Article shows deception

2012-07-21 12:03

Tebatso Mabitsela
Head of government communication

The article in City Press dated July 15 2012 titled Limpopo’s Meltdown is misleading.

The Limpopo provincial government took a decision not to participate in the merry-go-round of finger-pointing and self-justification encouraged mainly by misleading reporting in the media.

But the article dictates otherwise and is a classic example of a screaming headline which at best deceives the newspapers’ readership and at worst does not adequately correspond with its story.

A logical thing to do would be not to dignify it with a response, but City Press needs to be advised to refrain from sounding like a broken record.

It has, since 2009, produced more ghastly rumours about Limpopo to the propaganda mill than any other newspaper.

What is at issue is the fact that both the national and provincial government are working together to strengthen areas that need attention in Limpopo.
A point that has been concisely captured by what is supposedly Mr Monde Tom’s reply in the article in question, which says: “. . . all the departments under administration were now in the recovery phase”.

This assertion reiterates what both the national and Limpopo treasuries stated early this year when they jointly delivered the province’s budget speech.

It is shameful that since 2009, City Press has embarked on a campaign to taint Limpopo.

It has produced a disproportionate series of articles that at times contravenes the Press Code in its dishonourable quest.

The fact that the Limpopo provincial government was not even given a chance to respond to the allegations contained in the latest article is a case in point.

It will be appreciated if City Press can maintain good journalistic ethics and be objective in its ­reporting at all times.

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