Eric Miyeni calls for Mondli Makhanya's head

2011-08-03 18:34

Johannesburg - Axed Sowetan columnist Eric Miyeni called on Avusa Limited on Wednesday to fire its editor-in-chief Mondli Makhanya.

"If Avusa is dismissing Len Maseko and Willie Bokala it should also dismiss Mondli Makhanya, their boss," he said in a statement.

Maseko is the Sowetan's acting editor and Bokala is its news editor.

"Mondli Makhanya should have been fired for publishing the controversial column that got David Bullard fired from the Sunday Times," said Miyeni.

Bullard was sacked after an outcry over a column about an uncolonised Africa, which was perceived as racist.

Nobody should have been fired

Miyeni was fired this week over a column he wrote about City Press editor Ferial Haffajee, and which was published on Monday.

"There is no legal proof of any wrongdoing with regards to my Sowetan column entitled 'Haffajee does it for white masters'.

"For that reason, nobody, including me, should have been fired by Avusa for it," he said.

Instead of being fired after the Bullard matter, Makhanya was promoted to editor-in-chief, said Miyeni.

"He is the one who taught Avusa editors, by example, that you do not have to do your editorial duties to get ahead at Avusa.

"You must simply apologise when things go wrong after the fact and fire an underling. Mondli should be fired too," he said

Slow death

Makhanya could not immediately be reached for comment.

Sapa was unable to immediately confirm whether Maseko and Bokala had also been fired. They were in a meeting, an Avusa receptionist said.

On Wednesday, Haffajee was seeking advice on what to do about Miyeni's description of her as a "black snake" who might have been necklaced during the apartheid era.

Necklacing involves pushing a rubber tyre soaked in petrol over a person's head and shoulders and setting it alight, leading to a slow death by burning.

It was commonly associated with the murder of black people accused of collaborating with apartheid-era security forces, but is still recorded in South Africa in acts of vigilantism.

Haffajee did not know yet whether she should go to court over the matter, or to the press ombudsman, but said she felt she "must do something about this".

She said Miyeni was a writer and "thought leader" she had admired, having read all his books, which include "The Only Black at the Dinner Party".

However, Monday's column was hate speech, she said.

Not up for scrutiny

Miyeni wrote it in response to the City Press' reportage on a trust ANC Youth League president Julius Malema registered in the name of his son.

It was reported that an unnamed businessman had claimed the trust was used to funnel funds to Malema in exchange for being given preference when contracts and tenders were awarded.

The newspaper has previously run articles which have raised questions about how Malema afforded his lifestyle, which reportedly includes a multi-million rand home in Sandton and loans of luxury vehicles.

Malema said the trust was used to pass donations to charity, and felt his other financial affairs were private and not up for scrutiny by anyone other than the tax man.

He encouraged anyone with information on a bribe paid to him to approach the police for an investigation.

The police have already been asked to investigate Malema's lifestyle, by the Freedom Front Plus.

In the column, Miyeni wanted to know why City Press was investigating only blacks and not whites.

Why was it published?

Miyeni is considering suing the Sowetan for his sacking.

He asked why the Sowetan reacted only on Monday when he submitted the column for publication on Thursday.

"I ask myself why the article was published in the first place," reader Lindy Nene, of Alberton, wrote in a letter to the editor published in the Sowetan on Wednesday.

"I think it's one of two things: The editor thought the article fit for public consumption and published, or the editor simply has no idea what is happening in his own backyard, meaning he is not doing his job."

Apart from Bullard, Kuli Roberts of the Sunday World and Deon Maas of Rapport have had their columns canned in recent years as a result of a public outcry over their work.

Roberts wrote on stereotypes of coloured women and Maas on satanism.

  • Lestor - 2011-08-03 18:42

    Go Away

      squeegeepilot - 2011-08-03 18:52

      Totally self-serving and egotistical.

