Govt wants to bribe papers - Sanef

2011-06-10 07:27

Johannesburg - The government's R1bn a year advertising budget is a plan to bribe newspapers to publish only its view of news and affairs, the SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said on Thursday night.

Sanef said it condemned the plan to allocate the budget in a way which favoured newspapers which assisted the government "in getting its message across" and which "told the truth about service delivery".

This meant newspapers would be bribed to become government propagandists or mouthpieces, it said in a statement.

"This would be a serious offence against the freedom of the media clause in the Constitution, which the government has sworn to uphold.

"Freedom means liberty and particularly conduct where financial inducement or threat plays no part."

Announcing the plan on Thursday, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi reportedly appealed to the media to not only criticise, but report on important information which South Africans deserved to know.

He voiced concern that some media organisations criticised information from the government instead of reporting it to the public.

Service delivery

While the government welcomed media criticism, it was also important for the media to "pass on" government information, especially on service delivery, he said.

"We have content, please pass it on ... Government is serious about information getting to the people, we don't apologise about that."

Manyi said approval of the strategy would result in "a return to government's centralised approach to media buying".

"[Government Communication and Information Services (GCIS)] will procure media space/airtime for national departments in order to realise economies of scale. Government, through the GCIS, will monitor and enforce adherence to the government brand," he said.

Sanef said journalists and newspaper managements would view with "abhorrence" this attempt to coerce the press, which would contravene the Press Code of Conduct and the Advertising Standards Authority's rules.

The plan ignored the consequences for the government's reputation overseas, especially among investors, and that of the news media, which was highly regarded internationally.

Another result being overlooked was the effect on the European Union, which was steadfast in upholding media freedom and would reject as unacceptable government bribery of the press.

"That would mean the end of any prospect that Planning Minister Trevor Manuel would become a senior officer of the International Monetary Fund," Sanef said.

Failed attempts

It reminded the government that several attempts to use the threat to withdraw advertising as a means of punishing newspapers for being outspoken and critical of official malpractice and corruption in South Africa had failed.

In Botswana, the Supreme Court had forced the government to abandon such practices, it said.

"Sanef calls on the government to drop this scheme immediately and to revert to accepted professional principles in the placing of advertising before further harm is done.

"It is also urged to refrain from persisting with its hostility towards the press."

In 2007, the then minister in the presidency Essop Pahad said he was considering stopping the government's advertising in the Sunday Times, after critical reports about the then health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.

Later that year, the possibility was raised of a media appeals tribunal to replace the existing self-regulation of the media.

In 2010 a working paper on the issue was published, but earlier this year ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the ANC would stick to the current model if the press council imposed measures that "discourage irresponsible reporting".

  • michaelx - 2011-06-10 07:43

    Did anyone really expect honesty and integrity from a corrupt and very evil anc?Nope they will always be our shame to the world.

      Creeky - 2011-06-10 08:35

      Now everyone understands and knows the reason that the GUPTA'S launched their "NEW AGE" newspaper.... New Age will offer the Govt the BEST RATES for their ad's.... INCLUDING ALL TENDER INFORMATION.... FORCING people to purchase the New Age to read about the said tenders!!!!! Charr-O's are clever... grease the Govt's AR5E.... in turn get the ad's... Zimboland here we come!!!!

      farmworker - 2011-06-10 09:00

      "it condemned the plan to allocate the budget in a way which favoured newspapers which assisted the government "in getting its message across" and which "told the truth about service delivery Are this people smoking something, how can they complain about that. Yes it is only fair that preference should be given to newpapers that tell the truth about service delivery, we don't want bais newspaper that fabricate stories period. Thumbs up my Government

      USSA - 2011-06-10 09:03

      Integrity? Honesty? They have to be in school or have gone to school to spell or understand those words. Instead they just ignore them, like the untrue theory of the 'ostrich with it head in the sand'....if you can't see it, it doesn't matter.

      Jayden - 2011-06-10 09:05

      The ruling party should change their name to the CNA party because they are an open book on how not to run a country.

      cliffarc - 2011-06-10 10:22

      - And let's remember it's our tax money they're using to pay for all their propaganda.

      Matt - 2011-06-10 12:01

      @ Creeky - to add, anybody who buys the New Age is an idiot. It was clear before it was even launched that it would be biased towards the ANC. And even in the billboards on the way to work, you can see their bias...

      truerealist - 2011-06-10 14:29

      I read about this in the past, a bit of dejavu - information scandal, Citizen newspaper. These youngsters don't know their history or they are copy cats!

      za101 - 2011-06-10 20:33

      go to AVAAZ.ORG to sign petition to challenge the media laws.

