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I believe what I wrote about Ferial Haffajee - Miyeni

2011-08-01 22:52

Cape Town - "I believed what I wrote in the column," said former Sowetan columnist Eric Miyeni after his controversial piece about City Press editor Ferial Haffajee caused outrage on Monday.

"I didn't do it to get fired. I believed what I wrote in the column," Miyeni told eNews, adding, "I think she [Haffajee] is a fantastic human being personally speaking."

Miyeni went on to say the editors at Sowetan read the column before publication and that they had days to check it.

The Sowetan terminated Miyeni's column after removing the piece from their website, saying that he had "crossed the line between robust debate and the condonation of violence".

It made me cry

"It was horrendous to read the column. It made me cry. I can endure criticism about our journalism, but this is hate speech about me as a person," Haffajee told Beeld.

Max du Preez tweeted that the column was definitely hate speech.

"It is disgusting of the Sowetan to have published the column. I can't believe that the editor could have approved it."

Haffajee said that she took these comments quite seriously and said she would sue Miyeni in her personal capacity if needs be.

"I am quite shocked because he's someone I looked up to and admired..." 

South Africans aren't that stupid

Miyeni said in an interview Haffajee must be able "to take the punch".

"She is going to sue me. For what? We're no longer in the 80s. South Africans aren't that stupid. They won't necklace anyone."

In Miyeni’s column titled "Haffajee does it for white masters", he wrote that "in the 80s she'd [Haffajee] probably have had a burning tyre around her neck".

Miyeni defended this by saying he was using a metaphor.

"Who the devil is she anyway if not a black snake in the grass, deployed by white capital to sow discord among blacks?” Miyeni wrote in the column.

ANCYL backing

His column came in the wake of a number of stories published by City Press questioning ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema's lifestyle and finances.

On Sunday the paper reported that he paid more than half the R3.6m purchase price for a Sandton house in cash.

Last week it reported Malema was using the Ratanang Family Trust to receive money from politicians, businessmen, mayors and others, allegedly in exchange for facilitating government contracts.

The league's officials have however denied this and said the trust was used to support charities.

The organisation has come out in support of Miyeni, and lashed out at the Sowetan.

"[The] ANCYL condemns the disgusting decision of the Sowetan of terminating Eric Miyeni's column for speaking his mind openly and frankly," the league tweeted on Monday night.

“We particularly applaud that Eric Miyeni says things as they are and exposes the ill-practices of the journalist he wrote about.”

Comments
  • Muna - 2011-08-01 22:57

    Too late now Miyeni you are a disgrace to your profession and total idiot. Wait a minute JZ says there is an opening for you in the cabinet.

      Sir Eidolon - 2011-08-01 23:05

      JZ does not speak. He's too busy eating his cake.

      Sedick - 2011-08-01 23:09

      Yes, he will get Jimmy Manyi's job when Jimmy is promoted up the gravy train to a Minister. They are equally adept at BS........

      Spyker May - 2011-08-02 01:10

      Perhaps Juju will feed him, as he fed the stoned junky murderer, 'Jub Jub in Jail'. It actually rhymes so nicely, perhaps he can write the lyrics – from the court “records” of his impending trial – and the other two can-can do the rap version of 'Jailhouse Rocks' (after all Afriforum suspects Elvis is still a key protagonist). This is turning into a diabolical escapade of epic proportions - not even if J. R. R. Tolkien wrote “Die Lord van die Ringgatte” while he was playing with spiders in Bloemfontein, would it be a smidgen in comparison. In fact if we stand back for a moment, then perhaps we can see what a tangled web of investigations, charges, court-cases, etc are busy being created here. Add to this the almost infinite number of pending and/or on-going cases/investigations into almost every government function (incl the police themselves), numbers of municipal entities, corruption on a global scale (ie the Arms Deal), the escalating rate of murders (essentially daily reports), plus all the other spiralling crime and you have a legal system that is heading for a grid-lock – it will simply freeze up and there will be no law...

      za101 - 2011-08-02 01:44

      In the private sector, if you mess-up you get fired. In government, if you mess-up , you get a promotion, a pay-rise, a bonus and more benefits.

      tryanything - 2011-08-02 05:37

      Yes at the private sectors expense

      Whoosa - 2011-08-02 06:21

      dubula, what does your name means?

      jbjoe - 2011-08-02 06:41

      coward

      Welleducated - 2011-08-02 07:23

      DubulaAMABUNU is a racist and he knows it. The truth is the truth and he is a true new south african racist of the worst kind, he is another Malema and there can be no worse recist than that. You do not deserve to live in a free country.