      Jelly - 2011-08-03 18:54

      He wont, gonna ride the controversy wagon till Juju gives him a 2IB joppi!! What a bunch of whining wankers...

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-03 19:11

      Eric...your lime light is fading one cares about you anymore...go spend your time looking for a new job,you finished!

      Oxygen - 2011-08-03 19:35

      Yes - Go Away. :)

  • Mundu - 2011-08-03 18:43

    Want some cheese with that whine, Miyeni?

      Jelly - 2011-08-03 18:54

      Wha ha ha Mundu, well said boet:-)

      truthteller - 2011-08-04 11:12

      white master craper

  • - 2011-08-03 18:47

    What a petulant reaction. Trying to deflect attention just won't cut it in this case. Stand up like a man, Eric, and handle this with maturity.

  • keng - 2011-08-03 18:55

    like a drunk, the editor probably thought let this man speak his mind

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-03 20:09

      the editor saw his fault and stepped down without making a scene,I say he is a bigger man than most for doing that.

      Zebelon - 2011-08-03 22:34

      It may be so However, Eric Miyeni is not the person to pass judgement on the editor. Miyeni cannot be the accused, the prosecutor, and judge in this matter. His action shows the level of his mental faculty.

  • Smindlo - 2011-08-03 18:56

    hahahahaha...shift the blame!!! go baba

  • Deset Rat - 2011-08-03 19:02

    Why don't both go into the boxing ring and settle it there? Give both sides 6 months to prepare for the fight. Charge R300 per ticket, the winner takes 60% of the purse and the loser 40%. Both win! Done and dusted.

  • Smindlo - 2011-08-03 19:17

    this guy is a pig, same as that useless idiot excuse of a president we have!!!

  • Mzungu - 2011-08-03 19:24

    All these racist, self-entitled arses are such sore losers! Thats the whole problem with todays people, not admitting their mistakes, but passing the buck and trying to blame someone or get revenge

      Phaedioux - 2011-08-03 19:31

      How is it possible for an individual to take reponosibility in SA's modern culture whereby it is deemed that everything is done as a 'collective' - what an easy way out of trouble!

      Phaedioux - 2011-08-03 19:32

      reponosibility = responsibility ('We' have made an error)! ;))

  • maseratifitt - 2011-08-03 19:27

    "Eric Miyeni calls for Mondli Makhanya's head" Why? Has he lost his own?

  • TRiP - 2011-08-03 19:29

    What Eric did was not right, however you can't lay the blame on him. It is the Editor's duty to determine what is printed or rejected. Since the Editor was lax, the editor's head should roll to0.

      Juliarse - 2011-08-04 08:04

      the editor has taken responsibility and resigned

      truthteller - 2011-08-04 11:14

      Mondli must the editor was not even at work ......stupid

  • Mike Hoxbig - 2011-08-03 19:40

    Stop giving this twit press time please. We don't need to create another Malema.

  • dolz - 2011-08-03 19:42

    journs with intergrity take full responsibilty, if this was a award winning piece whr u still gona call ur editor to share the spoils GROW UP Miyeni

      truthteller - 2011-08-04 11:14

      U all scared of Malela hahahahahahahaha

      DEVILS SON - 2011-08-04 12:27

      and malema too

  • Boitshepo - 2011-08-03 19:50

    Interesting i hear Len Maseko was even on leave during all this chaotic period now why will Avusa go and fire a man on leave? i think Mondli should be sacked as well period and eric please you made your bed now lie in it oohhh shame poor you i forgot you cant sleep right?

  • swartwater - 2011-08-03 20:02

    Miyeni says nobody did anything wrong, and then immediately goes on to say that Mondli Makanya didn't do his job as an editor, which would imply not publishing the column which would imply that there IS something wrong with the column... mmmm, talk about shooting yourself in the foot

  • Percy Higgins - 2011-08-03 20:11

    This is probably the first well thought out comment that Eric Miyeni has ever made.

