Sowetan: Sorry, Ferial and all

2011-08-04 09:00

Cape Town - The Sowetan newspaper on Thursday published an apology to City Press editor Ferial Haffajee and “all South Africans” for a controversial column by former columnist Eric Miyeni.  

The piece was written by the paper’s general manager Justice Malala and Mondli Makhanya, the editor in chief of Avusa, which owns the Sowetan, and was titled “Sorry Ferial and all”.

“In his column Miyeni condoned [necklacing],” Makhanya and Malala wrote.

“Sowetan cannot and will not allow itself to be party to the condonation of such acts.
“To do so is to allow our fine and noble newspaper to take the first steps towards what happened in Rwanda in 1994, when media outlets were used to incite people to violence.

Earlier on Thursday, the paper’s  acting editor Len Maseko resigned after just four months on the job.

Makhanya and Malala wrote: “He [Maseko] has done a sterling job in stabilising the newspaper.

“Maseko was not at work on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and did not see the Miyeni column.

“However, Maseko has accepted full responsibility for the publication of the column and has resigned from his position as acting editor of the newspaper.

“We have accepted his resignation.

“We have appointed Mpumelelo Mkhabela, currently editor of the Daily Dispatch, as the new editor of Sowetan with immediate effect.

  • melchiedek - 2011-08-04 09:05

    haffajee still sue them please!

      Felix - 2011-08-04 09:17

      Sue Eric rather, he has access to more funds through his buddy with the dodgey trust fund!

      anton.fester - 2011-08-04 09:22

      You can't be serious. She should sue Miyeni, not the Sowetan. They've stood up, said sorry and accepted resignations. What more can you possibly ask for?

      lollie sue - 2011-08-04 09:40

      @anton.fester, well put

      Chronoman - 2011-08-04 09:45

      Don't sue either. Show them your class.

      Ayoba - 2011-08-04 10:19

      What if she is truly used? To this time she can't prove anything on what they said about Malema.Whats wrong with business people depositing into a trust fund? Business people even deposit into Mandela's trust fund. When is she giving us the financial reports for other politicians including DA? By the way in finance there is no such a thing called secret trust. What are we educating the masses now? Malema should consider suing City Press.

      daaivark - 2011-08-04 10:21

      I agree, Anton.

      Gorilla - 2011-08-04 10:23

      It's a flippen circus.

      slojam - 2011-08-04 10:30

      @Ayoba - Suing City Press would just make things so much easier and clearer to everyone. It will just give City Press the right to seek a subpoena to gain access to all JuJu's financials including his bank account. Do you think he is holding back out of respect or is it to protect his back and hide the truth? Come on JuJu ... Your move!

      Voyager - 2011-08-04 10:33

      @Ayoba - let Malema sue - then it will all come out in court (whatever the truth is) - fact is, he knows he cannot sue because he would be nailed! Let him have his day in court - remember that from another cANCer big-wig?

      Jacques Jones - 2011-08-04 10:36

      10/10 for the sowetan news paper

      PB - 2011-08-04 11:01

      @ayoba USE YOUR BRAINCELLS DUDE - "Whats wrong with business people depositing into a trust fund" Explain this - WHY are they depositing the money????? "When is she giving us the financial reports for other politicians including DA?" WHEN THEY LIVE LIKE THEY HAVE UNEXPLAINED HIGH LIFESTYLES COMPARED TO THEIR INCOMES, DUFFUS. The Nelson Mandela Trust has millions of recipients who are being assisted by donations made into his fund. We are still waiting for any evidence of all these wonderful things Fat Fart has achieved with the "donations" into his trust fund... other than all the top price fashion, jewelry, holidays, cars, etc that Fat Fart is flashing around every day. - 2011-08-04 11:08

      @Ayoba, the difference is Mandela's trust is properly audited and he is not living off ANY funds from this trust! It is completely used for its intended purpose. It has a proper mission statement and board that oversee this as well. What is the mission statement of JM's trust, where is his board and lets see the financials that prove he is not using any of the money received for his own expense! This is actually illegal and why people are upset in the first place. The numbers are NOY AYOBA. When you make R25000 a month but your repayments on your new house are R160000 then questions are going to come, especially when you drive a car that has a R10000 a month repayment too. Only when you are in a position where you have to pay your own way will you see how criminal these activities are! For now, trust the rest of us that are doing this, when we say it is most definitely NOT AYOBA!

      Together - 2011-08-04 11:21

      Ayoba, the issue is not financial statements as much as it is fiancial misconduct. If anyone tells the media that Zille is walking around with R78,000 in a bag, they will be there in a second. If anyone tells them that de Lille has a trust fund that may be clearing bribes for tenders, they'll be there even faster. Find the dirt on everyone else and the media have a duty to cover it.

