Media writing nonsense: Duarte

2013-05-01 21:15

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Nelspruit - ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte accused the media of "writing nonsense" and being corrupt at a Workers Day rally near Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, on Wednesday.

A Sapa correspondent reported that Duarte said journalists were regarded as the opposition within the ANC.

"We know there are problems within our alliance partners, but let us not run to this corrupt media," she said.

"I want to say to these young journalists: You are too young, you don't know where we are coming from.You have become part and parcel of the enemy, because you come to our meetings, and then go out and write nonsense."

She said the ANC supported better salaries and treatment for workers, but criticised government officials who practised nepotism.

"Most of the municipalities are in trouble now because we use money for service delivery to employ unemployed comrades [or] buying patronage. You can't buy patronage. We understand there's unemployment but let us not do that."

On the sidelines, Duarte told reporters that although media freedom was a cornerstone of democracy, journalists failed to take notes and wrote stories based on opinion.

"Opinions need to be set aside from facts. We have journalists who sit and don't write notes and go out and write a story based on opinions, which is wrong," she said.

She also accused journalists of paying people for information.

"I doubt if the protection of state information bill will work or stop this," said Duarte.

Deputy secretary-general of the Congress of SA Trade Unions Bheki Ntshalintshali said the trade union supported the ANC and was ready and willing to help the party win a two-third majority next year.

"If you are member of Cosatu you are lucky, you are allowed to join the ANC, and you are soldiers. Let's go out and work with the ANC. Recruit members," he said.

"We want the ANC to win with a more than two-third majority next year. Let's make sure these first time voters, whom we call born-free and who speak English, don't vote for the ones who speak English like them," said Ntshalintshali.

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