      tkotze - 2011-08-02 07:30

      @DubulaAMABUNU, you say you speak for the majority about how they feel about certain topics. Would you then say the majority of black is racist towards whites and anyone that does not agree with them? Or is this a case that you again feel that it is not racism if it is directed towards whites? The interesting thing is that none of the wonderful young black co-workers I share a workplace with have the same believes as you. Neither has any black man or woman I have met that made a success in the new or old South Africa. Since the group I know is the group that excelled through hard work without relying on favours and handouts made a success I can only assume your "common black man's thoughts that agree with the article" is referring to those which did not have either the intelligence, the drive or the commitment to make a success. So in my eyes you are insulting my colleagues. Please don't. This is not a black vs white thing anymore, it is about those that was able to make it, and those you couldn't. And it is the current governments fault that we still have the unemployed rate that we currently have due to schooling and funding going to BMWs and Mercs in place of creating jobs and providing opportunities for people to excel... it is a class difference, with the middle having more blacks than whites, and more black home ownership than whites.

      Martin - 2011-08-02 07:40

      That is what makes it so frightening. A man who is supposed to be intelligent 'believes in' this violent, rascist hate speech !!! Imagine the level of thinking of the uneducated youth in our country !!! Malema and the ANC are responsible for people thinking this way. This is what they want.

      melchiedek - 2011-08-02 07:50

      Miyeni i am disappointed in you,you should have known better to control your emotions,you will be lucky if she doesnt sue your butttttttttt.

      capetonian - 2011-08-02 08:19

      No - he can be the spokesperson for Julius and the kindergarden - they seem to think he's a hero!!

      Felix - 2011-08-02 08:25

      The line between good and evil is usually so blurry, in some respect we are lucky that it is so obvious in our country. The enemies of freedom are so confident that they have made their agenda clear for us all to see. I hope the envelope was thick enough Miyeni, you racist bigot.

      Dougalan - 2011-08-02 08:35

      Yep, Miyeni is obviously in the pay of Juju. How can a supposedly intelligent man take issue with a newspaper for exposing corruption - unless HE has a personal interest in keeping it hidden? We don't need racists like Miyeni here.

      Hamner - 2011-08-02 08:36

      Yes, and he believes the ANC rises out of the anus of Melema

      p123 - 2011-08-02 08:46

      JZ can only eat, dance and produce children.

      Chronoman - 2011-08-02 09:06

      I wonder how much the Ratanang Trust pays Miyeni to make propaganda for Malema. Is this one of the charities that it supports?

      Chronoman - 2011-08-02 09:09

      @Ryan Tunney, you can go live in your whites only state. I WANT a multi racial SA to succeed. I WANT us to be the best we can be. I have many black friends and colleagues that are close to my heart. Don't you have any? Won't you miss them?

      czovczov - 2011-08-02 09:19

      People are not seeing the bigger picture here. Its obvious MIYENI is singing for his supper. He is hopping that one day if Malema ever becomes president he will look back and remember this day and repay him with a ministerial post. He is hoping all this ass-kissing will be rewarded someday!

      Ryan Tunney - 2011-08-02 09:22

      @Mgayi...yeah damn right! But listen we'll export it to you guys. Hopefully Malema won't keep it all for himself when he's the president of your country.

      Ryan Tunney - 2011-08-02 09:29

      Hey where's my comment disappeared to....what's wrong with these people?

      willieman - 2011-08-02 09:48

      Maybe Eric is positioning himself for Malema cabinet as spin doctor

      Together - 2011-08-02 10:51

      I'm sorry, Eric - that's so disappointing. I truly thought that you'd been kidnapped and forced to write thoughtless hate-speech against your will. As for the neclacing issue - you must be very cut-off from the current news, wherever you are, to think that words don't impact actions in SA. In fact, while everyone in govt. was wringing their hands yesterday over the tragic shooting at Rosebank police offices and asking: "Why do South Africans want to settle everything with violence?", all I could hear in my mind was "Mshini Wam... mshini wam". I can't accept that people with any platform in SA are this disconnected from the concept of cause and effect - the only way I can process any of this is to ask myself: "Who benefits?" It is time all peace-loving South Africans begin to ask this question.

      Flinger - 2011-08-02 11:04

      Haffajee's only defence now is to keep digging up dirt on Malema, Miyeni is just one of the ANCYL propaganda agents that they place in the media, and he was just a pawn, he is not the focus of attention, keep on trucking Ferial, you have the rat by the tail, now pull him out of the ground!