      GT - 2011-08-04 11:34

      You have to wonder if the people screaming about the WHITE BOSSES actually know anything. AVUSA is 25% owned by Mvela - TOKYO SEXWALE Look at the board: I you want to play games, at least get your facts straight. It is annoying as hell to see stupid people get air time.

      changeisGood - 2011-08-04 11:44

      sorry my A$$, talk about shooting someone for speaking their mind....tsek man.

      Felix - 2011-08-04 12:08

      Hey Dubula, F O with your racist tendancies you bladdy agent!

      Komasa - 2011-08-04 12:48

      Maseko is the scapegoat and the question still remaining is why the article was published if it was deemed to be offensive. If Maseko was not in office at the time someone takes his place, no one is indispensable so there is equal blame. Insatnt replacement????

      tryanything - 2011-08-04 13:24

      No Dont sue .Cant have Eric Rocking up to court With 10 bodyguards And malema with his Nandos.... Rather do some more exposes Plenty of work for Ferry in that area.....

      tryanything - 2011-08-04 13:27

      Malema put ANCYL on the map...agreed... Ferry will put ANCYL on the carpet. Who will sweep it all under the carpet?

      Democrat2011 - 2011-08-04 18:56

      While she is suing JM or the Sowetan, the Hawks should be on her trail. How can she hide the identity of the businessmen that are depositing illegal money into JM's trust fund? This is the problem about journalists in SA. They play prosecutor and judge. It is a crime to bribe someone to commit a crime. Yet Haffajee has decided that instead of making sure that the initiator of the crime (the businessman) is arrested, no she will gain more mileage for her useless paper by trying to get JM arrested instead. It stinks! Ferial come out with the name of the briner, then we will know you are arguing this on a matter of principle to make sure crime does not pay! If not, then you will be proving what Eric was saying that you are being used by capitalists. Let us see you sue Eric, so we can see you release the name of the businessman. A lot of people realise now why there should be a MAT to preside against these unprincipled journalists like Ferial

  • Mdavu-zn - 2011-08-04 09:08

    "Peace on earth as it is in Heaven" Amen.

      Risen Ape - 2011-08-04 09:18

      There's no thing such thing as heaven.

      Concerned - 2011-08-04 09:40

      Risen Ape, at least some of us have brains

      Van-Der-Moodley - 2011-08-04 09:47

      @ Risen Ape ''There is no thing such as heaven'' You might have a valid point there bra. Heaven and Hell is a phsycological fear of the unkown. Who has been there to tell me, other than wishful thinkers. I for one think...religion was a way of spreading the world before technology took over.

      Felix - 2011-08-04 09:55

      So where do Sweets From Heaven actually get their sweets from then?

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-08-04 09:59

      This gives two possibilities: 1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose. 2. Of course, if Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over. So which is it? If we accept the postulate given to me by Ms. Teresa Banyan during my Freshman year, "...that it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you", and take into account the fact that I still have not succeeded in having sexual relations with her, then, #2 cannot be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and will not freeze." This student received the only "A" given. ~Since according to the religions of the world, we are all winding up in hell ..... I'll see you there!

      Unskinny Bob - 2011-08-04 10:09

      Faith has very little or nothing to do with brains.

      daaivark - 2011-08-04 10:22

      And pretty little peace on earth too.

      Epicurius - 2011-08-04 10:26

      @ Unskinny Bob - Yes, even some of the most brainy individuals suffer from the affliction known as religious faith. Fortunately, this is the exception, rather than the rule.

      RL - 2011-08-04 11:01

      @felix bakakakakkaaaa

      Mdavu-zn - 2011-08-04 11:22

      Kunta-Kinte you just leave without words really.

      tryanything - 2011-08-04 13:18

      Risenape Are you saying that Zuma is Wrong about Heaven as Well? Must exist Zumasaid so..

      Komasa - 2011-08-04 14:58

      Guy's racism and religion go together, if you don't believe in one or the other, don't use them in the same context of your comment.

  • saliem - 2011-08-04 09:10

    @melchiedek - so a front page apology isn't enough then? C'mon bro let it rest now... end of story!

      Umfubi - 2011-08-04 09:19

      Even though the reporter in question has reiterated and confirmed that he believes what he said? I don't think so.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-08-04 09:27

      Then rather still sue the columnist, not the paper.

      melchiedek - 2011-08-04 09:44

      @saliem i wish you could have listened to the interview at metro fm on tuesday.Eric did not reflect any feeling of remorse and unfortunately at the end of the day corruption is corruption it has no colour.his argument was a character assasination of haffajee personally,and yet he claim to be against corruption.

      lenand40 - 2011-08-04 10:00

      @Umfubi: He is not a reporter. He is a columnist. A reporter generally studies to be a reporter, while anyone can be a columnist

      MyPal_Al - 2011-08-04 11:43

      I agree with Anton and Felix, Haffajee should be suing Miyeni, he has neither shown remorse or apologized for the column. In fact he has come out and said he stands by it and thus he meant every word of it. To me the paper has done almost everything possible for now, the Acting Editor resigned even though he himself did not directly approve the column (A lesson our government can really learn from, as he showed true accountability. I believe another newspaper must quickly employ this man he stands by the right moral principles), the columnist was fired and they printed a letter of apology to Haffajee and all South African’s including Sowetan readers. Only one more thing I think that they can do is fire the Acting Editor who approved the column in the time while Len Maseko was away.