  • DeonL - 2011-08-03 20:29

    So the editor "forced" you to write this? Man up.

  • Jozee - 2011-08-03 20:41

    Mondli Makhanya is a BRILLIANT mind in South Africa - and we are lucky to have him as a shining beacon of hope in our media. Having racists taking South Africa back into the dark ages with vile and antagonistic statements in order to incite hatred and violence is....beyond tragic. But to call for the heads of good and decent people who stand up for the values of the likes of Nelson Mandela, and all peace loving, hopeful, South Africans is .....waaaay beyond stupid! Mondli Makhanya for President!!!

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-08-03 21:03

    Can't say I disagree with his calling that the editor be fired as well. That he let the column into the paper to begin with doesn't show much for his integrity.

  • Eleck - 2011-08-03 21:33

    @pmg i cant respont to dumb a*ss like u. Brush yo teeth b4 talkin 2me. U r not at my level&u cant match my style&2 pathetic.i,m not a farm labour boy.u dont qualify commenting abt the racist me if u want to say.

  • cgtours - 2011-08-03 21:44

    No Matter what Julius says ! wHERE THE HELL DOES YOU MONEY COME FROm? wE NEED TO KNOW, BECAUSEW YOU ARE NOT REALLY WORKING, YOUR SALARY IS TOO LOW? you did have tenders - illegally they collapsed the brdigeds the taxi ranks//?? and and now? NO JULOUS WE WANT TO KNOW WE PAY TAXES !!

  • Spade - 2011-08-03 22:01

    Listening to the Miyeni and Malema rhetoric, one would be excused for thinking the black populace in South Africa is a minority group being undermined by the white majority. The struggle is now against the "white capitalist", which could be interpreted as "all whites are capitalists seeking to undermine the poor blacks". As I see it, it is a way for our so-called political "leaders" to shift blame away from their own severe failures in delivering on promises that got them into office in the first place. If the majority believe they are under siege by the minority, they will also believe it to be the reason for non-delivery.

  • cgtours - 2011-08-03 22:17

    No excuse! This whiite/black/coloured chin ese /Indian thing must stop here! ALL ARE SOUTH aFRUICANS. i WOULD LIKE TO REMIND blacks , YOU, you are not part of the Western Cape at all! YOU have not roots there whatsoever. SO if you do not like the whites/the malays/the cape coloured people-LEAVE , go back to where you came from! ands live happily and make yoor OWN PROMISED LAND ( too BLOODY LAZy) SO SHUT UP YOU ARE INFILTRATORS HERE IN THE CAPE!

  • Eleck - 2011-08-03 22:51

    Guyz gudnyt talk to u tomorow.bye cgtours,botshepo&pmg sweet dreams

  • Indomitable Momo - 2011-08-04 07:50

    Totally agree with Miyeni re removing Mondli. I mean seriously, he was in charge when Bullard wrote that article and he's editor in chief with the Miyeni article. Apparently the acting editor, who was on leave when the Miyeni article was printed, resigned. Mondli should stop acting as if he has no clue. In fact, since he claims not to know whats going on in his environment, he should be fired for incompetence.

  • Lee - 2011-08-04 08:49

    I say Miyeni a "black snake in the grass, deployed by" ANCYL "to sow discord among" the public and divert attention away from the real issues of corruption and abuse of power and responsibility.

  • OLIBO - 2011-08-04 18:20

    Eric, stop wasting your time, Mondli will not be fired! You know why! He is a baas boy and he speaks the language that resonates with his white masters. Have you forgotton how he got the job as Editor of the Sunday Times (he lost the job of Mail and Guardian Editor to Ferial Haffajee)after Avusa had fired Mathatha Tsedu for trying to "make the Sunday Times more african." The irony is that Connie Moalusi, who was instructed by his baas to fire Mathatha was also fired when he eventually woke-up to the reality. We have the darkies fighting each other like cats while the white master runs all the way to the bank!

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