-SACP and an­tiANC ma­li­cious con­tent” since the ex­pul­sion of the Na­tional Union of Me­tal­work­ers of South Africa (Numsa) from Cosatu.

“Such ‘anal­y­sis’

is triv­ial, disin­gen­u­ous, mis­lead­ing and fac­tion­al­ist, to say the least. Such ma­li­cious con­tent be­comes worse when it is pre­sented as ‘in­de­pen­dent anal­y­sis’,” said Solly Ma­paila, the SACP’s sec­ond deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary.

He sin­gled out South African In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs deputy chair­man Moeletsi Mbeki, Cen­tre for the Study of Democ­racy di­rec­tor Steven Friedman and colum­nist Max du Preez.

“Pro­pa­ganda can­not be an in­de­pen­dent anal­y­sis, which is why the likes of Moeletsi Mbeki, who… was ac­tively in­volved in ar­chi­tect­ing the failed DA and AgangSA mar­riage in the con­text of be­ing a Polok­wane (mal­con­tent), are among those prop­a­gat­ing against it (anti-tri­par­tite al­liance).”

Ma­paila said Du Preez’s writ­ing “fit the con­ser­va­tive mould of the con­tin­u­ous anti-ANC-led al­liance agenda” post-1994.

On Friedman, Ma­paila said: “Pro­fes­sor Steven Friedman’s ‘in­de­pen­dent anal­y­sis’… is in­evitably di­a­met­ri­cally op­posed to the truth.”

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