Re­in­state Das­nois now

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

IT IS with out­rage and shock that we learnt of the dis­missal of Alide Das­nois, the ed­i­tor of your sis­ter ti­tle, The Cape Times, al­legedly as a re­sult of re­port­ing on a re­port by the pub­lic pro­tec­tor (or as sub­se­quent ver­sions as­serted due to fall­ing sales or in­ap­pro­pri­ate cov­er­age of the death of Nel­son Man­dela).

Sekun­jalo, the new own­ers of the Cape Times and your­selves, among oth­ers, is di­rectly linked to the ANC lead­er­ship. The at­tack on Ms Das­nois is clearly po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated. Man­dela is hardly in his grave and al­ready there is an at­tack on the free­dom of the press, a right that was not won lightly since the blood of the masses flowed for it.

The pub­lic pro­tec­tor is on record that the cab­i­net has tried sev­eral times to de­lay and ob­struct her work. At is­sue is the con­spic­u­ous spend­ing on se­cu­rity up­grades of over R200 mil­lion at the pres­i­dent’s pala­tial home. Con­trast this spend­ing with the sit­u­a­tion in the prov­ince of KwaZulu-Natal where the HIV in­fec­tion rate among women of child-bear­ing age is 44 per­cent, al­most one in two. Yet the health bud­get has been cut in this prov­ince be­cause, iron­i­cally, there has been a de­cline in pop­u­la­tion due to HIVre­lated deaths. Lack of funds has pre­vented the 500 000 new cases of HIV in­fec­tion from be­ing tack­led.

We are re­minded of Man­dela say­ing if the cur­rent regime op­presses the masses it should be treated as the old apartheid regime was.

We are call­ing for the im­me­di­ate re­in­state­ment of Das­nois. We call on the broader com­mu­nity to stand up to the am­ab­hulu om­nyama, start­ing with let­ters and calls of protest, ex­tend­ing to pick­ets and other mass ac­tion.

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