      YBNS - 2011-08-02 12:48

      So Haffajee, that how it feels when a journalist is doing his/her JOB! "It was horrendous to read the column. It made me cry. I can endure criticism about our journalism, but this is hate speech about me as a person," Haffajee told Beeld.

      GT - 2011-08-02 13:37

      @YBNS - that was not journalism, it was person opinion. Miyeni did not back up any of his charges with facts.

      czovczov - 2011-08-02 15:42

      We must admit that a leadership vacuum was left when those who initially pledged to champion the cause of the poor black people, decided to deviate from their primary objectives and instead decided to spend all their time and energy lining their own pockets with the proceeds from corruption. This is the sad story of what's happening within the ANC. This has resulted in opportunistic leeches like Malema and company trying to fill that leadership void but under false pretences while their main goal is to enrich themselves. It is the poor black people who ultimately lose in all this at the end of the day. On one hand we have Zuma who is hesitant to come down heavy on Malema because he owes his own political survival and fortune in part to Malema who stood by him through the rape trial and war against Mbeki. On the other hand Zuma and his colleagues in government have forgotten about the poor and are now busy enriching themselves and their children. Its time for a new breed of leaders with morals and principles to rise up and take charge of the situation. But that new breed of leaders is definitely not Malema and his friends in the Youth League.

  • nic - 2011-08-01 23:02

    Only disgusting thing throughout this is the ANCYL continuously supporting people who say things like this. They are the true racists in the country nowadays. Gone are the days that white Afrikaners whore that label. Oh how times have changed.

      nic - 2011-08-01 23:08

      meant to say: "wore" that label...

      AJ - 2011-08-02 03:08

      @nic - 'whore' works too there nic....

      Badballie - 2011-08-02 08:14

      true except the Afrikaner still takes the cakes with their "speaks to me in my language or don'ts speaks to me at all attitude" although on the up side I haven't had to speak to one of them in quiet a while.

      capetonian - 2011-08-02 08:37

      Pitbull - you are spot on! I was a schoolboy writing Matric when Northern Rhodesia got its independance from the UK and became Zambia. Kaunda and his UNIP Government moved quickly to "Zambianise" the economy - that meant replacing trained white miners with black ones. Then what opposition there was in their Parliament came under the same attack as Mad Bob is doing now in Zimbabwe. They actually declared a one party state - nationalised the mines, and what do you think happened? Their currency collapsed - from one on one to the Rand to 500 to the Rand! All the qualified and knowledgeable expatriates left in a hurry and nothing much has changed since....but that's Africa - nearly 50 years later and you have to ask - how has the average black citizen benefited? Only the elite few who have stolen from their countries assets. And this prize prick Malema thinks he has the answers!!!

      myoomsemotor - 2011-08-02 09:10

      WTF are you on about Ryan, white only state in the WC? white only schools? our schools? our sports? are you actually serious dude? i can expect that from us afrikaners but from a englishman, no my friend, you're seriously still living in the 80's. please get real and start facing reality....

      YBNS - 2011-08-02 12:48

      So Haffajee, that how it feels when a journalist is doing his/her JOB! "It was horrendous to read the column. It made me cry. I can endure criticism about our journalism, but this is hate speech about me as a person," Haffajee told Beeld.

  • RealSouthAfrican - 2011-08-01 23:07

    Wow, what a way to backtrack! "fantastic human being, personally speaking." Its ok guys, he is black and cant be racist. At least Floyd hit the like button!

      kolobe - 2011-08-02 07:51

      good to see more blacks coming out with how they really feel

      Felix - 2011-08-02 08:28

      Does that mean you will stop pretending to be one now piggy?

      Point Blank - 2011-08-02 08:37

      @kolobe, more like seeing more blacks showing their true colours....

      Richard - 2011-08-02 09:12

      Yes Kolobe, its good to know blacks are starting to show their racist tendencies. I have no problem with that, as long as 'whities' are aloud to call you on it and play the race card too.

      Morne Loubser - 2011-08-02 10:12

      Wow! Amazing how many racist blacks are commenting! LOL! And they don't even realise it. All this crap about burning tyres in the 80's going around is actually a waste of characters! AND RACIST! How would you oaks feel if we were saying stuff like "If we we're still in the 80's (WHICH WE'RE NOT) You wouldn't even be able to post on here...?

