Manyi must face the media - Press Club

2011-03-05 22:55

Johannesburg - Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi must break his silence after his remarks that there is an oversupply of coloureds in the Western Cape, the National Press Club said on Saturday.

"A good communicator is someone who does not keep quiet or who avoids questions," said chairperson Yusuf Abramjee.

"The right thing for Manyi to do is to face the media and say what he wants to say. This matter continues to dominate the news and his silence is not a good reflection on himself nor on government."

Manyi, then the director-general of labour, said in a show broadcast on kykNet's Robinson Regstreeks in March 2010 that there was an "over supply" of coloureds in the Western Cape.

The comments caused a public outcry culminating in the publishing of an open letter to him from National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel, who called Manyi a "worst-order racist".

Manyi has consistently refused to comment on Manuel's letter.

Abramjee said he invited Manyi to address the media on Saturday but Manyi declined, stating he had previous engagements.

The club asked if he was available on Sunday or Monday but received no response.

The club's invitation is still open "but he is free to use any platform as long as faces the media and speaks up".

  • Grant - 2011-03-05 23:18

    His silence is confirming that the situation is being produced and directed by the ANC,Manuel et al to destabilize the coloured vote in the Western Cape in order to defeat the DA in the upcoming elections. This whole fiasco is reading more and more like a Fredrick Forsythe novel. The ANC can't afford for the Western Cape to continue showing the other provinces up in a bad light. At some point the great unwashed are going to start taking notice.

      GrimReaper10 - 2011-03-05 23:39

      No, sorry I don't think they are that smart. Racist yes. Trying to get WC back, yes. But not the Manual destabilize part. Thats too complicated. ANC is full of prima donas. Make a lot of noise, that no one with a sane mind can understand.

      Redwine - 2011-03-06 07:10

      Jimmy is a "box" and speak the same crap all others speak most of the time. Sure this was discussed but doubt the Manual angle is spin induced. However it is fact that we have to many xhosas here Purge the townships and the Kaap will be Hollands.

  • G0ldf!nger - 2011-03-06 01:07

    A silent Government Spokesperson? That should be sufficient grounds for dismissal. This man gets paid to speak, and suddenly he has nothing to say? Personally I think the ANC now they have lost the plot, re-affirmed by their Government Spokespersons comments, and they have with it lost the Western Cape. The coloured vote is now almost certainly going to the DA. If the DA can find the Holy Grail of convincing voters that they are a viable alternative, and that the success of the Western Cape can be replicated nationwide, I think the ANC may have a serious battle on their hands.

      Ozymandios - 2011-03-06 08:29

      @ Cheekysod. I'd prefer "Selective Segregation". I really would like to choose whom it is I want to live with and associate with and under what culture I would like to live under. Right now this country is getting closer to what Germany was like in 1938 before the Gestapo arrived fully on the scene. And Cele and his mob are not far off that lot either.

  • nagappen - 2011-03-06 01:11

    I agree Manyi must face the media and explain his comments. It is so sad that skills, experience and qualification does not matter only race. Unisa are currently not accepting applications for postgraduate studies from Indians, Coloureds and Whites. Being told to register in 2014. Medical college are declining students who have over 7 disictions for african students that have one. And the ANC wants to scrap grammar while their children are getting private education and are studying abroad. Please guys so that we can teach these fools a lesson. Vote any other party but ANC. And Manuel I think is selling his own people down the toilet, same with Shaiks and Guptas and other Indians that are linning their own pockets at the expense of their own. The tide will turn when the ANC will no longer need these traitors by then this country will probably be worse than Zim.

  • tlhox - 2011-03-06 01:21

    Watch the entire episode on Kyknet. What other explanation do they seek? This is a shameless witch-hunt. I'm glad Manyi isn't playing this game with the media and opposition parties.

  • Bonzo - 2011-03-06 01:52

    @Tlhox - you just don't get it. Manyi's comments were made a year ago. The reason they were dredged up is that the ANC has tabled revisions to labour law, now, drafted by him, on these precise issues. And these are dire current issues. The proposed revisions are against all anti-racist principles in the book and it doesn't matter how, but they must be exposed and overturned. Manyi has a lot to answer for and he is an arrogant shit.

