Haffajee has integrity, Miyeni says

2011-08-05 22:32

Johannesburg - City Press editor Ferial Haffajee has integrity, columnist Eric Miyeni said on Friday, days after calling her a "black snake in the grass".

"She's come out with the most integrity, and stands by her facts, as compared to the Avusa editors," Miyeni said in a telephonic interview.

He intended writing a column in the City Press this week, following an invitation from Haffajee.

"She contacted me two days ago. She was very professional. What she said was that we can come out of this positively, as compared to negatively, if we wrote side by side this weekend."

His column would reflect on this week's events.

"I'm not sure what's she's going to write, but I suspect it would be about the same."

Miyeni's column, "Haffajee does it for white masters", appeared in the Sowetan newspaper on Monday.

He wrote that "in the 80s she'd [Haffajee] probably have had a burning tyre around her neck".

"Who the devil is she anyway if not a black snake in the grass, deployed by white capital to sow discord among blacks?"

He was reacting to a City Press report last week about African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema's trust, which he was allegedly using to bankroll his lavish lifestyle.

Miyeni, who openly supported Malema in a radio interview this week, was fired by the Sowetan for his personal attack on Haffajee. The Sowetan's acting editor Len Maseko resigned on Wednesday.

Irritating distraction

"Nobody should step down. Public outcry is not a court of law. There was no regulatory body to say there was any wrongdoing," he said of Maseko's resignation.

Editor-in-chief of Avusa, which publishes the Sowetan, Mondli Makhanya, and Sowetan general manager Justice Malala, were also trying to "cover their backsides", Miyeni said.

"Where were you as the editor when it [the column] happened?"

If Makhanya did not resign, he should be fired, he said.

Wits media school head Professor Anton Harber recently called Miyeni "an irritating distraction", in a column published in Business Day.

"This former columnist has become a leading figure in the attempt to drag our national debate to the lowest depths, to trade in personal abuse and low-level threats imbued with a deep anti-intellectualism," Harber said.

Miyeni retaliated by saying Harber was unprofessional, disgusting and sensational, and that Makhanya and Malala were his "protgs".

He added that cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, or Zapiro, was a "black basher" who created scandals.

  • jockvanwyk - 2011-08-05 22:44

    you are a idiot of note and dont need any bashing as you do it to yourself.

      Mad Dog - 2011-08-06 08:13

      Miyeni back-tracks like there is no tomorrow. Now we must wait for malema and co to do the same!

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-06 11:08

      Where are all the trolls that were supporting this guy,their hero is now saying the black snake has integrity...this guy is a loser and now that they know it they shut up hahaha

  • Janine - 2011-08-05 22:58

    What a creep! He must be terrified of being sued so now he is trying to make nice. Sue him to hell and back.

  • Neil - 2011-08-05 23:08

    Typical ANC kissing @ss after they EVENTUALLY figured out how south things could go.

  • World Traveler - 2011-08-05 23:23

    Just who is the snake in the grass??

  • Pfffft - 2011-08-05 23:32

    The old sidestep... A***hole!!!

  • hookah - 2011-08-06 00:02

    "She's come out with the most integrity, and stands by her facts, as compared to the Avusa editors" .... translation: "Please don't sue me Ms Haffajee. You're a great editor, unlike those editors at Avusa... It's their fault I called you a "black snake in the grass", they didn't do their jobs properly." Where's the apology to her person?

      Asterix - 2011-08-06 01:35

      It was not him that said those awful things it was the tokoloshi so how can we even think of asking him to apologize @ Mandla first learn to spell before venturing into written debates/comments

  • Roy - 2011-08-06 06:09

    What an a--hole this Eric Miyeni must be. First he tells Ferial Haffajee what a "snake etc" she is then says that she has so much integrity. Can't he make up his mind before calling people names or does he just jump into the deep end?

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  • Mad Dog - 2011-08-06 08:12

    Miyeni back-tracks like there is no tomorrow. Now we must wait for malema and co to do the same!

  • BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-06 08:17

    Next thing you know, he will be employed by City Press, writing a regular column for them & this will be yet another " fine " example of reconciliation & forgiveness that this wonderful country is so well know for. Sick !!!!!

  • John - 2011-08-06 09:26

    One wonders if Miyeni knows what the word "integrity" means. I seriously doubt it.

  • 1SAIBn88 - 2011-08-06 11:31

    Miyeni you are a black snake! YOU are everything you said about Haffajee AND MORE! How can you write such things about her and immediately afterwards you say that she is a woman of integrity?? Kinda sorry you wrote that crap now are you? You aplologise to her now!

  • avoomu - 2011-08-06 16:20

    Gerald. Yes, Miyeni is now creaming his jeans! Suddenly brown nosing Haffajee. Sue the wanker!

  • Yvonne - 2011-08-06 17:19

    I'm afraid you "bash" yourself

  • Zebelon - 2011-08-06 17:49

    "Integrity" and "black snake in the grass" are never found in the same world. There is definately something wrong with that bespectacled head of Miyeni. In another sense, the latest is his fibble way of trying to bamboozle the public. How pathetic!

  • ndecza - 2011-08-07 07:32

    Eric you are man and do not apologize for what? speaking ur mind.I still when a black person says something about a white person you get fired, but when a white person says somethings about a black person he is right, Batho ba heso hare buleng matlo re sheba hantle.They will never like us, I will never like them fact.

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