Manyi: ENews censored itself

2012-05-25 12:47

Johannesburg - Government stands by its position that eNews channel "censored itself" by not showing advocate Gcina Malindi breaking down in court, spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said on Friday.

"Government has noted eNews' opportunistic and disingenuous call for the retraction of the statement issued by GCIS [Government Communication and Information System] yesterday, with regards to censoring the visuals that show the deep pain and emotion expressed by advocate Gcina Malindi," he said in a statement.

Malindi broke down in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday while arguing for the ANC's application to have Brett Murray's The Spear painting removed from public display. It depicts President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

Government had argued that not showing the footage took away a chance to see the "culmination of the sentiment of humiliation and denigration of the dignity of President Jacob Zuma, his office and the African culture that is shared by millions of South Africans".

Judge ordered footage not be shown

He said government was also disappointed that Judge Neels Claassen was given incorrect information that the clip was broadcast on eNews, when it fact it was never shown.

When Malindi returned to court, Claassen ordered that footage of the incident not be shown.

"It has been brought to the court's notice that the portion where the ANC and Zuma's advocate Gcina Malindi broke down has been televised. And, as a full court, we are of the view that should not be further televised," Claassen said.

Manyi said: "In light of this, government stands by its position that eNews indeed did censor the coverage ahead of the judge's decision. GCIS will however respect the decision of the judge."

Shortly after the adjournment to allow Malindi to compose himself, Manyi issued a statement saying government believed was biased and had failed to broadcast a true reflection of the court proceedings.

ENews responds

eNews later explained they had previously been criticised by the judiciary for airing sensational material unrelated to matters being argued.

"Firstly, eNews respects the rule of law. Advocate Malindi’s breakdown was unexpected and caught our team off-guard. The decision was taken not to broadcast the clip until we had clarity from the judges," group head of news Patrick Conroy said.

It was mindful that the court might have taken a dim view of this being broadcast, regardless of editorial opinion.

"What the Government Communication and Information System fails to recognise is that normal editorial rules do not apply when filming in court. There are judicial sensitivities we must be mindful of and respect," Conroy said.

  • tobydt - 2012-05-25 12:52

    Manyi, you would have been infringing on the mans right to dignity if you wanted the cameras to film him. Unless of course it was all staged and you wanted the cameras to see him.

      Citizen - 2012-05-25 13:04

      The cynic in me says this is exactly what the Zuma camp wanted, a wailing lawyer on national tv and we would have the 'masses' burning down every 'racist' painting in the country..Too bad ha ha for them that E-TV saw through this sham

      Jack - 2012-05-25 14:46

      I dont understand, blacks say the painting is a mockery on their tradition and culture, but i wouldn't be proud of a culture that still believes in witchcraft and using small boys genitials as muti!! But then again who am i.

      Jacques - 2012-05-25 17:54

      I guess him crying cost about R10000 or do you think it will be deducted from the legal fees. O no it wont it is redistribution of my tax funds of coarse. Who cares what it costs. He is laughing all the way to the bank as now it is postponed and he can do more research and preparing for the case which will again cost us the tax payer thousands. Its a wonderfull system is it not. Blank checque from my tax funds spend by people i dont vote for. Hey what a wonderfull day in the ANC paradise

      Alf - 2012-05-26 08:29

      You may be on the right track here! Zuma and his cronies will milk any opportunity to portray themselves as victims and Manyi may be accused of many things, but subtlety is not one of them!

  • Paul - 2012-05-25 12:53

    Is nothing else happening in the world?

  • Gerhard - 2012-05-25 12:53

    Big deal, he cried in court, the average South African cries every day over the state of our country.

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-25 13:00

      Manyi, why not showing all the parents, wifes, husbands on TV crying of all the crime and pain in SA. You are brain dead moron. Look at the country. She is crying under ANC thiefs!!!

      pablo.chavez.9081 - 2012-05-25 13:38

      You gonna watch Etv only because you cannt afford realy tv guy

  • tobydt - 2012-05-25 12:54

    Secondly, a grown man crying doesnt give any merits to a court case. The painting is about Zuma, not about the advocate. This is all actually one big farce. And Manyi is a fool.

      Bambanani - 2012-05-25 13:39

      thats make you very intelligent.,in your dream.

      snylo - 2012-05-25 15:17

      @Bambanani .. intelligent write you do indeed .. NOT! Eish!

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-25 17:19

      Who has the time to watch Local TV anyway...?????

  • brainbowgold - 2012-05-25 12:55

    Let us please be transparent, however Zollywoodish it may seem at the time!

  • Phumlani - 2012-05-25 13:00

    Racist comments from bitter people, Charles bronson get a life sinudeity u will always be a moron

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-25 13:03

      In chinese you spell moron: Phumlani

      Christopher - 2012-05-25 13:06


      tobydt - 2012-05-25 13:09

      The love of Manyi is the root of all evil :P

      Christopher - 2012-05-25 13:14

      Phum the Pu**i, I think you meant to start off with "Racists comments from the better people" you mispelled Better for bitter..

