SA media prac­tis­ing dou­ble stan­dards

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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

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