  • nagappen - 2011-03-06 02:15

    @Tlhox, this is not a witch hunt. When someone make such racist comments especially someone in senior government positions they must be held accountable. Now I know accountability is foreign to the majority. If your comment implies that Manyi has apologised and he should be forgiven. Firstly he did not apologise, secondly if he is truly sorry then the proposed new legislation should be scrapped and confirmation of this should be given to us the South African public. Ultimately our leaders are accountable to us they are where they are because we put them there. I have ferverently supported the ANC for such a long time but sadly the values and principles of our struggle have been lost because of greed, corruption and militant thinking. We do not want a repeat of apartheid and we are speedily heading in that direction. For the sake of our future and our childrens future we need stand up and hold our leaders accountable. In this case we need to do it at the poles. We need to send a resounding message that we want a society free of corruption, racism and poverty. Do not be blind think not only of today but of tommorrow as well.

      CheekySod - 2011-03-06 07:27

      I agree with most of what you said. Just " We do not want a repeat of apartheid and we are speedily heading in that direction." needs to be clarified. Apartheid can an never will come back. It has been replaced with a new evil. Lets name it " Justifiable Racism "

  • HomeGrown - 2011-03-06 02:31

    Jimmy's refusal to face the media on such a fundamental issue serve as further prove as to his character, or lack thereof. Thus, his lack of character serve as a reflection that he is grossly unfit to public office, let alone be in a leadership position. Therefore, the only honourable thing left for this racist is to resign. Any other public servant, who even contemplate defending this racist, question Manuel on this occassion or even remain silent about something so serious as racism should ask himself/herself: Am I fit to serve the multicultural but unified public of South Africa?

  • Tc - 2011-03-06 06:11

    We have known all along that Manyi is a damn racist. What is actually worse is that his racism qualifies him for an importnat ANC-cabinet position!

  • stonebamboogarden - 2011-03-06 06:24

    the westenr cape is the ttional homeland of the cape colords. respect that. their ancestors were there thousands of years before the blacks moved down from central africa around the same time as the whites arrived in cape town . respect their choice to live in the cape . they were there first.

      Perfume - 2011-03-06 11:21

      The ANC are trying every tactic to get their filthy paws on the WC...Manyi has just helped them lose!!!!!

  • stonebamboogarden - 2011-03-06 06:28

    i think he was practical and not racist. racist is when you condemnt people as being inferior. he wa sactuallly complimenting the colors by implying thiat their valued skills are needed in other parts of the country. their educational levela as we know it as a group is higherr than that of the blacks as a group. now i am not impluying that al blacks are uneducated many have a good education. but in all colords are better educated as a percentage of the sa population than the blacks.fact.

      Slapper - 2011-03-06 08:07

      You really believe this? You don't believe they want do neutralize the Coloured vote? They have been bussing Blacks in by the thousands to the WC, but it did not work. In the same way that the Nazi's moved "Undesirables, Manyi is a Racist would be Gobles, except he lacks the brain power.

  • stonebamboogarden - 2011-03-06 06:30

    the only problem with moving colords to other parts of the country is that it will weaken the strenght of the DA in the westenr cape. because it is the colords as a major part supporting it. that the ance would love to see. a weak DA in every part of the country because of the members being dispersed in a sea of black voters.

      Antianc - 2011-03-06 06:43

      My thinking to.

  • boetiea - 2011-03-06 06:53

    I wish someone would give us the date of Trevor's open letter, because, if it is dated Jan-Feb 2011,then we know fer certain that the open letter was ment to scramble the Coloured vote.

      Perfume - 2011-03-06 11:25

      I think the whole hoo-haa about Manyi's original statement on the oversupply of Coloureds in SA, caused the media to print Mr Manuel's letter, we dont know for certain if this letter was written now, or written a year ago. Why was it suddenly printed now, when Manyi first made this ridiculous statement why was it not challenged then, why suddenly is everybody making such a huge noise, 2 months before voting. I smell a dead rat here. The Coloureds need to wake up and at the polling stations let their voices be heard!!!!!

  • Madelane - 2011-03-06 07:46

    "This matter continues to dominate the news and his silence is not a good reflection on himself nor on government." Actually this ANC led government is NOT a good reflection on itself as all it shows is racism, corruption, dishonesty, lack of any ethics at all, incompetence and mismanagement on every level......