      DW - 2011-08-04 13:52

      My guess is that, because of Miyeni's record of well written books and columns, they printed his column without actually reading it. The deadlines on newspapers are extremely tight and they were reading the "other stuff" before publishing. If Maseko was not there, who was standing in as acting editor whilst he was on leave? THAT is the person who should resign, not Maseko. But I guess they wont be telling us who is REALLY responsible, will they. They now have a fall guy.

      tryanything - 2011-08-04 16:43

      He is being honest He just needs reprograming..

  • Heronakamura - 2011-08-04 09:11

    Zapiro insults the President everyday and the editors of those media houses never have to apologize. Whats going on here? I thought his cartoon showing the President about to rape lady justice was vulgar and derogation to say the least, and no one was fired or had to apologize....Please help understand this!

      saliem - 2011-08-04 09:24

      @Heronakamura Zapiro does SATIRE ("The use of humor, irony, exaggeration... to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues"). Miyeni on the other hand wrote a blunt, clumsy and personal (insulting) piece that has the potential to incite violence. There is a HUGE difference between satire and open prejudice bro... but then you are probably incapable of making a distinction between the two!

      Heronakamura - 2011-08-04 09:27

      @Saliem - if Zapiro draws cartoons showing Malema being necklaced and or being lynched will be ok right?

      Heronakamura - 2011-08-04 09:33

      @Umfubu - I do agree that public people should be subject to scrutiny, its the manner of which I'm against!

      saliem - 2011-08-04 09:39

      @Heronakamura - Zapiro has never and would never do such a thing. You clearly miss the point bro. Get a dictionary and look up "THREAT" and then "SATIRE"... if you still can't see the difference, then pick a number and join the FARQ

      Heronakamura - 2011-08-04 09:49

      @saliem - stop calling me Bro; as it stands you and I have nothing in common!

      Chronoman - 2011-08-04 09:53

      @Heronakamura, go look at the cartoons depicting Malema. There are many. They make fun of him in a different way. i.e. they don't depict violence in his case, although a cartoon of him raping his constituency would be applicable (as an example). It would be ok from my point of view because as I see it he has built up a support base on a variety of false pronouncements and claims.

      saliem - 2011-08-04 09:56

      I guess we don't have a thing in common @Heronakamura - I do have a brain and a modicum of intelligence bro, whereas you on the other hand...

      Almaki - 2011-08-04 10:00

      Er, did you miss the part where Zapiro continuously gets sued by the president?

      Heronakamura - 2011-08-04 10:02

      @Saliem - of course you do have hypocritical and selective intelligence, just like the South African white owned media!

      lenand40 - 2011-08-04 10:09

      Bullard was a satirist too. There is no specific laws to columnists and satirists. They are all subject to the same rules and regulations of free speech. If a satirist wrote that Africans are uneducated, immoral and benefit from colonisation from moving forward, then that is considered to be racist, even if the intent was humour. Humour at the expense of insulting someone else is still insulting and illegal whether you are satirist or columnist. The comparison of Zapiro's cartoon is apt. Zapiro depicted Zuma in the process of raping Lady Justice (a European precept imported to Africa). No one ever said Zapiro was calling for the rape of Lady Justice. Miyeni said that Ferial would have been necklaced if she wrote the article in the 80s. He does not express a feeling whether necklacing was good or bad (so, cannot see how he condoned it) and cannot understand how anyone could see this as encouraging violence against her, unless you believe there are groups of people out there waiting to follow views of columnists and satirists and act upon them. What Miyeni said that was wrong is calling her a black snake in the grass. That was an insult. So, my point is that the Freedom of Speech/Expression does not exclude satirist

      saliem - 2011-08-04 10:13

      @Heronakamura - I was wondering when the rhetoric would surface. Now at least we know that you support the column by Miyeni... why didn't you say so in the first place? Further debate with you is pointless! Btw did you find the dictionary bro? :P

      Alqualonde - 2011-08-04 10:19

      @ Heronkamura. Avusa's biggest shareholder is the Mvela Group.Not sure when that became a white shareholder. Sorry to use facts against your emotion.

      daaivark - 2011-08-04 10:25

      Heronakamura: Do you know the meaning of "satire"? Zapiro was the darling of the struggle when he was doing exactly the same thing regarding APArtheid leadership. Satire is what he does. It does require a vaguely sophisticated cognitive process to graps the nuances though.

      daaivark - 2011-08-04 10:27

      Never let reality get in the way of a good rant, Al.

      jowza - 2011-08-04 10:28

      let mr simplify it for you. zapiro -satyr haffejee-journalist heronakura- idiot

      Lab-Rat - 2011-08-04 10:34

      I don't suppose you ever read the news that said that JZ is suing the cartoonist, did you?