  • jimini-c - 2011-06-10 07:45

    As per the usual paranoia that everyone is out to get them, if they actually do something worthwhile and then called a press conference and not call a press conference about what you intend doing and then do nothing, it would all be reported for free. Instead of spending R1billion rand on reporting "positive" things on service delivery why not spend it on actual service delivery?

      farmworker - 2011-06-10 09:00

      "it condemned the plan to allocate the budget in a way which favoured newspapers which assisted the government "in getting its message across" and which "told the truth about service delivery Are this people smoking something, how can they complain about that. Yes it is only fair that preference should be given to newpapers that tell the truth about service delivery, we don't want bais newspaper that fabricate stories period. Thumbs up my Government

      Mad Hatter - 2011-06-10 09:24

      @farmworker - I'm gonna use small words so you can understand . Its called a pay-off , you are paying to influence the objectivity of news and as such that news/media looses its credibility. The govt has its own means of 'getting its message across' (campaigning,press conference ect) and the truth about service delivery is in the evidense , on the streets and not in a 'bought' piece of propoganda journalism which lacks any credibility.

      Grayman - 2011-06-10 10:12

      @ farmworker: In order to be a troll you have to be clever. Your pathetic copy&paste on everyone's post is not only bothersome, it also shows you up as a wannabe troll.

      WarPig - 2011-06-10 21:01

      @farmworker You're too stupid to see the true strategy being rolled out by your beloved commie oppressive regime. You deserve them.

      Frungy - 2011-06-12 08:01

      @jimini-c - Exactly. Service delivery should be something you can see when you turn on your taps or lights, it shouldn't be something you have to read about happening somewhere else in the newspaper.

      Frungy - 2011-06-12 08:04

      @ Farmworker - "Are this people smoking something, how can they complain about that. Yes it is only fair that preference should be given to newpapers that tell the truth about service delivery, we don't want bais newspaper that fabricate stories period. Thumbs up my Government" Umm.. you're missing the point. The ANC will pay newspapers who say the ANC is doing a good job. This isn't about the truth, in fact it's the exact opposite. If newspapers get paid to say, "The ANC is doing GREAT!!" regardless of the truth then unethical newspapers will do exactly that... and ethical newspapers will be at a disadvantage for reporting the truth that the ANC isn't doing a good job, and will go out of business. Since a free media is a VERY important part of Democracy this is a HUGE betrayal of democracy.

  • Vicker - 2011-06-10 07:45

    Oh for whom the bell tolls.....

  • skully - 2011-06-10 07:46

    Thin end of the wedge. Our presss freedom is heading down the Zimbabwe route. This is just another small step.

      Felix - 2011-06-10 08:51

      senkgisha, you are part of the problem. Try working and stop expecting everything for free.

      Dave - 2011-06-10 09:25

      @ Senkgihsa - it's individuals like yourself that expect everything to land on your lap, stop dreaming and been so angry and do some real work to get somewhere in life. Your comments are not welcome here, idiot

      Worldwise - 2011-06-10 11:19

      @ Senkgisha. Its very difficult to loot or steal something from someone that has nothing. Now please tell me all about the cities, mansions, farms, roads and all the other nice things the blacks had when the whites arrived to steal it all away from them? How can you ever be the rightful owner of things you never owned?

  • Jakes - 2011-06-10 07:47

    These wannabe communist dictators would like nothing more than to rip up the current flag and replace it with an hammer and sickle. Slowly but surely the ANC is propping it self up to become the next tyrant of Africa.

      Felix - 2011-06-10 08:53

      Sunkgeyser, I think you are 16 and hve no idea what the world is about.

      Dave - 2011-06-10 09:27

      who would like to contribute towards a one way ticket for Senkgisha to go and immigrate to Zim? I think his brothers are waiting for him, after all they on the same page.

      Lab-Rat - 2011-06-10 09:35

      I think you're just a lazy prick senkgisha who can't do anything for yourself and therefore rely on handouts in order to live your pathetic hate filled lifestyle.

      WarPig - 2011-06-10 21:10

      Right on Jakes. Except that the regime is moving at a rapid rate towards this end rather than slowly. This commie and oppressive regime's stranglehold is tightening by the day. We have precious little time left to oppose this decay. We must take action now. Viva MGM!! Viva!!

  • GT - 2011-06-10 07:51

    This government is one of lies and secrecy. It is a cesspool of corruption and criminality. Denying that fact is the firs problem. They now seem fixated on taking the entire country deep into the 3rd world, destroying everything associated with a free and open society. ANC supporters need to sort this out from the inside, failure to do so will result in a ruling elite that will make apartheid look like a childs assignment. Being oppressed by your own race is going be confusing and frightening.

