The DA ditched the Cape Times because of its owner, not money

2015-03-30 11:17

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The recent cancellation of the Cape Times subscription by Helen Zille’s provincial government tells us a lot about Zille’s character as a politician and her party.

While it has received wild condemnation, Zille has exposed herself and her party for having double standards, that they do not trust black people and that only the media that kowtow to the DA’s ideas will be accepted.

Media ownership in this country has always been in the liberal mix of not advancing black thoughts (read: the white liberal agenda).

Many white journalists favour international news of the queen’s dress rather than the “coming of age” (umemulo) of girls from remote villages in Northern Zululand.

Zille has had an easy ride with journalists at the Cape Times and, when ownership changed hands to Dr Iqbal Surve, it was obvious it was not going to be business as usual.

The ownership of media by Surve is long overdue. Many a time, our stories have been edited by people who have no clue about black thought, its aspirations and our plight.

Since when was the content of newspapers the issue of the DA and politicians?

This is more about hate for Surve’s ownership or acquisition, rather than about fair and balanced reporting. Zille should know better – she once was a scribe.

Why did Zille not go the Press Ombudsman route or engage the SA National Editors’ Forum if she felt hard done by the Cape Times editors?

Her lack of diplomacy and hiding behind National Treasury’s austerity measures to curb excessive spending are cheap excuses.

What do we learn from this debacle about what would happen if the DA were to come to power? I fear the worst.

Media freedom must be guaranteed, and no amount of money must silence the media or any chattering voices. We need to safeguard this democracy, to nurture it and make it a functional and fully fledged democratic state.

Political bitterness will not solve problems and all liberal dirty causes must be exposed for public scrutiny, like any ideology that subjects itself to the law of this land.

Muntonezwi Khanyile, from Florida, Johannesburg

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