Manyi: Why is media so hostile to govt?

2011-06-21 09:54

Cape Town - Government communications’ chief Jimmy Manyi on Tuesday caused another stir after an interview on Radio 702 in which he complained that the media is “hostile towards government”.

“Why is media so hostile towards government? Especially print media,” Manyi asked presenter John Robbie.

This follows a meeting last week between the SA National Editors’ Forum and Manyi to discuss government plans to pay media groups for advertising. According to City Press editor, Ferial Haffajee, the government spokesperson called the meeting “robust” while Sanef said it was “rude”.

Manyi on Tuesday said he is shocked by the lack of honour shown in the debate around the state's relationship with the media.

Manyi said media houses are showing cartel-like tendencies and creating their own “fiction” around state plans for advertising.

 “Jimmy [Manyi] failed to mention that, that particular meeting last Wednesday evening at OR Tambo deadlocked. There was a unanimous decision among the editors that the meeting deadlocked,” EWN quoted Sanef member and Primedia Broadcasting Group Head of News and Programming Yusuf Abramjee as saying.

But Manyi said Abramjee and others are not respecting government.

“This is a lack of honour. We go into a meeting and we agree on a particular way forward and we agree on a statement and then he comes back and does this, this is a lack of honour,” said Manyi.

Manyi's comments have been met with outrage on twitter, with senior journalists and editors harshly criticising him.

  • daaivark - 2011-06-21 10:03

    Because the government has become so hostile toward the people. Simple.

      abrham - 2011-06-21 10:05

      kierangkies braai

      Thembisile - 2011-06-21 10:34

      Jimmy comes across as someone who is arrogant, he has forgotten that he is the servant of the people.

      alicia - 2011-06-22 09:20

      Because they are on our side. We all want to know the truth, the full truth and nothing but the truth. I am sick and tired being lied to. In my face, knowing full well how much manure is being thrown at me. Everything is swept under the carpet. Who does this Government think they are, this Law unto themselves. We are all supposed to be law abiding citizens. Especially those who supposedly Govern us. They need to be Governed.

      Gemini101 - 2011-06-22 09:24

      Mr Manyi, Please show us some kind of substantial evidence that anything printed out in the media is not in fact true? The bad guy always cries victim. Its a form of self defense, and in this instance the ANC is the bad guy.

      supporter - 2011-06-22 16:46

      at least the media is not scared of this racist, malema lover government. government wants to hide things

      Meanleader - 2011-06-23 10:23

      Sounds like Jimmy Monkyi is delusional ..trying to create a false aura around the media in order to gag them from reporting on corruption . He has made a fool of himself ...again .

  • Cupra - 2011-06-21 10:03

    Government deserves no honour, are you mad??!!!! Stop stealing, stop your corruption, stop lying, start serving the people and not just yourself!!! You say we must trust government, I have NO TRUST IN ANY OF YOU!!!

      PunkBuster - 2011-06-22 11:10

      (But Manyi said Abramjee and others are not respecting government) Shame Manyi, did no one ever inform you that respect is earned?? Perhaps another 17 years in rule would help you guys to get the basics right....

      DW - 2011-06-22 15:00

      "he is shocked by the lack of honour shown in the debate around the state's relationship with the media" - and we are shocked at the lack of honour shown by the ANC government officials all round - a bunch of corrupt, thieving bastards. How can they expect us to treat anything which relates to them with any kind of honour?

  • s r - 2011-06-21 10:04

    I heard this idiot this morning but was most impressed with how he tried to duck John Robbie's questions on furthering his own private business interest with the Norwegian Embassy and why the Govt investigated this but swept it under the carpet, as well as why he didn't personally apologise to the Coloured nation for his recent outburst against them. It was obvious to me that he was DEFINITELY GUILTY in the Norwegian saga.

      TheUgly - 2011-06-21 10:30

      @nduk'zempi - Don't piss on me and tell me it's raining. There are many distinct races in South Africa each with their respective cultures and mannerisms. Which is why we don't really get along. Everybody is different and different isn't good.

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-21 10:31

      @nduk'zempi what do mean?