      Andre - 2011-08-04 10:51

      showerhead is a vulgar, raping, corrupt ,criminal, why on earth apologise for stating the facts, just because he happens to be our president.. now that's another tragedy.

      saliem - 2011-08-04 11:27

      @Heronakamura and @JELOUSWHITES - the 2 of you are either unbelievably stupid or are just out to do some good old fashioned "trolling". I suspect it's the former. Either way I have no white "master" as you would infer, rhetoric remains rhetoric (irrespective of your gender or race) and satire and shocking journalism (aka Miyeni) are diametric opposites. TG the peeps who drafted our constitution had brains!

      Together - 2011-08-04 11:29

      And every generation still burns and stones it's prophets. Heronakamura - you have taken your nickname from an honourable fictional character - if he was living around here, he'd volunteer to be Ferial's bodyguard. You've been brainwashed into thinking that democracy harms you, that you have been short-changed, that no-one knows your suffering, that no-one can possibly understand - that the only relief you'll get is to punish your 'enemies'. It's kinda sad, kid... The people who have narrowed your mind, hardened your heart, stolen your innocence and made your freedom a cold and poor place are the ones you follow. And they are laughing all the way to the bank while they watch you turn into someone who cannot love his neighbour, who feels too poor in spirit to even give away mercy. You have time to turn into a real Heronakamura - straighten your shoulders, give thanks that we don't live in Somalia, and walk out into a new day.

      emile.marais - 2011-08-04 11:35

      Heronakamura you have a valid point about Zapiro. Although I find some of his cartoons satirical, the one you mentioned about Mr Zuma is not satire. In a country with a serious issue of rape, the image brought across by that specific cartoon was very distasteful to say the least, never mind very defamatory. Personally, I do not believe tht Mr Zuma is innocent of corruption either. Images such as the 'rape scene' passed as satire in my opinion damages race relations in this country. It brings emotion into play and rational thought gets chucked out the window. JELOUSWHITES, I quote ''Now is the time to ammend our constitution to favour previously dissadvandaged races or indigenous South africans. No one has a right to degrade ones human dignity'' Yet YOU are calling to degrade MY Humanity because I happen to be born white? See, rational thought gets replaced with emotion due to this stupid black VS white argument... WE ARE ALL SOUTH AFRICANS in the end. Same as we are all people too. One person discriminated against is one person to many. I'll keep on dreaming now of a world where people can just get on with logical thought. Good day to you all.

      MyPal_Al - 2011-08-04 11:49

      @Heronakamura 09:27 comment to Saliem, No that is not OK that is why you will never see such a cartoon from Zapiro. I agree with Saliem and Umfubi, there is a very big difference between these two actions.

      JELOUSWHITES - 2011-08-04 11:51

      @ EMILE-MARIAS. It is no secret that whites came from Europe in search of land they can steal, White came to South Africa carrying only their suit cases and binoculars as well as cheap alchohol. You know it very well that you are indigenously from Europe. You also know that should South Africa comes under death treat you will swiftly become a European and you will quickly hit a plane for your original place to hide.

      Heronakamura - 2011-08-04 12:03

      @MyPal_Al - your comment is sincere and honest and I applaud for that, but I can assure you that Zapiro crossed the line with that cartoon and no one from the media houses said anything!

      Together - 2011-08-04 12:09

      And every generation still burns and stones it's prophets. Heronakamura - you have taken your nickname from an honourable fictional character - if he was living around here, he'd volunteer to be Ferial's bodyguard. You've been brainwashed into thinking that democracy harms you, that you have been short-changed, that no-one knows your suffering, that no-one can possibly understand - that the only relief you'll get is to punish your 'enemies'. It's kinda sad, kid... The people who have narrowed your mind, hardened your heart, stolen your innocence and made your freedom a cold and poor place are the ones you follow. And they are laughing all the way to the bank while they watch you turn into someone who cannot love his neighbour, who feels too poor in spirit to even give away mercy. You have time to turn into a real Heronakamura - straighten your shoulders, give thanks that we don't live in Somalia, and walk out into a new day.