      Together - 2011-08-02 10:52

      I'm sorry, Eric - that's so disappointing. I truly thought that you'd been kidnapped and forced to write thoughtless hate-speech against your will. As for the neclacing issue - you must be very cut-off from the current news, wherever you are, to think that words don't impact actions in SA. In fact, while everyone in govt. was wringing their hands yesterday over the tragic shooting at Rosebank police offices and asking: "Why do South Africans want to settle everything with violence?", all I could hear in my mind was "Mshini Wam... mshini wam". I can't accept that people with any platform in SA are this disconnected from the concept of cause and effect - the only way I can process any of this is to ask myself: "Who benefits?" It is time all peace-loving South Africans begin to ask this question.

      YBNS - 2011-08-02 12:49

      So Haffajee, that how it feels when a journalist is doing his/her JOB! "It was horrendous to read the column. It made me cry. I can endure criticism about our journalism, but this is hate speech about me as a person," Haffajee told Beeld.

      czovczov - 2011-08-02 15:44

      We must admit that a leadership vacuum was left when those who initially pledged to champion the cause of the poor black people, decided to deviate from their primary objectives and instead decided to spend all their time and energy lining their own pockets with the proceeds from corruption. This is the sad story of what's happening within the ANC. This has resulted in opportunistic leeches like Malema and company trying to fill that leadership void but under false pretences while their main goal is to enrich themselves. It is the poor black people who ultimately lose in all this at the end of the day. On one hand we have Zuma who is hesitant to come down heavy on Malema because he owes his own political survival and fortune in part to Malema who stood by him through the rape trial and war against Mbeki. On the other hand Zuma and his colleagues in government have forgotten about the poor and are now busy enriching themselves and their children. Its time for a new breed of leaders with morals and principles to rise up and take charge of the situation. But that new breed of leaders is definitely not Malema and his friends in the Youth League.

      IMHO - 2011-08-02 18:31

      Backtrack in true Ancyl style yes. Cowards who "can't take the punch" for what they say...

  • RuthK - 2011-08-01 23:12

    Miyeni, you are a bitter fool whose been shown up to be the racist pig you are. You should not only be fired, but necklaced for contributing to the racial tensions in this country. Many have worked hard to put an end to the divide that you and the likes of Juju feed off.

      Mad Hatter - 2011-08-02 10:25

      The Norway killer/Hitler/Amin/pot also believed in what they were doing , doesn't make it any less offensive.

  • Bek - 2011-08-01 23:20

    Stupidity and the 80's are very much alive here in the Eastern Cape. We had a few necklacing incidents in the P.E. area.

      nic - 2011-08-01 23:27

      exactly. So for this fool to say crap like this and then to backtrack with: "We're no longer in the 80s. South Africans aren't that stupid. They won't necklace anyone." just shows how stupid and uninformed he is, or how arrogant he is and how stupid he thinks we are. You pick. My money is on a little bit of both. Probably more the former.

      Republic - 2011-08-02 00:38

      Not to mention the mob murders happening all over the country... the priest that was supposed to be 'turning himself into a giant snail' to terrorize the community and that poor Zimbabwean in Diepsloot.

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-02 11:18

      @Republic...actually the priest had a magic invisible penis that was rapeing the women and his wife was turning into a snail lol....show the intelligence of those people who believed that.

  • Monica - 2011-08-01 23:32

    You all in the ANC are corrupt; you dealt with the very low class of South Africans to vote for you! There is many intellegent people in this country and your production is going down; so is the people that work under the ANC government; you talk about nationalion of mines and banks? Surely you cannot take that serious! You are a bunch of lunitics that runs this country! Employ people in this country before you live thi "Hollywood Lifestyle" that most of the ANC have. A few people became instant milionares; you are tarketing the people that are ilterate and the poor but do do not deliver! They do not have access to internet and newspapers to see what you are doing! If these people knew that was going on they will never vote ANC! Wake up ANC! Start with education of the young children and stop stealing the funds to enrich yourselves!

      Justme - 2011-08-02 00:58

      What Idiot can give this post a "Thumbs down"! Sometimes I wonder.

      ProudofPink - 2011-08-02 00:59

      So you've noticed that too ie. about it only being the lower classes that support the ANC and the Yoof Leak.

      lee metford - 2011-08-02 04:49

      Monica, speak of education: please check your spelling!

      YBNS - 2011-08-02 12:49

      So Haffajee, that how it feels when a journalist is doing his/her JOB! "It was horrendous to read the column. It made me cry. I can endure criticism about our journalism, but this is hate speech about me as a person," Haffajee told Beeld.

  • wombatingloves - 2011-08-01 23:33

    With your racism & anger issues you will be welcomed into the ANCYL with open arms. You can then continue to ignore the ANC's freedom charter just like the rest of the misguided, thieving self entitled "youth"!

