So City Press couldn’t find black legal experts?

2014-09-21 15:00

After having read my Sunday papers last week, one of the stories that caught my attention was the story with the headline “Dolus what?” (City Press, September 14 2014).

Why are you quoting four white males as legal experts? I need not go into the tired line that this is South Africa’s 20th year of democracy.

It will be interesting to hear from City Press, in a public forum hopefully, the rationale behind choosing four white males to explain this Latin term and its implications as far as the Oscar Pistorius case is concerned.

With democracy, South Africa is enjoying something called transformation, equality and gender empowerment.

These three fundamental “issues”, in case City Press has a warped understanding of their existence and meaning, do not only mean that the national rugby squad must transform from being lily white to embrace the demographics of this country, do not only mean Indians and white people are equal before the law, and do not only mean qualifying female candidates should be considered above their male counterparts.

They mean other institutions within our society, like the media and City Press in particular, should be conscious of our past and work towards a balanced future.

For City Press, led by what I believe is a black female, to make a black female reporter write a story in which only four previously privileged pale males are quoted, is preposterous to say the least.

I don’t need to go into detail and give examples of some of the bright legal minds South Africa possesses, who are not white and male. As a reader of this newspaper since the mid-80s, it will give me great pleasure to see you take some responsibility for this “oversight”.

Mapitja Phiri

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