  • Slapper - 2011-03-06 08:03

    Manyi is a Clown. I dont believe there is a conspiracy to get WC back. He is simply a fool. His masters have a problem which they are also too stupid to realize. Manuel is just defending his coloured brothers. I can see them punishing Manuel for speaking out, but Manyi will just do the usual and hope the whole thing will go away. Problem for ANC is, the Coloured people are not stupid.

      OuWitBooi - 2011-03-06 08:49

      I believe there is an element of conspiracy in there, but even if there is not the whole thing is perfectly in line with the govt's policy and attitude towards the coloureds. Manyi articulated it well when he implied the WC coloureds were simply a resource to be moved where they served the govt's needs best. They regard the coloureds as a "non-race", and if you are as racist as the govt is then someone of "non-race" is automatically inferior. The moment Zuma took power he demoted Manuel, the most powerful and internationally respected coloured in govt. He was replaced with an Indian. I have nothing against the Indians, but the way Zuma did this, and the way he has cosied up to the Shaiks and Guptas you can see how he regards the coloureds in relation to the Indians. Using Manuel to now try to win back the coloured vote is just another example of the govt regarding even such a senior man as Manuel as an expendable resource.

      Perfume - 2011-03-06 11:29

      @OuWitBooi...The moment Zuma took power he demoted Manuel, the most powerful and internationally respected coloured in govt....excellent observation, you the first to have pointed this out. The ANC think they are intelligent, watch what happens come voting day, they will look for holes to bury themselves in, cause that will be the day the Coloureds voices will be the loudest. Fear has gripped the ANC like never before, dont interfere with the Coloureds and expect us to take things lying down!!!!

  • GetitRight - 2011-03-06 09:33

    JIMMY WILL GO....the wheels turn slowly but they grind exceedingly small. LET HIM CONTINUE TO LAUGH HEARTILY....THIS IS NOT A JOKE....AS HE SEEMS TO THINK.

  • matthew.healing - 2011-03-06 09:52

    a collection of Manyi's greatest hits. A man obsessed with race? You decide. February 1999: "There is still a lot of racism here. Whites want change, not transformation. They want to give out the crumbs. Without the affirmative-action bill to force progress, nothing would happen." May 2007: "White people believe that their genes are better and have the feeling that black people are inherently incompetent and mediocre." September 2007: "It is alleged that some black economic empowerment partners and some non-executive directors have become 'house niggers' who are ever ready to defend the malpractices of their (white) partners, all in the name of 'good business sense'." September 2007: "Being black is not good enough. There is a serious problem with white gatekeepers at companies who do not see the merit in blacks. People only see merit in people who look like them." September 2008: "The BMF has a problem with black people who forget that they are black. Some people call them coconuts." September 2008: "Only white women seem to be benefitting disproportionately in term of this legislation and black women are really lagging behind." August 2009: On Caster Semenya, "Because she's black all kinds of things are coming out now. Why can't society accept black competence?" August 2009: Manyi accused "white" companies of "inflating their requirements" to pretend that black skills don't exist. "They get very particular about the qualifications they need. They define the skills requirement so specifically that it cuts a lot of people out."

      Zakhele - 2011-03-06 13:28

      Good to be you Matthew because you don't have the past. Everything you have said in the past cannot be used against you. There is nothing wrong with all the statements above. I have heard them many times where Jimmy was not present. I have heard them in boardrooms pronounced by white people when they address Employment Equity and AA in South Africa. Instead I say let us try build a non racial society by not pretending that black people are at the bottom of the pack. Otherwise you will have many Malemas and ANCYL. I repeat there is absolutley nothing wrong with the statements above, espacially for the black majority who experience the racism first hand in the workplace.

  • Perfume - 2011-03-06 11:16

    Not this the polling stations that is where the Coloureds will be speaking the loudest. Manyi shot himself in the foot, the WC will never belong to the ANC and that is a fact.

      Mahasana - 2011-03-06 13:16

      Most people in the WC will not believe the outcome of these coming elections.I hate to say that the results will be divided amongst raceial groupings.In the City of Capetown ANC will win based on the majority on the majority of Xhosas in the Khayelitsha,Gugulethu,Langa,Delft,Danoon,Kraaifontein,Nomzamo,Lwandle,and other squater camps I haven't mentioned.All the COPE members from the above mentioned areas have returned home.Yes,DA may win the Cape Winelands with the exception of ANC run Drakenstein Municipality.

  • smoochie - 2011-03-06 21:35

    so good

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