  • pat - 2011-08-01 23:33

    Miyeni do you aprove of Malema's lifestyle. Do you believe that the money he spends is from hard work. If thats your believe join him in his stealing.

      nic - 2011-08-01 23:45

      of course he approves. Bet you there is a few withdrawals from the trust with his name on

  • Brassballs - 2011-08-01 23:37

    Eric had a white girlfriend in the 90's. Why has he become such a racist...maybe because he did not become the huge success he was hoping to be, now he's full of anger, resentment and hate!

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-08-02 08:49

      Eventho i think what he said/wrote is pathetic i do believe Ferial should sue The Sowetan. It is the job of the Editor to check these things and the implications that could arrise from it. Yes, Eric should be punished but by the Sowetan, inhouse, and then the legal fault and blame and punishment should go to the Sowetan itself.

  • Janine - 2011-08-01 23:40

    Go fearless Ferial! What this man said about you is disgusting and he deserves to be sued. We don't need people spouting this hate speech.

  • Leroy - 2011-08-01 23:41

    Now I may be wrong ANCYL, but let me NOT particurlarly applaud you wrt to your stance regarding Botswana...Let you tell that man face to face of his ill-practices...you clever little young people...

  • fragtion - 2011-08-02 00:20

    "I BELIEVE what I wrote" racist ad hominem hate speech VS. forensic care about providing accurate proper journalism which exposes facts that the public actually care about being aware of (Malema taking bribes). Take your pick

  • matchoftheday - 2011-08-02 00:25

    Malema's cup of tea. He's a dictator-in-waiting and we are watching the minutes tick on this time-bomb! Tsutis and Hutus started with all this hate speech...signs are there.

  • v3 - 2011-08-02 00:37

    Hey, Eric, your stupidity, ignorance and crassness, reinforcing THAT stereotype, has just made dozens of non-blacks racists. Just like you.

      YBNS - 2011-08-02 12:49

      So Haffajee, that how it feels when a journalist is doing his/her JOB! "It was horrendous to read the column. It made me cry. I can endure criticism about our journalism, but this is hate speech about me as a person," Haffajee told Beeld.

  • Cabral - 2011-08-02 01:12

    @All whites Do you know that Mandela mentioned nationalisation of mines and banks before detained and when released? it's ANC thing not Malemas

      AA - 2011-08-02 01:35

      @Cabral. Do you think it is only whites concerned about nationalisation ? Also, show me one country where nationalisation has worked. Even China realized that private indusrty and a free market system is the way to go. It is only a good system on paper, it does not work in practice.

      moiraine - 2011-08-02 02:29

      Trouble is that the people think that Nationalising everything will mean they are all rich like the current mine owners, they dont realise that it will mean we are all poor like the current mine workers.

      Roman Moroni - 2011-08-02 03:05

      M Thatcher: ......“Socialism works until the socialists run out of other peoples money”........

      IBI - 2011-08-02 03:24

      You know Cabral, I tried very hard to place a comment about the ANC's long term strategy about nationalisation and land grabbing. It was already cast in stone in the 50's. But my comments are quickly removed. They leave all this junk, but News24 are very concerned about comment of substance. Malema is only the "tester of the water" The ANC will move as soon as they see that the plebs have gotten conditioned to accept it.

      AA - 2011-08-02 04:05

      Agreed moiraine. There will a one ruling class, the rest will be surfs there to further enrich the ruling class. It does not work and although may disagree a free market system is the only one proven to work time and time again.

      chinyoli - 2011-08-02 06:57

      You know whats reality, most developed countries went through a process of nationalisation and that laid the basis for a successful capitalist system. As we speak today the banks in the UK are nationalised, strictly speaking. The issue is to be able to engage without prejudices. Who knows, we are a country of miracles and we may just find one!!!!

      pitbull - 2011-08-02 08:09

      @Cabral: Look what happened in Zambia when Kaunda nationalized the mines in the 60s/70s. The foreign buyers went elsewhere to buy their copper, Chile, Australia... The same thing will happen here. When Anglo-American, Billiton etc are destroyed locally they will just simply up their stakes and move to foreign lands (where they are already working) leaving this country in the hell of its own political making. Now that Zambia has made the mines private again they are functioning and are selling copper to foreign buyers. Don't people learn from history????

      Lab-Rat - 2011-08-02 09:17

      Yeah, that was just before he saw the bigger picture.

      nic - 2011-08-02 09:49

      This is not a black and white thing anymore and everybody who thinks it is, is a muppet. This is about a policy that has a dismal track record everywhere it was implemented around the world. It is a breeding ground for a corrupt regime and this with the media bill will make SA a border line communist state. How do they NOT see this? /facepalm

      Shirley - 2011-08-02 13:47

      Ja but then he went to jail and became educated numb nuts!