      Together - 2011-06-21 11:40

      nduk'zempi - I trust you've never travelled overseas or spent any time in South America or the Caribbean? How is it possible to know so little of the world and still make such arrogant statements? Actually, we all stem from a common ancestor and we're all Homo Sapiens. It's important to rid yourself of racism because it really is a terrible infection. I grew up watching it rot the Nat's brains, and now it's rotting the brains of another generation.

      Rapier - 2011-06-21 11:44

      I listened to that interview as well on 702 Radio. He was ducking and diving from the main isssues, AND the questions - he came across as a slippery, slimey serpent, not worthy of the title of a Government media "speak-person" (he is just a SPOKE ;-) - let alone as one for this excuse for a government. He implied as well, that John Robbie had "set him up" and he had been "ambushed" when the Head of 702 & Chairman of the National Press Club Jusuf Abramjee called in. The simple fact is that he should go back to being what he was trained for: Economic Geology - at least ROCKS don't talk back. What is more, he does not appreciate that there is UNITY AND STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY - we should take PRIDE in the wide variety of cultures we have here - not compartamentlise us like the NATS did. This ANC, under the WEAK leadership of Zuma has lost the plot!

      the kid! - 2011-06-21 16:10

      @RAPIER The fact that he is slippery slimy serpent, Makes him ideal for the title of a government spokesperson. Do you think the government will give that title to someone that is honest and has integrity? Can you imagine the trouble they will be in, if their spokesperson told the world the truth??

  • SOMEONE123 - 2011-06-21 10:05

    Dear Mr Manyi, those millions that you and the government splash around, comes from a few selected sods like me - not the masses that can’t be bothered with what you and your team does with it! If we no reason to doubt your "honest dealings", most of us would not scream, shout or scrutinize everything you do, however with crappy your track record, rather give the paying members to your fund, credit and don’t try and treat us like mushrooms – we not all uneducated! I listened to you on the radio, amazing you dodge most questions! Once a skelm, always a skelm!

  • LagUTroll - 2011-06-21 10:05

    Simple fact: "Bad" news sells better than good news. The newspapers will go out of their way to get the latest scoop on the Government in order to sell. How you combat this is simple: Stop doing "bad" things and the papers won't have anything to report. The ANC know this, but instead of pro-actively stamping out the issues that paint them in a bad light, they are trying to hide behind the new info bill.

  • Snys - 2011-06-21 10:06

    You're not suppose to be respected! You all were elected as servants of the nation! Just do what you are getting paid for...SERVICE DELIVERY!

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-21 10:11

      exactly. public servants are there to serve the public by definition. It is a mentality that we have to get across to everyone.

      the kid! - 2011-06-21 16:12

      He serves the government, that does not mean he has the nations best interest at heart!

      Larissa - 2011-06-22 09:50

      We don't have the government they are a bunch of immature thieves, he is there to serve himself...

  • Kevin King - 2011-06-21 10:08

    @ News24: You left out my favourite part! Jimmy (the plank) justifying why he didn't apologise to coloureds for racist remarks because that is how his culture is and we must respect his culture! Other black people please tell me if this is true? Made me laugh! Mampara, Clown, Joke of the Day!

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-21 10:10

      he is racist. plain and simple.

      liesl - 2011-06-21 10:12

      Really? His culture not to apologise? Interesting - looking forward to the explanation of this.

      Kevin King - 2011-06-21 10:24

      @ liesl: It went something along the lines of: If you do something wrong and you go into the village to apologise you will be in trouble, sometimes even killed. What a clown!

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-21 10:33

      @Vicker. that is quite childish dont you think... you are just as bad a Manyi if you have that mentality. or are you just trying to make a point?

      IandI - 2011-06-21 10:57

      I wonder if it is also his culture to be rude all the time to everyone and discuss personal business with foreign ambassadors, hmm??