      Jo - 2011-08-04 12:13

      Heronakamura and Al - compare columnists with columnists - Bullard got canned when he crossed the line. When a youth league-worshipping cartoonist crosses the line with really sharp satire that defends fair law and sound justics, then we can judge if he/she gets a fair chance.

      emile.marais - 2011-08-04 13:27

      JEALOUSWHITES, thank you for your 'insightful' input and you are entitled to it. I do view your comment as extreme but that is my opinion. Chris Rock once said blacks do not have the time to categorize white people into groups - blacks just hate all of us. Fair enough, I really do not blame you guys if you do. We deserve it. But just for your information, I'm from mixed Italian/French/Welsh and Dutch heritage probably with some Khoisan blood flowing through my veins just to spice things up so it is rather difficult for me to 'go back' so to speak from where I came from. Unless I'm entitles to an EU passport, as an EU citizen? Regardless of my family being in this country for over 3 centuries. Guess I can be picky to my nationality then. But on a more serious note the safety of my family is paramount to the politics of the day so if I have to leave, I will. Another thing, I need no history lesson from you on why my forefathers risked their lives to come to Africa in the first place. Here is something - When I was at technicon, I was the only white student on my course (imagine my surprise and dismay). The strange thing is, my fellow students only ever showed me respect (to my face that is). I actually even ventured out into Hillbrow with them for lunch! Once again, the only white face to be seen! Imagine my surprise at how my fear got the better of me and how foolish I felt for being such a bigot. I learned one very important life lesson from those days, HUMILITY.

      emile.marais - 2011-08-04 13:28

      Attack me now if you want. Who ever you are. This is a dangerous and crazy world after all, so it is to be expected.

      Paco7 - 2011-08-04 14:40

      because that Zapiro cartoons were true ,u knob.

      4_Way_Test - 2011-08-04 14:52

      @ JELOUSWHITES - Talk about generalising, I find it funny that you do not consider whites "South Africans". It is sad. I remember when the Nats used look at a person say he or she is white, that one is coloured and that one is black. I wonder in your South Africa, how much white is too much ? will you have a Color Chart or will you bring out the old NP regime to help you classify people ?

  • Robin7 - 2011-08-04 09:12

    Maybe it's just me but under the circumstances I don't think that Mr Len Maseko's resignation should have been accepted. I personally don't think that a person of that calibre that is willing to fall on his sword and take responsibility for this debcale should be lost. If there had been a slip up then deal with it in house but how often is it that anyone (regardless of race) takes the steps that Mr Maseko has? Thats the type of person that we need running the show. Eric Miyeni should stop whining like a child and could learn a great deal from Mr Maseko. I would definately support any petition for the reinstatement of Mr Mseko. Just my 2c...

      Together - 2011-08-04 11:55

      Mr Maseko appears to emerge from this mess with the most self-respect out of anybody - an accountable adult who understands the importance of his job and how to shoulder responsibility.

      Manyoza - 2011-08-04 14:32

      This Miyeni fellow is so upset about the Mal_enema article that he prints his true feelings, from the heart. I am worried about intelligent people like Miyeni, who align themselves with a guy like Mal_enema. When they get nailed for insulting hate type writing, then they winge and whine. I can't wait for the facts to emerge Mr. Moneybags. What will the populist followers say when he is found to be as corrupt as the current info is idicating him to be ??? Spin, spin, spin.

  • Edd-iv - 2011-08-04 09:12

    Well done to Mr Maseko for resigning. Honourable thing to do.

      nn.prv - 2011-08-04 11:10

      Chicken !

      MyPal_Al - 2011-08-04 11:53

      @ Edd-iv, Fully agree with you. Was the honourable thing to do. But like Robin7 above I think Sowetan has lost a very good man that shows, honour, accountability and great leadership. They should never have accepted his resignation and in the apology letter should have stated that he offered to resign, but they rejected it as they need his leadership to root out future blunders like this before they are printed.

  • Zee - 2011-08-04 09:13

    and where is david bullard?

      saliem - 2011-08-04 09:25

      Zigzaggedly @Zee... where is he?

      Jeffrey Jones - 2011-08-04 10:33

      David Bullard writes for You can get their weekly newsletter downloaded free.

  • Tshepo - 2011-08-04 09:19

    hahahaha eish this has actually been amusing and funny to watch.... thanks southa frica for the humor i love this country.... its 1000 laughs a minute this place....Can i apply for Erics old position???

      KnysnaSha - 2011-08-04 09:24

      The whole thing is a bit ridiculous! Would be funny if it wasn't all so silly and preventable!

      buzz - 2011-08-04 09:34

      Apply for eric's position? Of course you can, its a free market. I would however brush up on my analytical, common sense and grammar skills if I were you.

      Yomar Sapus - 2011-08-04 09:50

      Tshepo, They would give you the job as you have all the job requirements. * Supremacist tendancies. Check * Racist Pig tendancy. Check * Half a brain. Check * Ignorant. Check * Arrogant. Check Starting salary 1m per month.

      Tolerant - 2011-08-04 10:04

      The best comedians are in the "childrens league. Wonkie says it all today in, ha ha.

      DEVILS SON - 2011-08-04 10:04

      lmao buzz

  • lollie sue - 2011-08-04 09:20

    sorry is the right word, move on people

  • Freddie - 2011-08-04 09:22

    At least they did the honourable thing. Zuma, take note. This is how it should be done.