  • werner.smidt - 2011-08-02 01:16

    "South Africans aren't that stupid. They won't necklace anyone." Err...right.

      pitbull - 2011-08-02 08:10

      You wanna bet???? Most South African's are that stupid. Incite them to riot and they will do so. It only takes a spark to start a bushfire.

      Creeky - 2011-08-02 08:39

      They were necklacing people in PE, a couple of weeks ago... This man IS a racist!

      Point Blank - 2011-08-02 08:41

      2 youth suspected of crime were necklaced recently... You right, South Africans are not that stupid, you are.

      Together - 2011-08-02 10:55

      I'm sorry, Eric - that's so disappointing. I truly thought that you'd been kidnapped and forced to write thoughtless hate-speech against your will. As for the neclacing issue - you must be very cut-off from the current news, wherever you are, to think that words don't impact actions in SA. Just google "May/June 2011 in PE". In fact, while everyone in govt. was wringing their hands yesterday over the tragic shooting at Rosebank police offices and asking: "Why do South Africans want to settle everything with violence?", all I could hear in my mind was "Mshini Wam... mshini wam". I can't accept that people with any platform in SA are this disconnected from the concept of cause and effect - the only way I can process any of this is to ask myself: "Who benefits?" It is time all peace-loving South Africans begin to ask this question.

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-02 11:24

      @Together...enough already,we get your point!

      Together - 2011-08-02 12:08

      Sorry SRG - just had to keep on posting til someone GETS it, because it's the entire point.

      Cindy - 2011-08-02 15:05

      @ Together and Werner.smidt, I agree 100%, ill-considered words and an inherent xenophobia nearly cost a friend his life in Walmer Township(Port Elizabeth) over the weekend. When he slowed down to go over a speed bump, the car behind rear-ended his car. He got out to do the usual details exchange but when the onlookers twigged he was a Zimbabwean they turned into a mob, hell bent on wiping him out.....Mshini Wam, Mshini Wam.........

  • werner.smidt - 2011-08-02 01:40

    "South Africans aren't that stupid. They won't necklace anyone." Err...right.

  • Dogmatic - 2011-08-02 02:01

    I heard the rubbish he said on Kaya last night, and I am glad I am not the only one that think he is an a-hole and has crossed the line and this was a personal attack with hate speech with hte cherry on the top. He still went on to call callers who disagreed with his disregard for his proffession and the trust placed in his hands, 'stupid' 'Who the hell' is that how modern journo's write, disgraceful. Very happy he got canned.

      Together - 2011-08-02 12:59

      I used to really enjoy listening to Eric, but he really lost the ability to be objective a while ago. A great pity - he's chosen a path that will stunt his abilities, which is always the result of prejudice.

  • Saige - 2011-08-02 02:25

    While heads are rolling ... who is the editor that authorised the publication of Miyeni's article?

      Bruce Fox - 2011-08-02 09:13

      Good point, but if David Bullard had to get fired for his piece then I guess its fair play that this brain dead individual gets his come-uppance.

      Dzunisani - 2011-08-02 15:19

      The principle is that editors must not publish things that are insulting and encouraging violence and rasicm.

  • Boiling Frog - 2011-08-02 03:02

    :)Quite frankly we need too redifine what RACISISM is and what it defines

      Together - 2011-08-02 10:47

      I don't think so - I think we just need to look up the international definition of the word and make an actual effort to comprehend it.

      Rightbydan - 2011-08-02 15:07

      RACICISM Say what? How can you define it if you can't spell it? Also ridifine?

  • Dave50 - 2011-08-02 05:16

    Black racist is ok , it does not matter what you beleive.

  • NewsHoundMe - 2011-08-02 06:29

    I remember Eric Myeni from my days in Yeoville, I always looked up to him as a strong, proud and intelligent man. How wrong I was. After reading his diatribe, I would have to say that either he has lost his wits or has been absolutely corrupted by absolute power. Eric, I am horrified at what you have become, you are the true 'snake in the grass'.

  • BlakKat - 2011-08-02 06:31

    Eric Miyeni should be ashamed of himself.

  • malf*k - 2011-08-02 06:35

    How much was he REALLY paid to write that column??? and they say that city press is controlled and owned by white capital bla bla bla...

  • Uncle - 2011-08-02 06:44

    Miyeni is a racist serving his black bosses. See? easy to turn it around. It's all just posturing and BS. If we simply ignored Julius he would fade away into the ether. The attention makes him popular with the (deliberately) uneducated masses.