      OuWitBooi - 2011-06-10 08:52

      If this carries on we will have 10,000 senkgisha's filling our newspapers with this racist nonsense. Rather let the senkgisha's and his comrades emigrate to Zimbabwe where they already have the system in place for them to enjoy. Leave South Africa for the South Africans who want to live in a true democracy.

      Lab-Rat - 2011-06-10 09:36

      senkgisha - make sure you know how to spell before you point out someone else's lack of intelligence. You brainwashed little sheep.

      Rapier - 2011-06-10 09:57

      @senkgisha, now spell after us: A_N_A_L_Y_S_I_S - got that? right - Oh, you need it again.... Your analysis reads like a Grade "r" Poepol. It does not do your argument any good by being so blatantly racist either - or did you learn that in the same class as your friend Malema. We ALL need to learn to live with one another - how we ALL can make a difference and help EACH other. ONE DAY my friend, RACE will not be an issue. You just need to learn that YOUR vote could make all the difference, and that we can ALL get much further by talking sense, and looking how we can MAKE jobs, instead of just standing on a platform and telling people that they "will be getting 5 000 000 jobs" as the ANC politicos tell us. Rather bring back the apprentice schemes, the Teachers training Colleges, the Nurse's Training Colleges. Make army training compulsory for 2 years, and teach a trade or similar in that period. The example is there for us to emulate in Singapore - THEY are passionate about education - I personally train Coloureds, Pinkies, Blackies, Chinese (80 coming from China in January 2011 - I will teach them English) so, care to join our South African "melting pot?" @sengisha - I would welcome you with open arms! Let us stand up and be PROUD once more - just use your X in the right place!

      GT - 2011-06-10 11:00

      senkgisha - well then lets hear your analysis. I would love to hear your explanation as to why any government would want to manipulate the media. The is only 1 reason and it has been repeated throughout history. It always ends in death and destruction of a nation.

  • ZipZap - 2011-06-10 07:53

    lol - every day we are shown what it takes to be african..... shame, poor them.

      Matt - 2011-06-10 12:04

      @ Senkgisha - read my link - brother, why so much hatred? We are all one people, skin colour means nothing...

  • Born To Fish - 2011-06-10 07:55

    If You are incompetent you must face the music! You are a bunch of thieves who want to destroy this country! Bunch of communists!

      Kenno - 2011-06-10 09:02

      @senidiot...if you cant actually spell, and you cant, stay of this website, you moron

      Matt - 2011-06-10 12:05

      Communists who are also capitalists... but honestly, there's no difference - repressed communist regimes and democratic regimes both follow the Commünist Manifestö anyway

  • ZeDon - 2011-06-10 07:58

    Maybe, just maybe if the government stopped trying to hide everything & was open & honest with the public we might actually believe something they say! Then again that would imply that they'd actually have to be accountable, work, be honest & root out corruption... I don't think I'll be holding my breath!

  • Will99 - 2011-06-10 08:02

    Like anyone actually reads your advertising. We only want to see the corrupt names in the papers. That's all! We hate you! You hate the media! We love the media! The Media is here to stay.

  • FIGHT4FAIRSA - 2011-06-10 08:05

    In plain and simple English;Jiiiiimmy Manyi has no idea how the media and a democracy ought to operate. In fact he just again underlines the brazeness of opportunitic politicians of the transformed ANC

      PB - 2011-06-10 08:40

      There seems to be a competition between Jimbo and Gwede to see who can act in the most moronic way - and then they get upset when people do not bow down and kiss their feet. Every time one of those 2 open their mouths, they come up with absolute crap. They obviously don't know anything about what the citizens of S.A. wants or expects from the government or that the constitution and laws are applicable to EVERYONE, including the government.

  • THX1148 - 2011-06-10 08:06

    Newspapers, take a stand! Be proactive and refuse to accept any government advertising. If what the government has to say is important, then it will make the news naturally without being forced upon us.

  • pop101 - 2011-06-10 08:09

    Communism in a democratic way.

      Matt - 2011-06-10 12:06

      See "Commünist Manifestö" and "10 Wäys To Overthröw A State" - Communist and Democratic countries follow these documents - reason for the umlauts in the names is because every news page with a forum blocks the mere mention of the titles!

