Govt newspaper is ANC propaganda: FF+

2011-03-28 14:32

Johannesburg - It is "unacceptable" to publish "party political propaganda" using taxpayers' money, the Freedom Front Plus said on Monday.

FF Plus leader Pieter Mulder was reacting to the announcement that a government newspaper would be published by its spokesperson Jimmy Manyi.

"The government, in the person of Jimmy Manyi as government spokesperson, is abusing its position of power when they threaten newspapers with a government newspaper in competition with existing media," Mulder said in a statement.

"It infringes on the essence of media freedom in a democracy. There is a huge difference between ANC propaganda and state information," he said.

"It is not acceptable in any modern democracy for government to use taxpayers' money to convey party political propaganda to voters.

"This principle is such a serious founding principle of democracy that the issue could end [up] in the Constitutional Court."

'Manyi's ignorance'

He said a modern government should communicate with its citizens in a "responsible manner".

"In all modern democracies there [are] however clear guidelines to define this state information. These guidelines prohibit taxpayers' money from being used to advantage the governing party at the expense of opposition parties."

He said Manyi was unhappy about newspapers failing to "immediately publish everything" he regarded as newsworthy and this was evidence of his "ignorance" about the functioning of a free media.

The City Press newspaper reported on Sunday that the government’s bi-monthly magazine, Vuk'uzenzele, would be turned into a monthly tabloid newspaper with a print-run of two million from next month.

Manyi planned to publish it fortnightly by March next year.

'Media censoring government info'

"The media is censoring a lot of government information," Manyi told City Press.

"Niyasivusa ukuba sizenzele [You are waking us up to do things ourselves]."

The paper would be edited by former Beeld journalist Tyrone Seale, who is currently managing editor of Vuk'uzenzele magazine and is the GCIS’s chief director of content and writing.

Manyi said the government would be abdicating its responsibility if it allowed editors of commercial newspapers to decide which government information was published.

He said journalists came to government news conferences, where 10 issues were raised, but only wrote about one.

The GCIS (government communication and information system) had issued a tender for the newspaper, which would initially be a 16- to 20-page tabloid with a print run of between 1.7 million and two million.

Biggest publication in SA

This would make it the biggest circulating publication in the country.

It would cost the government more than R1m to print one edition, according to City Press.

Manyi did not rule out the possibility of turning Vuk'uzenzele into a daily newspaper.

He said the commercial media would give the government reason to turn Vuk'uzenzele into a daily by continuing to "censor" government information.

Vuk'uzenzele would be free and not compete with the mainstream media, Manyi said.

"We want it on the streets, in every township and rural area. It will be bigger than all of you guys put together," Manyi was quoted saying.

About 1 000 posters would be distributed with each edition.

The paper would be published in all 11 official languages.

  • Melly30 - 2011-03-28 14:42

    Typical!! You have no clue ANC...

      Francois - 2011-03-28 15:35

      How much will an advertisement: "Puma is a Zus!" cost in the new paper?

      otiose - 2011-03-28 16:40

      @Francois LOL! Think you moean "Zoes"

  • South_Africa - 2011-03-28 14:52

    What rubbish! The government already has the Gazette as well as online official publications, why should we the tax payers spend another R 1m PER EDITION - rubish!!!

      CheekySod - 2011-03-28 15:24

      The Government Gazette is there to publish legitimate government bulletins and new laws. The ANC newspaper is clearly targeting ANC propaganda. I can predict that in the beginning every ANC who-is-who will clamour to find space in the paper for their own "press release". Once the novelty wears off, the paper will go the direction of most ANC projects. I say, let them publish. Then when the politicians say "what they don't actually mean" it is black on white. Lets see them get out of the hole they are so anxious to dig.

      Snoek - 2011-03-28 16:01

      The ANC is desperate.

  • Madelane - 2011-03-28 14:52

    And the self indulgent madness continues at taxpayers expense of this genetic?

  • CharlSkeptic - 2011-03-28 14:52

    ANC arrogants insulting our intelligence again.

