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An open letter to Khaya Dlanga.

05 December 2012, 08:42

Dear Khaya Dlanga,

It is with great concern that I write you this letter. I write this letter on behalf of myself and no one else. I would like to discuss your “opinion” pieces that you post every other day in various news publications. You have stated on numerous occasions that your articles are opinion pieces and therefore do not open the door for a debate. I would like to challenge you on that statement by making the following observations:

You are a public figure and should accept responsibility for the platform you find yourself on. Do you really expect that people should listen to your “opinion” pieces and yet not be allowed to debate the subject matter with you? Are you not able to accept criticism and perhaps even debate with someone who might have more knowledge on the subject than you which perhaps can enlighten you and change your “opinion”?

South Africa is a country driven by politics and still suffers from the legacy of the past. Why is it that most of your articles are so obsessed with race? Do you perhaps do this because it is a popular topic and your brand could get more exposure out of it? The part that really annoys me personally is how you constantly talk about the negative but fail to give your “opinion” on how it could be improved.

South Africa is in desperate need of reconciliation and your articles are causing a divide amongst the races, especially with articles like “Cape Town’s Secret White Club”(http://www.iol.co.za/news/cape-town-s-secret-white-club-1.1431433#.UL6GS4Zacug). Your whole article is based on what a friend has said. This shows how deep you actually search for facts. Just because your friend might possibly have experienced it doesn’t really mean that it is true or that her depiction or opinion of it is true.

You criticize various political parties and how they could improve to gain more race based votes but you seem to base this advice on a hunch rather than actually even knowing the parties policies. You also fail to say who you align with politically. I think this is very important seeing that if you are willing to criticize the various parties then your readers are within their rights to request who you vote for.

Your article (http://mg.co.za/article/2012-11-29-00-how-helen-zille-can-increase-her-share-of-the-black-vote) on how Helen Zille could garner more black vote shows your lack of understanding the Democratic Alliance’s Open Opportunity Society for All along with their R2D2 (Redress, Reconciliation, Diversity and Delivery) beliefs. Your article is completely based on race and if you knew any better, which clearly you don’t, you would understand that the DA’s policies focus on having a non race oriented South Africa.


I will conclude this very short letter by stating that I personally believe that your articles are solely to improve your brand name and for financial gain. You write these articles with a shock factor attached. You know the more controversial you are the more people will talk about you. If you firmly believe in what you say, in your articles, then you would not write the pieces you have written.

Having an “opinion” is all good and well but you underestimate the power your “opinion” has along with the platform you have to voice it on. Your lack of willingness to defend your "opinion" also shows your lack of confidence in what you say. South Africa is in desperate need of reconciliation and your articles do nothing to improve this, instead it deepens the already fragile lines between the races in South Africa.

Regards,

Renaldo Gouws

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