  • psydomx - 2011-08-04 09:23

    Watch that muppet Miyeni, will more than likely get a PR job with the ANCYL

      Democrat2011 - 2011-08-04 19:32

      psydomx, eh, you must have mixed up the names here. In fact the muppet is ferial who is pulled by the capitalists. She has no sense of right and wrong. She is hiding the initiator of the so-called crime (the businessman who deposits illegal money into JM's trust account) and instead she wants JM investigated and jailed, all because JM is advocating what capitalists dont want, nationalisation of mines. To me it does sound like the more genuine person here is Eric. He puts everything on the table, nothing hidden. Just wish he was interviewing the corrupt businessman, who would be in jail right now. Ferial is doing exactly what the Scorpions were doing, leaving the real criminals off at the expense of politicians. The criminal capitalists of course went on to commit more crime, knowing fully well that the scorpions would let them off the hook. Now Ferial is doing exactly that, minding more the circulation of her paper than stopping crime

      InternetMan - 2011-08-04 22:31

      Democrat2011: u mad bro?

  • Cathy - 2011-08-04 09:25

    Very noble of him to resign even though he wasn't on duty. Why did Mondli Makhanya not resign from Sunday Times over the David Bullard issue.

  • xolisa:sikelenge - 2011-08-04 09:26

    Miyeni i tend to agree with you when you say that Mondli Makhanya should be fired from Avusa

  • YES - 2011-08-04 09:31

    The apology would not atone for damaged caused by management of the newspaper to dismissed Miyeni. There is no doubt that they overreacted and applied the rules inconsistently. Neither would the the move absolve the paper from possible lawsuit from Miyeni, who may sue for discrimination and/or repudiation of contract of employment nor does it save the paper from Haffajee's possible legal action, which would include the paper anyway. On the other hand, Len Maseko must be commended for taking a principled position. I hope the President and his cabinet (including, other pupblic figures) take leaf from Len Maseko's book.

  • thobsa malope - 2011-08-04 09:38

    Good for you Eric. You backed the winning horse. The ANCYL will reward you with a top position when it takes over the ANC in a year or so!

      coen - 2011-08-04 10:07

      Hi Thobsa. Eric didn't back the winning horse. He was instructed by Maleme to write this so that he can escape the lime light for a while. Eric was proberly promised a job in the ANCYL. Even Malema didn't pass houtwerk in school he looks not that stupid

      Jeffrey Jones - 2011-08-04 10:28

      ANCYL ain't a horse they'e a horse's arse.

      Lab-Rat - 2011-08-04 10:49

      Please tell me you're being sarcastic.

      Paco7 - 2011-08-05 08:43

      this darkie was just looking out for his own interest,he is looking to shine the shoes of his master....JuliASS

  • Kareltjie Boshoff - 2011-08-04 09:46

    Listen up, people. Screw this Miyeni BS, because it is really petty. The issue at hand is Malema owes the public answers. Has anyone noticed that we are not talking about that anymore? We have to stop becoming slaves of the headline and focus on the issues. Think of all the issues currently "pending": Siceka, Cele, Gwen Mahlangu, Sheryl Cwele, Ratananga, etc. Hell, has anyone heard from Selebi lately? Come on, we are being DUPED!

      Manyoza - 2011-08-04 14:40

      Spot on and well said. I have a huge amount of respect for the Sowetan, for showing the RSA public how accountability should work. Miyeni made a d@@s of himself - no suprise. Lets move on.

  • zama.sithole - 2011-08-04 09:50

    Why did the Avusa accept the editor's resignation when the guy was not even at work? We're being taken for fools here. In the absence of the editor someone was acting on his behalf and that is the person that must take the blame

      InternetMan - 2011-08-04 22:34

      Yup I was thinking exactly that. I think people who do nonsensical things such as that should be mentally evaluated to see if they might be a danger to society, but that's just me.

  • Nawe - 2011-08-04 09:51

    So they fire Eric and send bigger white capitalist Justice & Makhanya to do damage control? what's the difference between Justice & Haffajee? Justice is married to a white woman who feeds him all this vitrolic & he beliefs it. This country has clearly went to the dogs!

      Kareltjie Boshoff - 2011-08-04 09:58

      "Justice is married to a white woman who feeds him all this vitrolic & he beliefs it" Muppets like you are being fed by Malema. The settlers "tricked" your fore-fathers out of "their" land....are you saying that the black man doesn't have a mind of his own, cause that's what you are implying, domkop!

      Democrat - 2011-08-04 10:02

      It's because of people like you that this country has went (read gone!) to the dogs.

      Felix - 2011-08-04 10:03


      Lab-Rat - 2011-08-04 10:52 in other words, it's counter revolutionary to be civilised?

