Blade Nzimande calls for advertising embargo

2014-06-08 15:01

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SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande says the government should stop advertising with newspapers because they are driving an anti-ANC agenda.

Nzimande, who is also Higher Education and Training Minister, was speaking at a special congress of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union in Midrand on Friday when he made the remarks.

Nzimande said: “I don’t understand why we give some newspapers R6?million a month when they report these views about us.”

He added: “There’s a newspaper, I won’t mention its name, where R6?million of its revenue comes from the government.”

He said the revenue of the publication concerned was R11?million a month.

Referring to media reports about spending on President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, Nzimande said these were attempts by the media to discredit the ANC before the national elections.

“The media grabbed the matter of Nkandla as if their lives depended on it. This shows there is a large disconnect between the media and a large sector of society. Large sections of the media represent minority views of whites,” he said.

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