Free­dom of me­dia in­alien­able right

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Te­bogo Brown

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


‘MY­OPIC VI­SION’: BLF leader Andile Mngxi­tama and his team leave court re­cently.

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