UDM: Ignore call to boycott City Press

2012-05-25 18:01

Johannesburg - People must ignore the ANC's call to boycott City Press over an image on its website depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, the United Democratic Movement said on Friday.

"Both the SACP and the ANC appear to be using the saga between President Zuma and cartoonists to fight their own battles with the City Press, which exposed their hypocrisy on many issues," UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said.

"Their call would have resonated with the people in the pre-1994 era when they still served as a moral compass for South Africans. However, given the extent of corruption in government together with its poor service delivery record, attempts by a compromised leadership to call for a newspaper boycott are unlikely to succeed."

People knew the same newspaper brought them news about corruption in government, including the involvement of tripartite alliance partners' investment arms in government tenders, said Holomisa.


The Congress of the People said people should defend their right to know and buy the City Press.

"To call for a boycott is synonymous to denying citizens to know the views of others on contentious issues that are in the public discourse. Rather, we would like to advise the ruling party to engage [rather] than shut the paper out," said a statement from Buks Mahlangu, Cope spokesperson.

He said it was particularly disappointing that while there was a quest for information and contesting of ideas, the leading party was seeking to stop people from reading and participating in debates, through the print media, on issues that affected their day-to-day life.

The ANC has applied to the High Court in Johannesburg to force City Press to remove the image of the Brett Murray painting "The Spear" from its website.

They also called for the boycott unless the publication complied with this demand and apologised.

City Press has so far refused.

  • eil33nn - 2012-05-25 18:49

    I like the noises COPE is making, first Cele and now this...keep it up guys!

  • Goboza Mashaba - 2012-05-25 18:54

    look who's talking! me en 20 of my friends wont buy city press! we cant condone such a redicule and continue to raise their sales with rubbish. we are Africans and the picture is unAfrican.

      Jack - 2012-05-25 18:56

      Actually, the picture is very African.

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-25 19:02

      Goboza, you'll be surprised but the majority of people buy newspapers to read them. It is obvious that you and your friends only look at the pictures. go back to school, maybe one day you'll be able to read too...

      Jack - 2012-05-25 19:03

      It portrays the immorality of Zuma and has been covered up.

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-25 19:10

      @Goboza, well then you and your 20 friends do fall in the category of stupid and ignorant. Why would you stop buying a newspaper that expose your govament corruption, or do you agree that they can steal as much as they can as long as it is in the name of All National Criminals.

      Judith - 2012-05-25 19:41

      If a man loses his dignity, it is because of his actions. If a woman gains dignity, it is because of what she does. Woman does not care; man thinks himself superior and stands on his self defined dignity. When he loses it, he must correct himself by asking why

      Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-05-25 21:52

      you just admitted you and 20 of your friends are idiots

      Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-05-25 21:56

      you just admitted you and 20 of your friends are idiots

      Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-05-25 22:02

      you just admitted you and twenty of your friends are idiots

      arne.verhoef - 2012-05-25 23:21

      You sir, are not an african, but simply an idiot.

      swmabotja - 2012-05-26 08:02

      oh how quick are we to run behind the cloak of Africanism, when it suits us best. Meanwhile they're conducting unAfrican behaviour by ripping off their own people, stealing public funds and depriving them of basic services and jobs. Stop lying about Africa.

      Eye's Que - 2012-05-27 08:09

      Gosh Goboza, which Continent do you live on? I'll buy 20 copies today to make up for the short fall and I'll will give them to my friends instead, so that they to can see what a clear thinking, interesting, factual newspaper we are all lucky to have in this Country. Thanks for giving up your copies!!!

  • mmenzisco - 2012-05-25 19:22

    Where are they when all other issues are discussed? I didn't know they still exist. I only know ANC and DA. Are they trying to come out of their corner where they been hiding.

  • Ron - 2012-05-25 19:37

    As a DIRECT result of this request, my company will start advertising with City Press. Watch this space!

      chikunga - 2012-05-25 19:46

      Obviously your does not seek to advertise, that wouldnt be a good move from a business point of view. Unless you imply people will be sympathetic with city press

      Morné - 2012-05-26 23:17

      @ chikunga: yep, tomorrow I buy the City Press - for the first time!

  • Judith - 2012-05-25 19:39

    The patriarchs are NOT going to crush the women who lead again. We know our rights and we demand respect. Gone are the days when we were intimidated by your backward thinking. Women are 51% of the population and we are a force to be worked with to create a future for all. In fact we don't care about any thing so stupid as pictures, we care for our communities and their upliftment, for mothers and children, for the future and not our "dignity". Women don't care about dignity because we given birth and that most undignified gives it to us.

  • Kagiso Tlhakung - 2012-05-25 20:09

    Holomisa is an irrelevant puppet who no real support whose gonna listen to an ant screaming??? We only listen to lions that roar ANC and Cosatu. We can't hear u Holomisa speak up...u attention seeker.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-25 20:28

      Lions that roar? more like skunks farting!

