SA media practising double standards
EDITOR — I was recently watching South Africa’s ANN7 news television station where they did their report on Zimbabwe which was saying that “the government is cracking down on protestors” using images from the recent malicious Nera demo. Their attempts were to paint the country as an unstable environment.
Right after that report they then screened their own version of events, which depicted water canons and armed police officers from the SAPS. Their headline was saying that the South African police force is getting ready for anti Zuma demonstrations.
The double standards here is in how they condemned the use of water canons to disburse rowdy protestors in Harare, but they are reporting the use of the the same mechanisms in South Africa as precaution.
What ANN7 was trying to portray is that if looters are dispersed in Harare, it is police brutality but, if it happens in their own country it is merely preparing for a possibility of the situation going out of hand.
The stubborn fact they tried to ignore is that in any situation, the public’s safety is the overriding priority of any sitting government, South African or Zimbabwean.
The SAPS and the ZRP are appendages of any form of political activism and as such they are mandated to use methods on hooligans for the greater benefit which is public safety and wellbeing.
The only sad part in this whole situation is on how the efforts by the SAPS and ZRP are reported differently by the Gupta owned ANN7. Zimbabwean law enforcement is being vilified while their South African equals are being branded as cautious.
When an African platform sides with Western detractors in attempts to push a regime change agenda, one is left to wonder if this continent is ever going to get anywhere.
The same people from ANN7 are lacking historical awareness, our countries were closely linked during their apartheid days with our country accommodating some of their exiled revolutionaries.
I am sure the plight of their efforts will be relegated to the dustbins of history if the South African media continues to make attempts to victimise Zimbabwe.
Also, South Africans recently remembered the victims of the Marikana Massacre and as such for the South African media to try and portray the ZRP as a brutal force is an overambitious attempt at smearing the image of our peace loving nation. Garikai Chinyani, Via email