      Bambanani - 2012-05-25 13:40

      phumlani if you see many attacks,it just mean you hit the real racist nerve

      Christopher - 2012-05-25 13:49

      No I am just having fun...itd friday nogal...Take a chill pill!!

      snylo - 2012-05-25 15:19

      And Pumlani and Bambanani shall remain forever bluffed by the farce! It must suck having low intelligence.

  • Sagren - 2012-05-25 13:00

    Manyi,you rather humiliate a fellow human being, on national television, over a silly issue that only serves the elite in the ANC.The ANC had made this a legal issue, so continue your battle in court. Common sense should prevail at all times.

  • Motho - 2012-05-25 13:02

    We know eNews has had its own favourites characters!

      desmond.joshua2 - 2012-05-25 13:05

      motho,in your case it must be black ne"whena

  • Phillys - 2012-05-25 13:03

    At least the Prez is well hung!! If it had been Mangy Manyi's penis on the picture, we would all be out buying magnifying glasses!!!!

  • Bennie - 2012-05-25 13:08

    We will Cry for ZUMA !!!!! - Worse acting than WWF

  • Phumlani - 2012-05-25 13:09

    Charles I know how angry u are, u are consumed by deep hatred for blacks, b careful u might cause a heart attack for you self

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-25 13:15

      Phumlani - Get back into your shack troll!

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-25 13:17

      No Phumlani, I love my fellow country men, does not matter what colour. I am angry for the ANC thiefs!! I am ancry for dictators! Go to the township close to you and see the people how they living. No do the same and go to the corrupted ANC thiefs and tell me what you see. That is anger!!1

      Christopher - 2012-05-25 13:26

      @Charles...there is no getting throught to agents like this.. There is no dialogue, they dumb unto themselves.

      Bambanani - 2012-05-25 13:33

      charles,you cant tell phumlani to go township thats were he either live or has relative he knows well the condition there,tell your fellow racist to visit township and the suffering your criminal racist forefathers left for the anc to rectify,more than 100yrs of conilisation and more than 40yrs of legalize criminality by your relatives has caused what you see in the township.

      Wilhelm - 2012-05-25 13:37

      Nice one charles. Yea. while the anc think only of them selves there are thousands of people suffering in south africa, ( including Africans) No no one should make this a race issue. I feel sorry for ppl who can't live past 1994. Seems the majority can't for some reason

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-25 17:24

      I have a much better life. Most of us realize everyone will get their own soon. have any of you commenting even been to a township ??? Speaking from Ignorance ain't cool.

      grant.hide - 2012-05-25 20:31

      I used to go to the townships all the time, And they are in a better state than they were 18 years ago in the western cape, that for sure. You see, if you are paid to troll, u will troll. The DA were paid to provide services, and guess what, they living in the same areas as us. Not up in the hills far away from the struggle!!!! ing citizens. You see, they are not struggling for food or a place to stay, they are struggling to cover up the evidance of them looting the money that supposed to go towards your water and upholding the law to protect you and your rights. That how idiotic this argument is. You want more, but what u actually voting for is childish and lame. They only have 2 things to say, you are either mad or they pull that famous card we all know to well. Childish and idiotic.

  • Jacques - 2012-05-25 13:09

    His cries were to try and influence the judge, because there no case! f-moron!

  • crazyjourno - 2012-05-25 13:12

    OMG. Gee vir almal n PK om by te kom!! Jeez! Verstaan niemand wat die satire is nie...

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-25 13:15

    Again I ask....What dignity are you all on about?

  • Piet - 2012-05-25 13:17

    This breakdown will from now on be known as "Pulling a Malindi". Can be used in any situation where you do not understand a question, do not have a real answer, panic, or just don't know what the hell you are talking about, or have no case at all and want to remove yourself from the proceedings, works very well when you cannot find an alternative excuse. This must be a first. This guy has no credibility left.

  • leigh.paikin - 2012-05-25 13:19

    Who cares if he cries in court. Thats so not professional and befitting of an advocate in the high court, plus its probably staged for the sympathy vote. I dont want to see it on any bulletin.

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-25 13:39

      They want to see if they stand a change to win a Oscar!!

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-05-25 13:24

    It is just pathetic how the ANCorruption are politicising something as simple as a picture showing showerhead as the public perceive him. I think it is being milked to draw attention away from other issues, like how these morons are crippling the country.

  • Jay - 2012-05-25 13:24

    Dear Jimmy Manyi, How do you live daily knowing that you are the Spokesperson of a CORRUPT, CRONY SUPPORTING, DECAYING DISGRACED & 2 FACED ANC Government that is a FAR FAR CRY from the ANC that Dr Lithuli & Madiba & Sisulu dreamt of? Added to this YOU are the MOST CONTROVERSIAL "YES MAN" ( "YES BOSS" ) Puppet who has failed in the Corporate World but seem to hold onto a CRONY JOB due to your AA / EE / BBBEE / connection. In simple English, You are have 2 Brain Cells, Both of them left at home! But ENJOY the Sunshine.... Well at least until MANGUANG! Thereafter YOU and YOUR ineffective Political Cronies will be UNEMPLOYED! I Rest My Case! By the way, DO NOT BUY an e TAG! EVER!