      ME - 2011-03-28 14:56

      Arrogance not arrogants. Learn how to spell please

      anna - 2011-03-28 15:19

      @me.......perhaps Charl was using the word as a noun? watch out for condescending arrogance!........

      thinker - 2011-03-28 18:38

      @Anna Good One

  • Jacques - 2011-03-28 14:53

    Finally the government is delivering... Free toilet paper!!!! Viva ANC Viva

      Melly30 - 2011-03-28 14:54


      CheekySod - 2011-03-28 15:25

      Hope they print the paper in "Twin Ply"

      denmarku - 2011-03-28 15:32

      Hopefully Manyi's face will be on page 1!

  • Darwinian - 2011-03-28 14:55

    The paper should've been called: Another Night with Candles!!

  • the_watcher - 2011-03-28 15:00

    I completely agree with FF on this - why the hell should taxpayer money be spent to spout the "guvvament" i.e. ANC BS?? And he wants to make it a daily? So R1 million a day of taxpayer money??? NO WAY!!! Time to vote them out....

  • KaiinSA - 2011-03-28 15:07

    On page 5 Free Drivers License if you collect 28 tokens.

  • paulf - 2011-03-28 15:10

    I am not an ANC member, why must they use my taxes to pay for their Propaganda?

  • Herbert - 2011-03-28 15:13

    Blah blah blah!!! Just another platform for the ANC to spew forth their propaganda to their (mostly) uninformed electorate.

      Darwinian - 2011-03-28 15:17

      ...that cannot read

      David - 2011-03-28 15:41

      South African version of the Zimbabwe Herald

  • Willem - 2011-03-28 15:14

    But who's going to read the K@K? Might work well when the toilet paper run out though!!! (Or to get the fire going at the braai)

      Darwinian - 2011-03-28 15:18

      lol dude, you cant wipe your K@K with more K@K.....

  • Straight Forward - 2011-03-28 15:15

    When will we all learn that these ANC bas@@@ds will do exactly as they please. The only way to stop them is by doing the same as has happened in Egypt, and now is happening in Libya. "The time is right for fighting in the streets"

      otiose - 2011-03-28 16:43

      Grab a voting ballot and vote DA. If DA win and ANC refuses to step down, then we fight it in the streets.

  • Silas - 2011-03-28 15:15

    wow...the money should be used to suppport the poor,

      Darwinian - 2011-03-28 15:49

      my sentiments too! the poor cant even read, and this paper is for them!

  • will294 - 2011-03-28 15:16

    The morons in government have absolutely no idea at all of democracy. They are still too close to their tribal roots where the cheif had absolute control

  • E.Nuff - 2011-03-28 15:16

    It was exactly this sort of thing that caused the "Information Scandal" that changed the political landscape in the 1970's - Connie Mulder, Andries Treurnicht & others wanting to spread "government information" through the media. Jimmy Manyi has already been likened to HF Verwoerd by Trevor Manuel, and now the man is emulating more politicians that he claims to oppose! The ANC has undoubtedly become a racist, nationalist party. It shows that they don't oppose one race's domination over another, or spreading of party political propaganda using state funds, but rather, only that they were not the race in the dominant position, and they were not the political party using state resources to further their own political ends!

      ange - 2011-03-28 15:44

      Andries Treurnicht had nothing to do with the Info scandal. The main culprits were Connie Mulder, Eschel Rhoodie and Hendrik van der Bergh. B.J. Vorster knew about the whole thing. Facts please!

      E.Nuff - 2011-03-28 15:49

      Apologies for failing memory, and including an incorrect name! I stand by the principle though. I contend that the ANC has become just as racist, and just as wrong as any apartheid government of the past.

      ange - 2011-03-28 16:01

      Never mind, I'm also getting forgetful :-) You are correct that the principle is the same and in the case of the Info scandal 5 people including Nico Diederichs lost their jobs. We can't allow the ANC to do this and get away with it. It's our money.

  • willieman - 2011-03-28 15:16

    Manyi i know you are not ignorant neither naive,you know the greatest and prosperous democratic nations around the world they do not employ your propaganda tactics.My advice is do you jobs properly and stop wasting our money.

  • WillF - 2011-03-28 15:18

    No problem if the ANC runs it like a ligitimate business - i.e no bailouts or tax payers money may be used.