  • tailormade - 2011-06-10 08:10

    A budget of R1bn/year for advertising. Okay... I have a crazy idea: if the government is willing to spend that amount on spreading their "content", why not start their own independent government subsidised newspaper. Surely it'll cost less than R1bn/year. In fact, they can then actually sell advertising space! Further, by transparently labelling and branding it as the "mouthpiece" of the government, then no one can criticise the government for being subjective. The amount of newspapers sold will give them an indication of the citizens' interest. However, if they go the route they go now...then it's more than plausible to deduct that they are trying to bribe news agencies into printing their "content"

      Mishka - 2011-06-10 08:37

      New Age?

      Really?? - 2011-06-10 08:40

      Start their own newspaper - even though i think this is a good idea, i dont think 'our' government is too keen on doing the work. I would love to read it should it ever happen though.

      Felix - 2011-06-10 08:59

      As Mishka says, they are starting one. I wouldn't br surprised if most of that billion doesn't make it past Manyi...

  • Larro - 2011-06-10 08:11

    Here's a novel idea: ANC - stop the gravy train, halt the corruption, fix service delivery and you won't have to censor the media.

  • psydomx - 2011-06-10 08:14

    How stupid does the ANC, think we are, you the government ( as in every african country ) are as predictable as the seasons. I hope someday soon the electorate wakes up, looks past all the free t-shirts and other token gestures and stops this big illusion the ANC has created and takes what they are really entitled to, all the stolen, overpaid, misspent, embezzled, misappropriated state funds

  • Deset Rat - 2011-06-10 08:16

    This means there won't be any money to fix the pot-holes then?

  • Gavin - 2011-06-10 08:21

    And why exactly would the government need to advertise ???????????????????

      psydomx - 2011-06-10 08:47

      to spin their endless cock-ups

      wolf - 2011-06-10 08:48

      Job placements and tenders - all those question marks are a cute touch.

      pop101 - 2011-06-10 09:25

      Inform people about what developments, for queries use the Yellow/White pages....moron.

      ToyYoda - 2011-06-10 10:01

      @senkgisha - What developments? Do you guys need to be reminded of where to go as well? LOL

      WhiteEagle - 2011-06-10 11:09

      @ senkEish! You are a brainless idiotic charcoal and leave the pink man's computor alone use your drum rather.

  • Sentor - 2011-06-10 08:22

    Demanding their "right" to steal and plunder! perhaps this illustrates that the struggle was really about the "freedom" to plunder the country and not about the "freedom" from oppression?

  • FIGHT4FAIRSA - 2011-06-10 08:22

    Zulufox stop always raising race as the issue - I am a black South African who also fought for liberation and to be honest I have had enough of this way of defending a corrupt ANC Government that is busy lining pockets and putting the people who put them into power last.

      Lab-Rat - 2011-06-10 08:43

      Well said FIGHT4FAIRSA. I really just wish people could see the problem for what it really is instead of always being so damn culturally sensitive all the time.

      truerealist - 2011-06-10 14:33

      Tell you fellow black SA's to wake up. They are suffering the most and it will just get worse!

      WarPig - 2011-06-10 21:16

      @fight4fairSA....Then do something about it......spread the word amongst those who are blinded by the vile oppressort's lies, deceipt and systematic destruction of this coubtry for and white!

  • DW - 2011-06-10 08:22

    What infuriates me is not that they "plan to bribe newspapers to publish only its view of news and affairs", but that there is a budget for it - R1bn!!! - and that comes out of your and my pocket! So I must pay for the government to lie to me. I wish we could fire the lot of them.

  • ME - 2011-06-10 08:22

    The government is paranoid about newspapers and newspapers seem to have the same paranoia about government- sad for ordinary people.

  • Comrade Mike - 2011-06-10 08:25

    Lets see. 1200 dollars a year to treat an aids patient with ARV's for a year. Multiply by 1 million patients equals? Eish, no, lets spend it on hiding the fact that we didnt spend it on something useful.

  • SupaGerm - 2011-06-10 08:30

    Maybe the government should invest the 1bn in education so that the masses can read the newspapers first.

      Greybeard - 2011-06-10 09:27

      They already have the SABC, 3 TV stations and 11? Radio stations, what more do they need? Put the money into education, particularly technical and tertiary. That way when Juju and his ilk get their way, and the economic forces in this country are forced to seek asylum, the entire show wont fall on it's face.

  • Lab-Rat - 2011-06-10 08:31

    Desperate times calls for desperate measures. They'll do anything to hide the truth from their sheep.

  • Gee1 - 2011-06-10 08:32

    This is following normal road, press\info censor, then unions...then 1 party state !! with Malema as pres. ;-)

  • L SMT - 2011-06-10 08:33

    They can bribe the papers but they can't bribe the internet. On the web I can tell world that old zuma is only there to make babies and get more wifes and he don't care about this country. And his bribe money cannot stop the truth to come out. Look at Libya, the truth comes out and Kadoefus can't stop it.