  • Dhavandran - 2012-05-25 13:26

    the anc's farce of croc tears did not fool e-tv. sorry manyi. you got caught out.

  • Wilhelm - 2012-05-25 13:27

    Shame. He feels sorry for himself and want the world to feel sorry for him as well. If you can't grip the work. Get a desk job somewhere.

  • Freddie - 2012-05-25 13:28

    So Manyi you do want sensationalism, but only when it suits you?

  • Wilhelm - 2012-05-25 13:29

    Shame. He feels sorry for himself and want the world to feel sorry for him as well. If you can't grip the work. Get a desk job somewhere.

  • Erna - 2012-05-25 13:31

    Damned if you do, and damned if you don't.

  • dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-25 13:33

    You are lying, as usual. He wasn't crying because of ANYTHING to do with Zuma's dignity. He was crying because of bad memories from the time HE HIMSELF were trialed in that very court, particularly when he reflected how the constitution has NOT reached millions of South Africans in almost TWENTY YEARS since the ANC came to rule. In fact, from an ANTI-ANC perspective, it was dawning on him for the very first time how the ANC has failed South Africans, and how people became more important than performance.

      HugoMabasa - 2012-05-25 13:34


  • dave.leverton - 2012-05-25 13:34

    So let me get this right... Manyi says it's an outrage that Zuma was humiliated but we must all see the lawyer humiliated ?

  • kobus.oosthuizen.58 - 2012-05-25 13:34

    if all else fails and you see that you are about to lose your case, cry like a little baby! is this a joke? a lawyer resorts to tears because he is too inadequate to use words of reason to make his case...really?!

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-25 13:38

      O yes it was a joke. Folding his arm to feel his own comfort. I think JZ made a fool out of the poor guy.

  • Wayne - 2012-05-25 13:37

    cry me a river honestly.... his tears were about issues totally unrelated to the case. The judge said as much. The picture has gone viral and there is nothing the ANC can do about it. It has flown around the world a thousand times. Just type the words "zuma spear images" in the google search bar and the image is displayed numerous times on different websites. The painting is a metaphor that needs to be understood before it is ridiculed. The ANC by making so much noise about it has been the chief antagonist in the world wide interest it has drawn. This is how Zuma will be remembered in years to come. The man who wanted to dominate till jesus returned while increasing his hedonistic pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification. It is what it is.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-25 13:41

    on the one hand we have a serial philanderer and on the other we have a f*cking cry baby!! What next?

  • David - 2012-05-25 13:42

    Maybe goverment should concentrate on governing the country and not on BS like this. More tax payers money being wasted and the courts been clogged with absolute rubbish.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-05-25 13:43

    Oh cry me a F*@king river. This whole thing is just one big show. I bet the lawyer was paid to cry just to get publicity. Typical of the ANC to stoop this low. This whole thing has been blown way out of proportion. But what can you say, its just typical ANC and how to waste money. Its also amazing the amount of SH*! that come out your mouth manyi, you'll say anything for you corrupt ANC commarads

  • Gavin - 2012-05-25 13:46

    hey manyi - you are depsiving some village of its idiot ! you tread on dangerous ground here mr. anc mouthpiece, this is a DEMOCRACY not like your brother from anothetr mother in zimbabwe. if freedom is outlawed, then I guess only outlaws will be free ! I'd suggest we all watch the movie v for vendetta this weekend, you too manyee you schmuck.

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-25 17:18

    Who watches Local TV ???

  • Cronje - 2012-05-25 18:05

    Grown men cry. Advocates, doctors, farmers, teachers etc. If you have never shed a tear for what you believe in or what you feel passionate about, then you have no passion. I do not support the Zuma side but Advocate Malindi's 'breakdown'had nothing to do with sides; he had no argument. I was actually shocked when he said that African culture was inferior. He lost the plot. That's all that happened. Never happened to you? Put yourself in his shoes. The whole nation: watching. The president: your client. There being no case as the painting had been removed already. I think it was quite valiant of e-News not to show it and Jimmy Manyii is the racist hole he will always be. Btw, Ben Murray should just immigrate. We don't need his type in this country. Has he shown his pathetic face - 'gevreet' - anywhere? No. He's cowering in the corner apologising for something he knew would happened. What a CAN't. Can't think. Can't paint. Can't fix his mess.

  • Vince.York - 2012-05-26 07:06

    ANC = Showtime as it's "Priority" - - AND disingenuously focuses attention away from all the other images depicting the thievery and failed service in the "HAIL TO THE THIEF ||" showstopper.

  • Chris - 2012-05-26 07:10

    Many I needs to learn that as a presser he is a source of information not the focus of the news!

  • Ruaan.KrieldeAndrade - 2012-05-26 12:24

    Manyi is such a clever oke.

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