  • Silas - 2011-03-28 15:19

    the r better things tht government can do with tht money nt news this government must rethink this bad idea and off cause is fruitless, fix RDP with tht do something nt paper.

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  • denmarku - 2011-03-28 15:26

    Manyi, every time you open your mouth, the worse kind of noise pollution enters our environment - a CO2 tax should be applicable to you! Anyway, I don’t even think that you can spell the word “editor", so please don't waste taxpayers' money!

  • derkus - 2011-03-28 15:26

    well I have run out of toilet paper at home

  • - 2011-03-28 15:30

    This country is becoming more and more like a police state where government rides roughshod over its citizenry and decides what is good for them. They make laws they cannot police and if you complain it is racsism. Spend public funds without a care and then claim they are doing all possible to alleviate poverty. Now they wish to brainwash the public with their own propaganda by way of a taxpayer funded newspaper. It is time for the people of this country to put a stop to this unnecessary spending.

  • mafilo - 2011-03-28 15:31

    ANC; go on do as you pleaze, it's your time now, they had their moment to steal what they could and no-one made noise about it...they are all rich now thanks to apartheid - suddenly they now think stealing is wrong? mxm!

      Kooven - 2011-03-28 15:46

      You right! It's there time...not yours, not mine. How does this benefit you excately? Open your eye's my man.. If this is the mind set of ANC supporters then I see no future for SA. Tit for Tat...Grown a brain Mafilo!!!

      gizzy - 2011-03-28 15:47

      Stealing IS wrong. Who are "they" that are all rich??? Just pick up any newspaper and see who the rich are. A policeman is suddenly and multi millionaire and can spend millions on a "marriage" party? How many police do you know that can do that? Huh mafio?

      kleindeef - 2011-03-28 16:45

      @mafilo Huh. You must be one of the unfortunate ones wit only OBE.

      Enough! - 2011-03-28 17:01

      all rich thanks to apartheid! PLEASE don't make me choke! and if there is some whites with money i think many worked hard for it, well most and something that you should try! it might just work for you to. you so funny dude! really funny! not all of us struggle with entitlement syndrome and have more babies because it part of the revolution but by doing that spreading the terrible virus! very smart! you almost as smart as your master juju!!!!! and if there were corrupt politicians in the previous regime stealing taxes from the white tax payers they wouldn't have been happy with that either as much as they are not happy with what's happening now. but hey! thanks for the laugh! remind me of when Julius spoke here at our varsity! so much potential but oh so blinded by his hatred that he is nothing more than a dangerous clown spreading hatred based on his own insecurities and greed! time to grow up you! time to grow up!

  • Hein - 2011-03-28 15:34

    Foolish people. Do you not realise that your feeble rants only vanish into the thin air of cyberspace? This 'plan' has been set in amount of ranting will stop this monster truck from rolling out the workshop. Note that Manyi used words like "will be". This to me implies that the process will go ahead, whether people like it or not. Another job creation / tax spending initiative, brought to you by government, aimed at enriching only the selected few. ;-)

      Adams - 2011-03-28 15:53

      Not too sure about that. If the FF are correct in believing this can be stopped in the constitional court, then we may never see a copy. If there is one area the ANC idiots see their ass it is in the media and the constitutional court. Let hope!

      Hein - 2011-03-28 16:16

      Agreed. Let's hope!

  • Pierre - 2011-03-28 15:38

    The ANC already funds everything it does with taxpayers' money. It awards tenders to pals who give it kick-backs, or it just awards the tenders directly to itself (Chancellor House). The ANC is institutionally corrupt. It sees no difference between the State's money and its own money, because it thinks it is the State.

      maseratifitt - 2011-03-28 20:17

      Anybody ever think what happens between 21h00 and 21h30 on Wednesday and Saturday nights? Computers are wonderful things. Don't let the ANC supporters find out.

  • SH4Ne - 2011-03-28 15:40

    What a waste of money.

  • gizzy - 2011-03-28 15:41

    It's fine. Let them publish their Alice in Wonderland stories (as long as they pay for it). People living in poverty will read it and know it is rubbish and soon they will have nobody wanting their stupid paper. You can't fool all of the people all the time!

      the_watcher - 2011-03-28 17:16

      But they won't pay for it.. the taxpayer will. Do you think if they had to personally pay for ANYTHING they would waste the way they do?