      BRONZE - 2011-06-21 11:05

      There is no such thing in our culture. We are taught to apologise very early in life and to always show respect. This crap that Manyi is saying must be a habit he practices in his own home, if so he must stop saying it applies to our culture across all ethnicities. In fact if he came across an elderly Black man he would get a good hiding for all the disrespecful things he's been saying lately, then be walked all the way to Cape Town while being whipped to make an apology. Now you've just reminded me of my mom :)

      Unskinny Bob - 2011-06-21 11:49

      Cultcha, cultcha, cultcha!!! It is my African Cultcha!

  • Niel Meiring - 2011-06-21 10:08

    if the government did something good, the media would report on it. If they dont, the media will report on it. that is what the media is supposed to do. Manyi reminds me of George Charamba. I dont know why, but it is just something.

      Blougroen - 2011-06-21 11:21

      Or because they cause the press so much work - every second official is a clearcut case for investigative journalism . . . .

      Cire - 2011-06-22 18:22

      Actually Manyi reminds me of Goebbels!

  • Markal - 2011-06-21 10:10

    Because government cannot govern.

  • PB - 2011-06-21 10:11

    Manyi, you are a brainless, snivelling idiot. “Why is media so hostile towards government? - because you act like a 10 year old brat and expect everyone to just accept your hairbrained scemes to waste taxpayers' money. You and Gwede and Juliaas seems to be sharing a single braincell. Stop throwing tantrums and actually listen to the rest of the world's opinions - you are not realistic (most of the time) and just because you want your way, does not mean the rest of us feel the same way.

      DW - 2011-06-22 15:14

      ""Themba Maseko’s efficiency as well as his affable and humble nature saw him cement relations with the media fraternity, thereby greatly improving relations between the media and government in the process. He instilled confidence in government communications and has set a good track record," Mr Zuma said" - not sure if I agree with Zuma's assessment of Themba Maseko when he left the post, but in a few short months Manyi has completely turned any good relationships with the press on its head and we are now faced with this sort of comment. Can they ANC not see that his appointment was a huge mistake? Or is this what they intended, so that they can have ammunition to push through their info bill?

  • arthur.amgen - 2011-06-21 10:11

    Ah. let me see. Yeah mad hatter you are spot on. Gov only wants propaganda feel good, every thing is beautiful stories about there incompetence and corruption and lack of accountability. What about there racist apartheid policies as well.

  • Wow! - 2011-06-21 10:12

    Honour the governent. You aern honour and respect - it is not just given. Look at yourselves and figure it out.

  • York Hunt - 2011-06-21 10:12

    Because, Mr Manyi, you and your cronies are corrupt, greedy and inefficient. So yes, you will get criticised for that now and again and from time to time. Sincerest apologies.

  • Badger - 2011-06-21 10:12

    Geewiss Mr Myani you do not need to have a masters degree to figure that one out. Are you realy that dumb?

      umlaut - 2011-06-21 11:16

      Its their childish way to intimidate the other lessor thinking anc members, so that they will vote this secrets bill in. They are desparate -they have a hell of a lot to hide.

      King Solomon - 2011-06-21 11:30


  • Brandon96end - 2011-06-21 10:14

    'Cause you keep ****** up and wasting our money. dickhead.

  • Ldn_saffa - 2011-06-21 10:15

    As long as the government choose aggressive tactics to suppress the media from reporting the TRUTH?!! THEN LET THE HOSTILITIES CONTINUE!!!

  • Bratboy - 2011-06-21 10:16

    Because they can!

  • biskit - 2011-06-21 10:16

    Hey Don't shoot the messenger!!

      daaivark - 2011-06-21 13:22

      I disagree. When the messenger so clearly operates on his own agenda, he should be removed.

      biskit - 2011-06-21 13:54

      @ Daaivark...I don't suppose english is your 1st language anyway have a lekker day Mate

  • Khoisan X - 2011-06-21 10:16

    Jimmy, you are a disgrace to everything African. I listened to your story about African culture and how in terms of this you could not tender a direct apology for the "coloureds" gaff. It's cowards like you that devalue what my culture represents and stands for and I dislike you for it. Your lack of depth drives your insatiable drive to be combative on any and all issues. Shame on you Jimmy...shame of you

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-21 10:18

      thank you Khoisan X. shame on him indeed.

