An Open Letter to the Editors in all media, from the Dagga Party.
Good Day Mr/Ms. Editor in the South African media, and to all citizens.
The multitude of articles about the EFF and Mr Malema on the front pages of the press and on TV, and the willingness of the press to also feature Agang, are in direct contrast with the willingness of the media to feature the policies of the Dagga Party of South Africa.
I am the founder and leader of IQELA LENTSANGO: The Dagga Party of South Africa, which intends to register nationally for Elections 2014. I, too, have a vision for my country, which I believe is a concrete and positive and considered approach to a future for all citizens.
In the interests of media fairness, I must insist on claiming similar front page coverage and TV coverage of the Dagga Party's goals. To date, journalists have only been more interested in how many joints I smoke than in any of the Dagga Party's policies and promises to the electorate.
Until the newspapers and the TV media give equal prominence and coverage to the cultural grouping and political party that I lead, I must accuse the media of bias toward the views of Malema and Ramphele, and Zuma and Zille, while others, including myself, are silenced and in fact, studiously ignored.
These links below feature the information about the Party policies and the truth about Dagga that I have already given to the media (and the State) but so far, editors everywhere just refuse to feature it in any way. I therefore make all this information public for the sake to people's rights to know.
Firstly, Here is a link to an introductory brochure from the Dagga Party.
Here is a link detailing WHY Dagga is illegal and the corporate vested interests that presently benefit from the scientifically unsubstantiated prohibition of Dagga.
Here is a link to slides of a presentation given by myself, Jeremy Acton, leader of the Dagga Party, at UWC last year, which highlights some MAJOR policy concerns that we must face in South Africa, and many constructive solutions as proposed by the Dagga Party. These issues include Peak Oil, Climate Change, Urbanisation, Genetically Modified Organisms, and the future of Agriculture. It also shares a real planning vision and investment pathway for all municipalities which will greatly enhance sustainability, food security and economic participation for citizens.
Here is a link to information which indicates that Dagga is now a major treatment for cancer which has been suppressed for many years by the pharmaceutical industry.
Here, too, is a link to a comprehensive list of ailments that can be treated with dagga. (The index of ailments is at the back of the document).
The Dagga party believes that every citizen should have a right to grow and make their own medicine according to their needs, without control by the State, and without having to pay pharmaceutical corporations for access to this medicine.
Here is a link to a document which explains how Cannabis (dagga) upholds various rights listed in the bill of rights of our Constitution, and why its prohibition is therefore unconstitutional. (I wrote this for my legal defence).
Here is a link to my own summons of the state regarding the unconstitutional and unjustified prohibition, and detailing my rights which are violated by the prohibition, and the legal remedies sought. The document is lodged at the office of the State Attorney, Mr P. Mhlana, at 22 Long Street, Cape Town. (Phone 021 441 9200)
After providing all this information to mainstream media newspapers and having received no coverage, I now have to publish this information myself. The truth will NOT be suppressed. People have a right to know about the goals of the Dagga Party and the truth about the Dagga plant, and to be shown that the Establishment's vilification of the Dagga plant is unsubstantiated, and in fact supports a malicious agenda.
For MANY years, and in collusion with the vested interests mentioned in the link above, the media has acted as propagandists for the vested interests behind the prohibition, and it is now time for this to change.
I hope that the Newspapers and TV media personnel will eventually live up to their duty to distribute the information I have provided to the maximum extent possible, because this information is not just party advertising. It is about people's rights.
IQELA: LENTSANGO: The Dagga Party of South Africa.
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