  • mollma - 2011-03-28 15:43

    You might read something in a more positive attitude - come on church isn't it good news.Something positive for a change.Listen how the try to block it.For ages we preach how negative the newspapers are and now all fear and bad attitudes arrises from this good news.Exactly the appartheid mentality.Apartheid ended but the attitude was never challenged.Go for it.

  • Dr. No - 2011-03-28 15:56

    He said it himself he is trying to reach townships and rural areas where even they are getting fed up with lack of service. In the absence of mainstream media or online publications where the (mostly) educated lot can form opinions they will lull their voter base back into the fold.

  • bill - 2011-03-28 16:06

    I wouldn't wipe my arse with this.Manyi is just looking for more money.He has no credibility with anyone that walks upright.

  • wolf - 2011-03-28 16:16

    Why don't they just take out advertisements in the existing media - will be cheaper than running all the editorial, printing & distribution infrastructure. Also, funding can come from the ANC's Libian slush fund - or there's still some money left over from the arms deal investment - or oil gate - or any of the other ANC investments that this publication wouldn't care to publish.

  • El Cid - 2011-03-28 16:19

    This must be blocked by a court interdict. There will also be a class action lawsuit against the ANC.

  • Stylin - 2011-03-28 16:26

    I believe they're going to publish two editions. The late edition and the very late edition.

  • 50something - 2011-03-28 17:00

    "We want it on the streets, in every township and rural area" Assuming "townships" meaning black areas, the race thing surfaces again. Is the government not there for everyone? obviously not. Published in all 11 languages - ha ha. Message to Manyi - the taxpayer is NOT, I repeat NOT going to foot the bill for your fantasies.

  • Mark - 2011-03-29 07:14

    Listen to Pieter. He is the expert since his dad was responsible for doing almost exactly the same thing back in the day. Anyway, if the education system continues on its downward spiral then there will soon be nobody left to read it.

  • Matthew Dean - 2011-03-29 13:34

    The FF+ is right, we the taxpayers will be paying for ANC propaganda. However, why isn't anyone complaining about the current ANC propaganda that we are paying for, namely the SABC? If you ever feel the need to see how GOOD the ANC is, just switch on SABC. It's ghastly... I sure hope people are going to be clever enough to vote for someone else, because I see everyone complaining about how bad the ANC is, it gets worse and worse, yet they get more and more majority in elections...

  • Meanleader - 2011-03-29 15:29

    What astounds me is the huge gap in intellect within the ANC . I see that they actually think that the public will believe this !! Wow !!!... I see some marketting opportunities here , these people would buy sh1t and eat it if they were told they could !

  • wide awake - 2011-03-30 10:24

    lol - more hilarious bull***t - the cANCer has a intellect that belongs in the 1950's - they still think of brainwashing the public with smoke screens. They are promoting racism daily as it is, not hard to visualize the content of their newspaper. At least the poor will eventually get some of what they were promised, free shyt paper, about time they benefit. Every edition should have pictures of cANCer members on every page going down the sewerage is where they belong, well done Jimmy for once you are doing something worthwhile.

  • wide awake - 2011-03-30 10:35

    Everything the cANCer is doing these days seems to have an uncanny similarity to 'mad Bob', it seems as though Magabe has taken over the cANCer with outdated ideals from the last century, can these idiots not create new visions are they only capable of duplicating 'mad Bob' or is this just more smoke screening to cover up their incompetence to fulfill promises to the poor while they steal everything. Either way it is hilarious, they should just hand the country over to 'mad Bob', they being advised by him anyway.

  • wide awake - 2011-03-30 10:43

    This is good news for once the cANCer are doing something beneficial. Free toilet paper for the nation. Thanks Jimmy much appreciated, great to watch it go down with the other cr*p into the sewerage where the cANCer belongs, can't wait exciting times ahead.

  • sm.mncwabe - 2012-04-17 12:30

    fact is Gvt must communicate with its citizens and main stream media are not willing to do this since its more like free advertising for gvt. I am with GCIS this time. It all depends on how you look at it.

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