      Tito - 2011-08-04 11:06

      Then its a shame that the White woman that Eric had, did not feed him with the same vitrolic, maybe he wouldn't be such a dumb....

      Manyoza - 2011-08-04 14:51

      Nawe. Why is it that the minute a black person highlights, or reports on, or exposes any corruption, hate speech, or other criminal activity that a black person commits then it is because of the imperalist blah blah ... white ... blah blah blah ... Why can't we all just be proud of our democracy and appreciate the fact that good people DO exist, and that they are determined to see justice done, by means of exposing these issues. It always sounds like black guys (Nawe) attempt to defend criminal type of activities, and to justify them by blaming the imperalist blah blah ... white ... blah blah blah ...

      Democrat2011 - 2011-08-04 19:45

      Oh thanx Nawe for this piece of info. Now it makes sense. So Justice married a white woman. That has nothing in his head other than anti-ANC. But Avusa is also stupid. How can they send these two fools to do damage control. Mondli is editor in chief. Lets see him resign as a matter of principle, like Maseko who was not even there. I bet you Mondli was there as editor in chief of Avusa but he will not resign. They have allowed commentators to insult blacks, the ANC, JM and even the president. No one has ever been fired for that. Now Eric "insults" capitalists and he gets the sack! Honestly, there is nowhere in his article that he insults Ferial. He just states that if it was the 80's she would have been necklaced. Is that an insult? SHe is a lapdog of the capitalists. Is that an insult. She is by the way hiding the identity of the businessman who paid "illegal" money into JM's trust account, who is supposed to be arrested for commiting a crime. The businessman is by the way a capitalist. I can't wait for her to sue Eric, so we can hear who is this criminal in waiting who fed her this information. He must be arrested immediately. Otherwise he will continue bribing others! He must be jailed, irrespective of whether he is ANC or DA or whatever!

  • Charlie - 2011-08-04 09:54

    I think Haffajee should still sue Miyeni!!!

  • Fedup - 2011-08-04 09:57

    Well done to the Sowetan

  • lenand40 - 2011-08-04 09:58

    So, if you did not condone it, and you believe Miyeni was condoning it in his article, why did you let the article be published?

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  • kkphiri - 2011-08-04 10:05

    this means nothing until they fire also whoever signs off columns and articles to give a go ahead for paper to be published .i believe a column doesnt get written and goes straight to publishing.we tired of their excuses

  • Roger Rothner - 2011-08-04 10:11

    That was very noble from the Sowetan. Keep going forward

  • lenand40 - 2011-08-04 10:19

    I told a black friend of mine recently "In the days of apartheid, you would have been lynched and even killed if you were seen with a white girl friend" He is suing me for incitement.

      jowza - 2011-08-04 10:24

      where you after his girlfriend?did she sexcite you

      lenand40 - 2011-08-04 17:25

      @jowza. You are not that fast, are you?

  • kristaffa - 2011-08-04 10:28

    Maseko, that's the respectable thing to do. Good on you!

  • nosiphom - 2011-08-04 10:29

    Listen, Ayoba fool - "secrete trust" refers to the fact that Malema never wanted it in the public domain, not that it is legally a "secret trust" - Guys do not hide under semantics, then we loose track of the facts !

      JELOUSWHITES - 2011-08-04 11:40

      @nOSIPHOM, are you english speaking dumb??? your explanation is so shallow what is "secret trust" or, let me say.. what is "secret" Im giving you 3 hours to answer, you stupid. this account was opened at the bank and Malemas documentation was declared to thousand eyes at the bank and monies had been withdrawn and deposited by the people who knows about the trust, then answer me you idiot what is ' SECRET" I have given you enough clue.

  • Elliot - 2011-08-04 10:39

    The "and all" is that now meant to the way Indians speak which means they still making fun of her or what.

  • Riaan - 2011-08-04 10:55

    The Sowetan is a rag newspaper with the sole purpose of racially polarising people. A lot of their columnists are a bunch of bitter racist and the quicker these bozos get sued, the better.

      kristaffa - 2011-08-04 11:08

      Do you base this on facts, or something you heard through the grapevine?

      Riaan - 2011-08-04 11:18

      It's based on fact. Go on to their website, read their stories and their columns. They go out out of their way to stoke the racial hatred and don't even get me started on the readers' comments.

      Neles - 2011-08-05 15:40

      yeah I agree with your opinion on news24 .... oh, sorry you meant the sowetan

  • Rightway - 2011-08-04 11:08

    The Sowetan editors are at fault. A racist, naive, ignorant so called journalist like Miyeni needs to be mentored and edited. That is the editors job. So Malema does like some journalists. The racist and dumb like him. The pride of a bad township education.

      Komasa - 2011-08-04 11:35

      Rightway I agree the editors are at fault and they are are the people who should take blame for publishing the article. Not publish it and then point fingers.