      Unskinny Bob - 2011-06-21 12:04

      Big up.

      Kenno - 2011-06-21 12:12

      Can someone explain to me why our joke of a president does nothing about his morons ( Manyi, Malema etc) but jets off around the world to solve their problems (Libya etc)

      Cire - 2011-06-22 18:21

      Khoisan X - you the man!

  • willieman - 2011-06-21 10:16

    When it comes to issues of culture he must speak for himself,we do not belong to the same culture.How can we trust the goverment when it wants to come up with silly laws.

  • Matt - 2011-06-21 10:16

    Maybe if the ANC wasn't so corrupt, racist and useless, they'd get a better deal from the media. Just a thought Jimmy...

  • Mike - 2011-06-21 10:17

    Honour is earned Jimmy. And when someone who has honour and the respect of the people holds you up to be a racial bigot then I'm afraid you have a steep hill to climb. Try this neat little honour tip out. Make an informed decision that is for the greater good of the country, then wait for it, actually do what you say you are going to do. Then to put the icing on the cake don't go and directly contradict yourself to another audience because it so happens to suit what that audience wants to hear. The result..... honour and respect. Governments don't advertise Jimmy, governments govern. They get free advertising from the media, whether that is good or bad press is completely up to the government in question. Jimmy, please tell me that you see the irony in running the information bill and advertising campaign in tandem?

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-21 10:21

      Quote of the day: "Governments don't advertise Jimmy, governments govern. They get free advertising from the media, whether that is good or bad press is completely up to the government in question."

  • Vicker - 2011-06-21 10:20

    Fear the goverment that fears the people...

  • Mike - 2011-06-21 10:21

    Honour is earned Jimmy. And when someone who has honour and the respect of the people holds you up to be a racial bigot then I'm afraid you have a steep hill to climb. Try this neat little honour tip out. Make an informed decision that is for the greater good of the country, then wait for it, actually do what you say you are going to do. Then to put the icing on the cake don't go and directly contradict yourself to another audience because it so happens to suit what that audience wants to hear. The result..... honour and respect. Governments don't advertise Jimmy, governments govern. They get free advertising from the media, whether that is good or bad press is completely up to the government in question. Jimmy, please tell me that you see the irony in running the information bill and advertising campaign in tandem?

  • WoodworkPh.D - 2011-06-21 10:21

    The hostility is because service delivery is bad, we are tolled and taxed to death and the middle class becomes poor and the poor becomes poorer. The government lost focus on governance and became obsessed with party politics as can be seen in the appointment of village idiot and racist Manyi .

  • Born To Fish - 2011-06-21 10:22

    You are paid to do a job!!!! You are not doing at and then the Media is hostile? WTF????

  • MacTheBoer - 2011-06-21 10:23

    Why is Jimmy Manyi hostile towards all Non-Africans?

      Khoisan X - 2011-06-21 20:17

      He is hostile to everyone...I'm Black African and I've had it with his senseless hostility. It's as if life has robbed him of something.

  • adln - 2011-06-21 10:24

    Has the government done anything to earn the trust of the sa citizens??? I thought so,NOTHING! If manyi wants hounor then he must spring-clean his house

  • TheUgly - 2011-06-21 10:25

    Cause and effect.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-21 10:25

    Why are you so HOSTILE towards Indians & Coloureds ?!!!

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-21 10:29

      because he is racist. plain and simple.

  • david - 2011-06-21 10:28

    Respect is earned. Manyi deserves neither respect nor honour, ditto for the rest of his comrades.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-21 10:28

    LOL..."Lack of Honour"...hahahaha..."not respecting GOvt." Respect, Mr Manyi, is earned !!!

  • MacTheBoer - 2011-06-21 10:29

    He should stick to leading the BMF and leave the rest for someone else. That way he won't have to complain so much!

