Reinstate Dasnois now
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.