  • Deeteem - 2011-08-02 06:47

    Amazing how RACISM is only RACISM when a white person is the one speaking !!

  • flummoxed - 2011-08-02 06:58

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. In one breadth Myeni's condemning Ms Haffejee for been quote 'deployed by whites' when he on the other hand has proved his allegiance to and approves of Malema's lies and self gratification. Wag maar!

      Lab-Rat - 2011-08-02 09:48

      It seems to me that he's angry because he'll never be white. Talk about a cultural inferiority complex.

  • Karen - 2011-08-02 07:14

    Miyeni, i have often read your articles in the Sowetan, and mostly found it prejudiced, shortsighted and badly researched. You are obviously a man of high intelligence, just a pity that your hatred and prejudices makes you a weak and spineless individual.

      Bok Fan - 2011-08-02 08:01

      If by intelligence you mean bigoted,spiteful,verbose,immature,violent,predictable,irrational etc. You are right, he has the whole bucket load.

      Lab-Rat - 2011-08-02 09:49

      I really don't understand why everybody is labeling him as intelligent. How do they come to that conclusion? Help me out a bit.

  • SeaPea - 2011-08-02 07:15

    SeaPea:what a sad state of affairs these comments demonstrate.How can we build a bright future when dwelling on the hateful past?We are in grave danger of falling into the traps of bigots and evil people by surrendering to these hate-sayers. I hope Madiba does not read all of these comments for his sadness and disappointment will be heavy to bear.All you ungrateful people keep your spiteful thoughts and comments away from those who seek to build for our children and their children.

      Mangena1 - 2011-08-02 07:59

      @SeaPea : This is the kind of mindset South Africa needs at the moment. Lets us build this nation for the sake of our children and the rest of the world. Where change is needed, lets make those changes so that all of can leave with peace of mind and harmony. The likes of Madiba fought for democracy and freedom of which it was necessary but now is our turn to build this nation. The extreme dislike of each wont help us in anyway, instead its gonna destroy us. With this kind of attitude, we might end up been like some countries in North Eastern Africa.

      Janine - 2011-08-02 09:08

      Don't drag Madiba into this - he is old and frail.

  • Roger Rothner - 2011-08-02 07:30

    Ja. Malema and his bang gang again.

  • Ryan Tunney - 2011-08-02 07:31

    "I believe what I wrote in the column,".....WRITING, now there's another concept introduced by the colonialist white. If it wasn't for the white man you wouldn't be WRITING anything you dickhead!!

      Star - 2011-08-02 08:09

      @Momo Just note: most of the whites did not know the extent of what was happening!!!!! Should I apologise for something that ended when I was 12??? It was a few in power who abused it.. Just like what is happening now!!

      Felix - 2011-08-02 08:44

      Don't worry Momo, maybe one day before you die you will figure out what Neslon did...

      myoomsemotor - 2011-08-02 09:25

      i wanted to comment on momo's stupid comment but i see he commented on that idiot ryan's thread.

  • nn.prv - 2011-08-02 07:33

    Journos at each other's throats..I love it.But hey they should be able to take each other's punches.

  • Gaina - 2011-08-02 07:39

    Miyeni you aare obviously in denial necklacing is still happening, you racist sub.

  • Bok Fan - 2011-08-02 07:43

    So Mugyeni is even more of a fool than his words indicate. After all He is just another intellectual lightweight poseur that the diseducated and barely literate masses can hail as a "thoughtleader" I can't wait for Eusebius' comments

  • dollypeg - 2011-08-02 07:46

    Isn't it funny how when people make sick statements as Miyeni did and then they say, it was just a metaphor. Hate speech? Just a metaphor!

  • Mixyez - 2011-08-02 07:48

    While the rest of the country gets on with the business of trying to build a better SA for all, the ANCYL do everything in their power to create disharmony. Were it not for their racist ideals, there would be no place for the ANCYL. They would have very little to do as we have more than enough poorly educated people. Their only claim to fame is that they are racist and that is what keeps them in the political spotlight.

  • FACT - 2011-08-02 07:54

    Well done Miyeni!!!! You are know one step closer to having a prime position in the ANC!!!

  • corpo - 2011-08-02 07:55

    "She is going to sue me. For what? We're no longer in the 80s. South Africans aren't that stupid. They won't necklace anyone." HAHAHA, yes you stupid IDIOT "Miyeni", just like the arrogant ANCYL you don’t even know what’s going on in your own country and then you want to make comments about it, learn the facts before you speak your mind you corrupt SOB, http://mg.co.za/article/2011-07-27-a-place-of-violence-where-necklacing-is-the-only-choice , go read this article , it happened last week, so I guess you are calling South Africans STUPID and you did it publicly. This is the exact reason why the country is in such a havoc about the ANCYL’s comments because they don’t even know their own history and who fought against apartheid and who didn’t. I don’t think they should get political training, I think they rather need to go back to school and get a few classes on history, oh wait , Julius Malema has a reason to skip the classes, I don’t think he will understand history.