  • emile.marais - 2011-08-04 11:45

    This whole issue is just sad and pathetic.

  • Nox - 2011-08-04 11:49

    What is the problem in south africa ;who is in charge.whites or blacks.the latter I suppose;the former are minority they shud not b listened to.this is africa. J

  • Angela Ndimande - 2011-08-04 11:50

    Hope Eric is happy with this chaos who is was he trying to please mara hehe even politicians are applaed by this reckless statement. He lives chaos whereever he goes why shud anyone take this guy seriously wonder who is going to hire him next i definitely know its not the ANCYL he wont make the spin cut even there shem!!!

      JELOUSWHITES - 2011-08-04 12:41

      @Angela, you are blank "he lives chaos wherever he goes" but he is still working and by himself and he has support a 100% He does not depend on white baas for a living

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-04 12:23

    This is a good-news story because we see people in the media taking accountability for their actions or lack thereof, it's a bad news story because we should have never gotten to this point

  • nn.prv - 2011-08-04 13:05

    He never condoned it.Journos of all people shoot know the lino used.

  • Funky Monkey - 2011-08-04 13:07

    and all and all and all, uncle

  • Ridhwaan - 2011-08-04 13:23

    Its a pity they all have to lose their jobs over one fools comments, he was given autonomy in writing and he absolutely made the paper sound so cheap, no wonder they starting to give the sowetan for free

  • DW - 2011-08-04 13:43

    My guess is that, because of Miyeni's record of well written books and columns, they printed his column without actually reading it. The deadlines on newspapers are extremely tight and they were reading the "other stuff" before publishing. If Maseko was not there, who was standing in as acting editor whilst he was on leave? THAT is the person who should resign, not Maseko. But I guess they wont be telling us who is REALLY responsible, will they. They now have a fall guy.

  • Zebelon - 2011-08-04 15:08

    Ayoba..., Haffajje never said there is a wrong with the Malema trust fund. Revisit the City Press release of the article, and point out where it attaches wrong to the fund. What people read is that the fund was never revealed to the public , and that there were allegations of deposits into the fund. The question of "wrong" is introduced by readers. Let the investigations proceed.

  • Proudly SA - 2011-08-04 15:13

    This is good to hear and good example; I am looking forward to the day ANC Leadership firstly distance themselves from Malema and ANCYL, cut off all funding to them, ensure those corupt with trust funds etc jailed and then make an open apology to the whole country, all potential investors, all people who have lost their jobs due to result of lost invetsments, potential tourists and especially families directly affected by farm murders for not stepping in earlier and listening to a nation pleading for action to stop ANCYL madness.

  • Zebelon - 2011-08-04 15:15

    "no such thing called secret trust" - In finance one is required to declare a trust to the SARS for tax purposes. If it is not declared/revealed, then it is kept "secret". Let people give SARS space to investigate, Ayoba.

  • Peter - 2011-08-04 15:16

    So you apologise for condoning violence. Not the blatant racism?

      Komasa - 2011-08-04 16:26

      Peter the question is why publish the article if it was offensive.

  • Zebelon - 2011-08-04 15:21

    Ayoba, please come out with the DA politician who has kept his/her financial position secret. Talk of the DA is diversion used as a means of a futile defence in the Malema fiasco.

  • Mgayi - 2011-08-04 15:56

    Ferial and all and all and all

      Funky Monkey - 2011-08-04 16:22

      Check my low profiles and mags

  • Nosferatu - 2011-08-04 16:51

    Well done to the Sowetan Newspaper for taking such a noble stance! If only people would put their hand up and do the same!

  • Tebza - 2011-08-04 17:25

    He didnt condone anything you morons. He metaphorically exampled what she does now with what could have happened had it been old times. By the way Did he personally wrote, approved, edited and published the article? How did only this one pass all the daily necessary routines. What exactly did he say wrong about the city press journo?

  • mandla yende - 2011-08-04 18:30

    Isnt it very strange; you can insult Muslims and the Prophet Mohammad (PBHN) and publish the most derogatory cartoons about Zuma and his family; and its all acceptable in the name of Freedom of Speech BUT of be careful of Ferial. You dont respond to Eric by gagging him... if there was any case Ferial could have found justice in the courts and sue Eric. What the mdeia has managed to do is proscribe Freedom of Speech and racialise it beyond recognition.

  • Delta Roger - 2011-08-04 18:40

    Well done Sowetan by apologizing. Agree with anton fester, Ferrial should sue Miyeni in his personal capacity.

  • flummoxed - 2011-08-04 19:27

    I remember Eric's evening show on Radio and even there he made it very clear how agitated he was because his ilk were not able to monopolise high positions in business. He really does have a major chip on his shoulder Whatever lengths Ferial goes to to silence him will be of no benefit ultimately.. Just follow the lack lustre reactions of the Government when one of their own steps out of line or threatens the Presidency.