Too early to discuss sales - City Press

2012-05-29 07:45

Johannesburg - It was too early to determine the sales of the City Press on Sunday after a boycott called by the SACP and the ANC, said the newspaper's deputy editor Fikile Moya.

"We can comment on this after the next edition which will be next week," Moya said on Monday.

"Indications are that sales went well. There was no intimidation or abnormalities we did observe," he said.

The boycott was called on Thursday by SA Communist Party secretary Blade Nzimande, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu after the newspaper refused to remove from its website a picture depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

City Press editor Ferial Haffajee announced on Monday that the picture had been removed "out of care and as an olive branch".

On Sunday, she apologised if Zuma and his children had been caused harm by seeing the picture in the newspaper.

In a column which took the form of a letter to Zuma's daughter Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, Haffajee said she understand that what was a work of satire to her was "a portrait of pain to you".

The painting The Spear, by Cape Town artist Brett Murray caused an outcry when it went on display last week at the Goodman Gallery, in Johannesburg, as part of his exhibition Hail to the Thief II.

The gallery closed its doors on Tuesday after the portrait was defaced. The two men were arrested, as was a third person who allegedly tried to spray-paint the word "respect" on an outside wall.

Moya said he could not say whether the boycott had been lifted.

"That is for the ANC alliance to answer. When we met with the SACP it wasn't to ask them to lift the boycott, but to engage with each other's point of views.

An SACP delegation led by Nzimande met Haffajee and some of her colleagues on Monday to discuss the newspaper's coverage of the painting.

The SACP told them it remained committed to freedom of speech and artistic expression.

Mthembu said City Press should apologise to the "people of South Africa, and the ANC".

Moya responded: "We serve the SA public and we have responded to SA sentiment. Mr Mthembu is entitled to his opinions. But our constituency is to serve South Africans."

  • CathrynR - 2012-05-29 08:00

    Eagerly waiting the figures, I must say...

  • Fredster - 2012-05-29 08:24

    Best way to advertise...tell people NOT to buy your product

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-05-29 08:34

    I bought mine.........a guy in an anc shirt showed me where they were and he also bought one ....ha ha ha ha ha UP U anc

  • Shellerjc - 2012-05-29 08:40

    Thats just brilliant! Stupidity is all I can say - Lets boycott the paper so that it looses sales and just "maybe" have to lay off a few workers and then they will get "branded" for that as well. & In doing so have even more mindless people walkign the streets - Good Thinking LOL

  • Byron - 2012-05-29 08:45

    This call by both the ANC and COSATU to boycott the purchasing of City Press newspapers again shows that these organisations do not care about the poor or the workers of this country. By making this call they have not considered the consquences of decreased sales as this might have the effect of closing down this publication and that means LAYOFFS and UNEMPLOYMENT. Again these organisations display that the EGOS of individuals are more important that the potential unemployment of the staff and thier immediate families who they are support. These organisations are all self serving to specific individuals and they really do not care about the well being of the country the poor or the workers.

      Shellerjc - 2012-05-29 08:54

      Exactly what i sd - Lol

  • Jerry - 2012-05-29 09:10

    This is the biggest hogwash I have ever read because I have been in the newspaper and magazine industry for over 40 years. When you do a test on sales by phoning agents the next day you can predict the sales correctly within a very small difference to the real sales.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-05-29 09:26

    Naturally all newspapers’ sales figures are at their highest month-end so it’s not surprising that sales did well. Wait after 2 weeks and you will see the effects of a boycott, advertising revenue if ANC turns its back on City Press will plummet. City Press Editor is smart to know this, that why she nicely packed her tail between her legs and apologised, thumbs up for a good business decision otherwise your job was on the line

  • coates.dave - 2012-05-29 09:29

    well NOW I'll stop buying City Press... clearly they are not impartial like press should be ... its sad guys... very sad..

  • mikenortje - 2012-05-29 09:47

    Gotta run it past the new Editor at City Press .... Mr Jackson!!! Cowards

  • martinh82 - 2012-05-29 11:13

    Could not find a City Press, since I am a not a normal reader I thought I could counter the cANCer boycott in my small little way. Too bad.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-29 11:25

    City press should not write about the ANC at all in future, not on word not one picture about the ANC. Actually no other newspaper should either. Boycott the ANC.

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-05-29 13:59

    Our so called governing party abuses its power and support. I thought buying a newspaper was a democratic right, and I think ANC are bullies and dictators. How do you say that either you agree with me or you will suffer the consequances. The poor woman who's the editor I saw her on TV, she bowed to pressure, the sales and all! where is the democratic right to publish. No winder they are pushing for the secrecy bill, we are already seeing a sneak preview of what to expect should the bill be made law. there goes press freedom, here comes mugabe style of leadership, which by the way malema did tell us and he was fired for that.

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