  • Just Someone - 2011-06-21 10:29

    Easy. Reason 1. ANC is racist 2. ANC associates themselves with ANCYL 3. Everyone knows Malema is saying what the ANC can't say 4.ANCYL has very close ties to ZANU-PF and Mugabe, so does the ANC. So, if you have a government out there that is out to destroy democracy and that sides with the likes of Mugabe (which destroyed his own country) what do you expect. Also, I think we have the only government in the world making the worst decisions on nearly a daily basis, thus the news just tells it like it is. Time for the ANC to become truly democratic, look after all their people, not just black people, and trust me, they will win the elections with 90% at least (and the news will mostly have good things to say about them).

  • juan.coetzee - 2011-06-21 10:30

    Perhaps it is because the government is riddled with thieving , parasitic, cronies (like yourself), intent on trying to silence the media, to cover up your own crimes?

  • KomboKitten - 2011-06-21 10:30

    wow the title shows you how thick and disconnected these people are from reality. GET EDUCATED YOU FOOLS.

  • dotty_01 - 2011-06-21 10:30

    government relies on the stupidity of the masses to be in power. the media and the educated are not stupid and are hell bent on exposing the douchebags that run this joint. this is not hostility - it is objective journalism and exercising our right to demand accountability and transparency.

  • C Tydeman - 2011-06-21 10:31

    "But Manyi said Abramjee and others are not respecting government." Respect??? Why should anyone "respect" this government? Horrific levels of corruption and plain theft whilst the guilty parties stay in office on full pay or at worst, suspended on full pay - at best, promoted at a higher salary. Respect? Why? No, no respect is earned here at all. A child could work that out - it isn't rocket science.

  • Kale - 2011-06-21 10:31

    Manyi there's a work you and your ANC comunis... comrades should learn. It's called: Honesty Here is the dictionary description, learn it and it's meaning. Then you will see it's not hostile, it's honesty. hon·es·ty [on-uh-stee] Show IPA –noun, plural -ties. 1. the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness. 2. truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness. 3. freedom from deceit or fraud.

  • Ann - 2011-06-21 10:31

    Why Jimmy are you so evasive when it comes to answering direct questions? Perhaps you don't know the answers. Perhaps you are trying to hide information. You most certainly are an enigma. You are also being played by the ANC.

  • john - 2011-06-21 10:32

    It is the media's job, in every democratic nation, to be a watchdog against government abuse and incompetence. If you think our media is hostile towards the ANC, take a look at what the US and UK media were saying about George Bush and Tony Blair. Once again, Africans seem to have no clue about democracy, and think that everything must run according to ancient tribal customs in which the chief is never criticised and is accompanied everywhere by praise singers and slavish adoration from the minions. We're a democracy now, we run to democratic standards. Hostility and resistance go with the territory. Deal with it.

  • WoodworkPh.D - 2011-06-21 10:32

    Toll more roads, that will make us less

  • Barbara - 2011-06-21 10:34

    It is not the media that is hostile it is the government that has become hostile towards the very people who put them there. Perhaps Jimbo you need to stop being arrogant and start reading between the lines.

  • - 2011-06-21 10:35

    This man is delusional. Ignore him for long enough and he will go away. This type of personality usually self-destructs after a while.

  • Sick&tired - 2011-06-21 10:37

    Mr Manyi, because our government is corrupt, they steal and waste millions of our hard earned money every year. Most are worthless and overweight. Rarely do they make a difference in our lives and they try to hide their wrong doings!! get it?

  • Gazza69 - 2011-06-21 10:38

    How can the media not be hostile to a government that is incompetent and lacks transparency??? Corruption rules!! Service delivery on hold indefinitely.

  • CTC - 2011-06-21 10:38

    Evil will prevail when good men do nothing. The media is our last weapon / barrier against these government/ANC despots. Stop the Protection of Information Bil. Go and sign the petition at: We need other 3000 signatures before it can be presented to parliament

  • Koos - 2011-06-21 10:42

    mmm.... maybe because of all the crap that is happening in government ou chiefie!!

  • jds - 2011-06-21 10:43

    This stupid question doesn't even earn an answer!!idiot!

  • Samantha - 2011-06-21 10:43

    Why is media so hostile towards government? WHY??? cos you are all bloody rogues, stop stealing our hard earned money to fill your back pockets and have lavish parties- the media is at least not trying to hide all the underhanded dealings from us, and u don't like it