Vosloo: ANC wants to be Big Brother

2014-11-05 15:51

Cape Town - South Africa's independent press will find it harder to preserve its media freedom under the ANC government in the coming years, Naspers chairperson Ton Vosloo said on Thursday.

"Government and the ANC, through its national democratic revolution, wants total control of Big Brother," he told the Cape Town Press Club in Newlands.

Vosloo will be retiring from his position soon.

"Our free and independent press and media will be facing huge challenges in the not too distant future in preserving the very freedom they enjoy to speak out against the erosion of this freedom, corruption and other ills," Vosloo said.

Criticism that transformation of the media was sorely lacking was unfounded given that most big newspaper houses had significant black ownership.

These included Media24, which was 45% black owned.

Vosloo recently retired as a director of Media 24.

"All in all those who complain about transformation should have a good look at the facts. My answer to the complaints [is] the ANC does not like a free and independent owned press," he said.

*News24 is a part of Naspers, the owner of Media24

  • Melanie Slyper - 2014-11-05 16:01

    ANC will just f it up like they do with everything they touch!

      Simon Ramapuputla - 2014-11-05 16:09

      Trasnformation will happen whether Vosloo likes it or not.

      Simon Ramapuputla - 2014-11-05 16:10

      These included Media24, which was 45% black owned. This is proof that media24 is not transformed

      Simon Ramapuputla - 2014-11-05 16:11

      70% should me black owned and we will say Media24 has transformed.

      Made-inthe South - 2014-11-05 16:13

      The media must do their jobs.Finish and Klaar.If ZANC want to interfere with that give them a big FU like you did when the Security Cluster tried to stop all photos of Nkandla from appearing.

      StormerHJ - 2014-11-05 16:24

      Sorry to say, but the ANC become more and more an unwanted monster.

      Bradley Schultz - 2014-11-05 16:25

      Simon Ramapuputla Go live in Zim for , ag, just one year and come back and tell us how wonderful your future looks.

      Yin Yang - 2014-11-05 16:28

      ANCorruption at it again...always want, always brakes...always the white man's fault if it brakes...

      Hennie Neuhoff - 2014-11-05 16:34

      Simon Ra[Maparra] What a pity you cant see the bigger picture [part of the 62%?]. Three useless comments made by you on transformation an NONE on the article! Now please make a comment on racism and apartheid to complete the picture. The bottom line of this article [which obviously you didn't get] In time to come your stupid comments will be published but I will be charged for this comment of mine.

      Melanie Slyper - 2014-11-05 16:36

      @Simon - Simon says don't write crap under my comments... if you haven't broken anything today - its still early!!!

      Herendithelesson - 2014-11-05 16:38

      Simon Ramapuputla - It is very simple, if you want shares in news24, buy them, or are you one of the looters who believes in entitlement? Never prepared to do anything for it? I deserve it whether I am capable of or competent enough.

      StormerHJ - 2014-11-05 16:50

      Hi Simon Ramapuputhla - the more transformation, the more the incompetence and the poorer the management of our country.

      Jurgen Deckerweilbach - 2014-11-05 19:14

      Simon Ramamparra.., First learn to spell before you have aspirations of even 1% of any media. O yes, it will also be useful, to invent your own written language first - instead of stealing it all from the WIT BAAS. If nobody (with a brain) has told you - it is the 21st Century; today you can run a full scale news website from a laptop ANYWHERE in the world - I dare your flat-wide-nose-knuckle-dragging clowns to try and stop it! Do yourself a favour and look up what is happening in the USA - your BOETIE OBAMA has seen his (o)bum(ma) rock solid. The USA is now more red than an EFF rally - red being the party colour of the CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS. The first world is slowly returning to sanity - iow it is becoming CONSERVATIVE, so kiss your bantu fantasy gooooooooodbye, BOY..! There is an old adage - 'be careful who you step on, on your way up, as you WILL meet them on your way down". And trust me, BOY, you are on your way down... PS: I have a feeling the VRYE WEEKBLAD may make an unexpected return soon.

  • Godfrey Welman - 2014-11-05 16:01

    Just like Zim.

  • Maketela Maleka - 2014-11-05 16:01

    another joke..

  • Godfrey Welman - 2014-11-05 16:02

    We know what happens at the SABC...hear his Masters

  • Nadiaa Moosa - 2014-11-05 16:03

    Back to the future.

  • Andre Gomes - 2014-11-05 16:04

    Zuma come back to parliament and stop drinking champagne in Burundi!!!

  • Bradly Minnaar - 2014-11-05 16:07

    Anc and alot of their followers dont like to hear the true because the media exposes them

  • Nathi Dlomo - 2014-11-05 16:09

    Well said Mr Vosloo

  • Teko Mohaeka - 2014-11-05 16:17

    The opposition must come together and topple the ANC despite their differences.What I like now is that their bedroom relations with the alliance is not rosy anymore.Lets protect our demoracy and fyt for the media

  • catcha.wakeup - 2014-11-05 16:20

    It's only when you steal and don't want to get caught, you gag people. Even in other democracies. USA, UK.... They gag the media. We are just following 1st world standards.

  • Nelis Van Zyl - 2014-11-05 16:20

    Please just shutup Simon.

