Stokvel story com­plaint

Daily Dispatch - - Opinion -

Re­gard­ing an ar­ti­cle that ap­peared on the front page of the Jan­uary 11, Daily Dis­patch ti­tled “ANC coun­cil­lor em­broiled in Stokvel scan­dal”.

In the ar­ti­cle it was re­ported that a stokvel mem­ber called Them­binkosi Nyend­wana re­ported the (in­ci­dent) to me. It is not true, I don’t have any trace of such a re­port, mes­sage or a call record by such a per­son. It came to my at­ten­tion through the lo­cal lead­er­ship of the ANC in the Nd­lambe sub­re­gion and through the op­po­si­tion par­ties who took it to so­cial net­works.

Fur­ther­more, it was re­ported that my phone rang unan­swered on Thurs­day. That may be true, how­ever, I do not know the con­tacts of the Daily Dis­patch in or­der to call back.

For cour­tesy, the jour­nal­ist could have sent me ques­tions in a text mes­sage. I per­ceive this to be against the ethics of jour­nal­ism and the Daily Dis­patch. For the record, mat­ters per­tain­ing to the be­hav­iour and code of con­duct of ANC coun­cil­lors are han­dled by the re­gional sec­re­tary of the ANC.

In this case, it is com­rade Jo­hannes Hobbs. He could have pre­sented the or­gan­i­sa­tional po­si­tion on the mat­ter should he have been con­tacted by the jour­nal­ist. That the jour­nal­ist men­tions my name with­out putting in ex­tra ef­fort to reach me and get my views and that of the ANC, in my opin­ion, low­ers the cred­i­bil­ity of both the jour­nal­ist and the news­pa­per. – Scara Nja­dayi, re­gional chair­per­son, Sarah Baart­man Re­gion via e-mail

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