      Steven - 2012-05-25 20:36

      "lions roar" ... you must be confused with the laughter of hyenas as they are stealing from you

      Bantu H Holomisa - 2012-05-26 13:58

      Kagiso u r living in fool's paradise . The so called lions are tearing each other apart. Why? Not because of ideological differences but about who wins the most lucrative tender, such as in the e-tolling saga. Don't u know that both ANC and COSATU's investment arms have been exposed by the media, as companies w ho have steak in this controversial transaction . Or u simple want to bury ur head in the sand. Are u not aware that your lions are also fleecing the poor in the Eskom/Hitachi deal. Wake-up puppet when we buy the ever increasing electricity ur lions roar to the bank.At whose expense? The merger between NP and these lions of yours seem to confuse u guys. The Nats have simply transferred the corruption skills they have perfected over decades to what I would call desperate Comrades in Corruption.

      lwpretorius - 2012-05-27 01:42

      Many in the past have not listened to ants screaming and then found themselves with ants in their pants when they wanted to dance. some of the ANC's best friends are no more as they have been destroyed by ants. (See M Gaddafi)

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-05-25 21:40

    kagiso lions roar f**k thats funny you are really blind skunks farting classic laughing at kagiso ignorance and the best portrail of the anc skunks farting briliant

  • brainbowgold - 2012-05-25 21:41

    It doesn't matter. The ANC followers are illiterate and only respond to pictures! I look forward to my next City Press read.

      Comrade - 2012-05-26 18:34

      Bye bye city press,ANC,SACP the people's leaders have spoken,Holomisa who are you speaking for,Cope of Lekota go toconference you idiot

  • Nicolaas - 2012-05-25 21:58

    Hi, here is my add that is going to be run for 4 weeks in City Press! Zoomer Bloomer's for sale. Exellent value @ R1,20 each. One size fits all! made in China! Order online via City Press only

  • Diego - 2012-05-26 01:53

    what have you done for the people Holomisa. during single handedly fPPPcked Umtata whne you had power given by the old master. you should have left politics longtime ago

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-26 02:26

    Boycott the ANC is more appropriate!!

  • Garth Dean Mulholland - 2012-05-26 06:26

    Diego, it seems to that you might just be retarded

  • john.radebe - 2012-05-26 08:08

    The ANC was founded by men of principles and integrity. It produced great leaders, but those who lead it now have made me to abhore even the mention of it. Abuse of power, dishonest gain, irresponsible talk that may incite violence, etc. We need viosinary leadership that crosses barriers of race nd culture to steer us to the right direction. The painting plus City Press r nt the problem. The problem is leadership!

      Dee - 2012-05-26 15:07

      Bravo John! The real obscenity in this matter is a deliberate 'leadership' response to "Mobilise a Mob" - and for the purpose of obfuscating REAL obscenities of epidemic robbing from school children, the poorest and weakest in society, and every taxpayer. Gutter level manipulation of emotion to garner sympathy votes is extremely poor leadership. UGH!!!

  • Bantu H Holomisa - 2012-05-26 09:55

    Diego Holomisa and his colleagues did the following: a. Toppled both corrupt George Matanzima and Stella Sigcau governments. As a result Chief Matanzima was sentenced to 9 years in prison for embezzling government monies. Unlike today where ur leaders toy toy and play a victim ticket, whenever they are expected to answer their wrong doing. b. Crime free Transkei. c. Freed the airwaves as a result we had a free violent transition between 1987 and 1994 whilst other Bantustans were involve in violence and destroying people and govt's properties

      Bantu H Holomisa - 2012-05-26 10:34

      Further Diego Be reminded that it was this same Bantustan which allowed free political space for liberation movements. In the field of Education teachers were doing their work that is why many families in SA sent their children to that region , because the discipline was the order of the day . Be informed that many of the owners of the black chartered accounting firms in this country are gradients of the then University of Transkei . Indeed some of them were given bursaries by the said Bantustan government . In the field employment , we created many jobs for std school leavers . However since 1994 when this country hastily and blindly embraced globalization millions have lost their jobs and in the process lose their dignity. I thought I should educate u a little bit. Umtata was well run then . It was a crime free town with no potholes . During our time in government u would not allow a minister or DGs to be involved in allocation of tenders like it is today. There was a Tender Board to handle tenders. In the event of a complaint the Auditor General would investigate immediately. Lastly remember comrade this is the Bantustan which provided security to the leadership of the liberation movement when the NP of Martinus wanted to scupper the negotiations. How nice it is today that the ANC is busy chowing the carcass of the NP. I hope u will emerge empowered in this debate. Finally I sleep peacefully everyday --without fearing that one day my house would be surrounded by Hawks who are looking for government stolen monies as it is common in this Government of Comrades in Corruption.

      Comrade - 2012-05-26 18:50

      Bantu the tribal dictator,are you not tired of serving your apartheid masters?your statement clearly tells how much you still misses apartheid,ZUMA fought apartheid,you supported apartheid,go join cope,maybe you will convince Lekota to conference

      melania.nel - 2012-05-27 08:45

      They will continue to be blind to progress. I salute all the opposition parties and wish them luck in their efforts to build this country to a success.

  • donald.perumal - 2012-05-26 13:23

    Hi Bantu Ignore it your peril!

  • tebogo.maja.77 - 2012-05-27 00:43

    I do not agree with the picture as i believe that when you draw other people like that you should ask for their permission. The picture is a violation on President Zuma's dignity. With that said, i also do not agree that the ANC should call for a boycott of city press. These are issues that should be debated and not censored. " When is freedom of speech no longer that and starts being disrespectful and degrading on people?" These are things that we as a country should debate. Overall i believe we have more pressing issues that people should march for, like the high rate of unemployment, the lack of service delivery and the high violence agaisnt women.

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