  • bumblebee - 2011-08-02 07:58

    Can you just imagine what would have happened if Ferial Haffajee had said JuJu should be "wearing a necklace" …… for goodness sake, look what happens when a drop of whisky lands on Zuma!!

      mthamayza - 2011-08-02 13:38

      I’m very disappointed about the comments on this page. White community where do you think you belong to this country. Why every time you are easily hurt about the subject matter of what you did before. You are a creator and implementer apartheid.

      IMHO - 2011-08-02 18:39

      Bwahahaha!

  • corpo - 2011-08-02 07:58

    Oh and the ANCYL applauses the column that he wrote cause its it there favour, the slightest thing said against them is racism (From a white person) , “the white man made me do it” that’s always your excuse

  • Lekabisto - 2011-08-02 07:58

    It was rumoured that the ANCYL is looking for a new spokes person, dont u all see that was just an application from Eric Miyeni to get the Job.......

  • Mangena1 - 2011-08-02 08:02

    @SeaPoint : This is the kind of mindset South Africa needs at the moment. Lets us build this nation for the sake of our children and the rest of the world. Where change is needed, lets make those changes so that all of can leave with peace of mind and harmony. The likes of Madiba fought for democracy and freedom of which it was necessary but now is our turn to build this nation. The extreme dislike of each wont help us in anyway, instead its gonna destroy us. With this kind of attitude, we might end up been like some countries in North Eastern Africa.

      Bok Fan - 2011-08-02 10:36

      Mangena, I appluaud your sentiments,but for one issue, The "extreme dislike" you mention but for one issue. I am finding that the revulsion/approval is trending less for groups and more for behaviours. Folks of all kinds are moving away from raw racial consciousness to an ethical awareness. Eg. The universal condemnation of Cwele and her salaried suspension and the widespread support for Haffejee's investigations. I hope I'm not dreaming.

  • pitbull - 2011-08-02 08:03

    Mr Miyeni - You sleep with dogs you will get fleas. You deserve everything you got, including being fired. If you were half a journalist you would see both sides of the story and not attack another journalist who may or may not be doing a sterling job of running the opposition newspaper. Remember, when you point one finger out, three are pointing back at you. Your mate, the Mampara should be destroyed in the most painful way possible - sitting on his piles....

  • ihatum - 2011-08-02 08:04

    Clearly someone (Miyeni) is caught in a time warp. Is he youthful enough to join the ANCYL?

  • Colin - 2011-08-02 08:06

    The worst part about this is that it only serves to widen the divide between people of different race groups in this country. You are an idiot Eric Myeni. People such as yourself are a disgrace to South Africans.

  • Sinudeity - 2011-08-02 08:06

    Dont worry eric. If this was the 80's, you would have been tied to the front of a ratel, and been driven through thornbushes. Im talking metaphorically of course.

  • McDaNife - 2011-08-02 08:07

    He is a lowest scum of the earth taking advantage of the ANC/ANCYL stronghold of siding with him. They can say anything they want to without being reprimanded. How sad for our country where others outside the government are not protected by the government. I always thought the anc is the way to go but how wrong I am.

  • Badballie - 2011-08-02 08:09

    Sorry boet but you spoke out in anger and woke up the mind police, just another article showing that as we progress technologically we regress mentally with far to many people getting way to much input into what we say, do and think. With the so called advances in human evolution we are being controlled more and more to thepoint where we are censored on not only what we say but more and more on what we think. We as humans have a right to our own opinions and if such opinions offend other, well just tough sh*t, suck it up you imature gits

  • muk - 2011-08-02 08:15

    The editors of the Sowetan MUST have read the article before it went for publication. I'm afraid that the rainbow nation is shedding some of the colours. I'm afraid to see what the next rainbow will look like; hopefully not balck and white ad then we back to the days of apartheid with black masters.

  • pitbull - 2011-08-02 08:16

    Unfortunately Mr Miyeni is a racist and according to his countries constitution you are not allowed to be racist and spout racist commentary. Oh wait - he is black therefore he cannot be racist. Only white people are racist. STOOOOPID. I don't care what colour you are but if you are stupid, there is nothing to be done to improve your stupidity.