      Melanie Slyper - 2014-11-05 16:31

      I agree Simon - Shhh and let the us good people chit chat on how useless your ZANC is

  • Vuyo Masebeni Mrashula - 2014-11-05 16:26

    If this what you are saying Mr Vosloo wasn't said it would be funny. If I may ask you, how come you never questioned the apartheid government when they were playing Big Brother?

      Melanie Slyper - 2014-11-05 16:32

      Cos they werent trying to f it up you chop...

      Nico Louw - 2014-11-05 17:27

      Vuyyo, Everything was working and functional 20 years ago !

  • Mfumbayelangabi Silwane - 2014-11-05 16:29

    vele ba distructive

  • amadeus.geldenhuys - 2014-11-05 16:38

    My answer to the ANC government I don't care a flying fudge for political correctness I don't care about BEE, transformation, representation and all those ill disguise concepts to marginalise the people of SA. If you want to limit me and like minded people our freedom of speech I will consider it a declaration of war

  • stompie.ferreira - 2014-11-05 16:41

    Simon you comments rather sound like a "Simple Simon says" riddle. Maybe u should firstly see the whole picture that people talk about then u can comment.... Colour has zero to do with professionally running a proper democracy Maybe u belong in Zimmies with Uncle Rob my man

  • Mariah Prudy Mahlangu - 2014-11-05 16:46

    The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses

  • John Stoltz - 2014-11-05 16:47

    Reverse apartheid at it's level best!! The press are going to fight the exact fight that the ANC was fighting for, but now the leadership wants to reverse apartheid!!

  • Jimmy James - 2014-11-05 16:49

    No more personal security for the ANC AND NO MORE PEACE?

  • themba.nsele.71 - 2014-11-05 16:57

    Voslo you have been a senior direction at media 24 and now you will retire soon. All along you enjoyed the freedm brought by ANC and you now talk bad about the ANC. I do not buy you politically, racial story

  • boitumelo.mashoala.5 - 2014-11-05 17:00

    Hehehehehe hehehehehe how I love news24. This is where whites congregate and massage each others egos. All u can do is moan and moan u can change anything. U don't have da numbers... u don't have da capacity. Anyways I'm off to another article to go laugh at more comments from u.

      Joe Black - 2014-11-05 17:09

      It is your own freedom that you are throwing away. This has nothing to do with black and white. Everybody will be effected the same way.

      johan.weakley - 2014-11-05 18:08

      People with limited intellectual capacity should not comment on these blogs. Go to a site that's meant for primary school children.

  • Theo Martinez - 2014-11-05 17:02

    china style

  • Joe Black - 2014-11-05 17:07

    And this is news how? Their machinations have been pointing to this inescapable fate for a long time now. I hate it, but it's been pretty clear that the ANC is not so much about freedom anymore. All they want to free these days is our tax money.

  • Grant Durban - 2014-11-05 17:13

    It's not a black white thing boitumelo it's an opinion of a senior executive on a ruling political party..... Not racist!

  • Grant Durban - 2014-11-05 17:14

    Why racist? Nothing racist in what was said unless you saying anc is only for black people?

  • Mfelasakhe Mahlangu - 2014-11-05 18:02

    Unfortunately media freedom does not always translate to biasness.Media in any country is a key player in political discourse be it terms of reporting or leading polical opinion. In a political discource there is no standing on the fence. Even in established democracies you still find sections of the media labelled as pro or ant-government. The extent to which accusation and counter-accusations fly between the state and media is a barometer of political stability. The battle is always there and all sides have to make sure that therre is no loseer.Unfortunately the media is not always as innocent as it always claims.

      Luka Mahlangu - 2015-07-27 15:59

      We we discussing crime and politics one day. Someone asked a question and said, what is the different between high level of crime and high standard of reporting? If the media claim that their standard of reporting is high then they must acknowledge that the rate of crime is low and vice versa. Yes the standard of reporting has significantly improved in recent times. The journalists are scattered all over the country and they report even an action of a fly. But biasness is still the order of the day. There news that is reported in dept and those that are reported just superficially.

  • Lasley O Zu - 2014-11-05 18:07

    Boo Hoo!

      JMaree - 2014-11-05 18:32

      You will really be crying once YOUR freedoms (those he is speaking about) gets taken away... FOOL!

  • Anne Pretorius - 2014-11-05 19:36

    Phakama, you havea democratic right to speak your mind. Where is your mind?

  • John Humphries - 2014-11-05 23:40

    I'm from uk married to a South African girl and looking to move over there soon to be with my wife Zumba is a laughing stock all over the world lol

  • John Humphries - 2014-11-05 23:43

    Zuma lol even autocorrect won't say it's name lmao

  • Meketsi Khoarai - 2014-11-06 09:47

    vooslo dnt tell us nothin.anc rules africa.including south africa.they hv the right to own evrything...if uu gat sumthing 2 say go bak 2 the sea this africa n uu not african.

  • Marcus Haines - 2015-07-26 23:54

    Maybe the wisemen were correct in controlling units. Via astronomy.

  • Luka Mahlangu - 2015-07-27 15:35

    I like retired people because they are likely to tell the truths they would otherwise not be able to tell when they were still employed. Cader Asmal was more vocal after retirement, Ronie Casrils is as much vocal, Mac Maharaj and Ton Vosloo have joined the choir. A trust retired people. Ton Vosloo is now going to report more freely without fear of being punished because he will not be reporting to anyone.

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