Freedom of media inalienable right
Onkgopotse JJ Tabane’s letter touched on relevant and pertinent issues, except for a minor omission.
When he wrote that, “while black journalists may share the same perspective with the ANC prior to 1994… “he should have written, ‘while some black journalists… ” since not all journalists shared the same perspective as the ANC.
There were those, for instance, who shared the same political perspective with the PAC and Azapo.
I hope as time goes on Tabane will make time to write about the PAC and the Black Consciousness Movement and their leaders.
Tabane said Nelson Mandela attempted to get editors to report on activities of his administration favourably.
This clearly shows Tabane and others are waking up to the reality that Mandela made many mistakes, which some media outlets up to now try to conceal.
And this is that month when all media outlets are going to annoy us by extolling the virtues of Mandela as if he was the first and only person who was involved in liberation politics and who has contributed more than, say, Robert Sobukwe.
Of course, he didn’t. The SABC is guilty of canonising Mandela to the exclusion of everybody else.
Tabane also didn’t spare Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma and Andile Mngxitama and his vigilante BLF group that are funded by the Guptas.
Helen Zille and Julius Malema and the EFF were also slated.
The Zuma administration’s ridiculous Secrecy Bill, according to Tabane, was the scariest. In my view, it wouldn’t have withstood the rigorous scrutiny of this country’s courts.
One wonders what Mngxitama and BLF want to achieve. They may have valid points, but to picket at individual journalists’ homes is stretching it a bit too far.
Mnqxitama and the BLF should learn that, with drums of vinegar they can’t attract even a single fly, but with a teaspoon full of honey they can attract thousands and thousands of bees.
When one looks at what animates them to engage in their vigilantism, they are doing it for that family from India.
Which makes absolutely no sense, since the Guptas were exposed as racist in the leaked Gupta e-mails. So what’s the point, Andile and BLF?
Why did it have to take the courts to bring Mngxitama and his BLF to their senses? Many people were surprised when Mngxitama joined the EFF before he was chased in the streets of Cape Town, running like a headless chicken.
That’s when many people saw through the myopia of Mngxitama.
Freedom of the media is our inalienable right. Witpoortjie
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‘MYOPIC VISION’: BLF leader Andile Mngxitama and his team leave court recently.