      Lab-Rat - 2011-06-10 08:46

      I think the idea is more to lie to the rural communities who don't have access to the internet. Every thinking person in this world can see how corrupt and racist this government is so it would be pointless to try and pull the wool over the civilised world.

  • RickyC - 2011-06-10 08:37

    If the Govt did their job well and were beyond reproach then of course the press would have good things to say, all I say thank God for the press and their watchdog mentality and for that matter our constitution which made provision for the press to be like they are.......

  • farmworker - 2011-06-10 08:37

    "it condemned the plan to allocate the budget in a way which favoured newspapers which assisted the government "in getting its message across" and which "told the truth about service delivery Are this people smoking something, how can they complain about that. Yes it is only fair that preference should be given to newpapers that tell the truth about service delivery, we don't want bais newspaper that fabricate stories period. Thumbs up my Government

      Felix - 2011-06-10 09:03

      Why do they need to pay bribe money then? Go milk the cows.

      Lab-Rat - 2011-06-10 09:42

      Look at all the protest's on the news everyday, there is the truth about your service delivery, or lack thereof.

  • mike881 - 2011-06-10 08:38

    Priorities! Gov deems wasting R1bn on self promoting propaganda more important than housing for the homeless. Shame on the current government and even more shame on the idiots that vote for them!!

  • thandiwe17 - 2011-06-10 08:39

    I think they are undersetimating the integrity of SOME of our media...... The trashpapers will go for it, the independent media will not!

  • zulufox - 2011-06-10 08:40

    The Citizen news paper is bankrolled by white supremacists, never heard anyone complain about that... I mean who reads that kakky newspaper?

      Lab-Rat - 2011-06-10 08:59

      Evertried reading the sowetan you hypocrite?

      farmworker - 2011-06-10 09:02

      "it condemned the plan to allocate the budget in a way which favoured newspapers which assisted the government "in getting its message across" and which "told the truth about service delivery Are this people smoking something, how can they complain about that. Yes it is only fair that preference should be given to newpapers that tell the truth about service delivery, we don't want bais newspaper that fabricate stories period. Thumbs up my Government

      Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-06-10 09:56

      See, this is where some historical knowledge would be useful, zulufox. The Citizen was launched as a covert government publication, but unfortunately for the Nats, the real press uncovered the abuse of public funds, and the entire matter became a massive embarassment for the Nats. Google "Muldergate", and you will discover that, in fact, many complained. Even the hated apartheid regime failed with this type of nonsense, so it is incredible that the ANC should be walking so closely in the footsteps of the old oppressor, along a path so clearly destined for failure

  • Jou Ma - 2011-06-10 08:42

    Gorilla Foundation - Gorilla Intelligence and Behavior Koko has a tested IQ of between 70 and 95 on a human scale, where 100 is considered "normal." Koko has a working vocabulary of over 1000 signs. Koko understands approximately 2,000 words of spoken English The average for Africans is 65-70 in some African countries, the Average Mean IQ Level is even lower--in fact, lower than 60 points on average...!

      Greybeard - 2011-06-10 09:33

      Come now, play nice - unless you have verified stats to prove what you have just said. This I doubt. If you do, please quote the sources so we can all benefit from your dubious wisdom.

  • 50something - 2011-06-10 08:43

    Apart from bribing, it is also aimed at brainwashing the masses further in making them believe that the government is doing a good job. Our tax money is used to "advertise" the ANC - ahead of 2014.

  • Siphoxxx - 2011-06-10 08:47

    malema will sort them all out when he is presadant amandla viva !!!!

      Felix - 2011-06-10 09:05

      *facepalm* hamba troll.

      Lab-Rat - 2011-06-10 09:45

      Not likely sipho! Shouldn't you be in school learning your times tables or something?

  • peaceonearth - 2011-06-10 08:52

    But they are three quarters of the way there already so why pay R1bn? I mean the WORST is the non mention of what race commit crime, unless of course it is on the very rare occasion that it is a "white" person, only then do they mention what race the person is.So to all the oversea's readers, if the article does NOT say "white man" it is always a "black" man.(this is the truth)

  • neo_acheron - 2011-06-10 08:54

    Propaganda! DICTATORS! Corrupt power hungry pieces of $h!t.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-10 08:55

    Our petition is exploding! Over 21,000 signers in 24 hours! Let's get to 50,000 and stop the bill. Send this onto everyone Dear Friends across South Africa, Right now a Parliamentary Committee is steamrolling through an unconstitutional secrecy bill that would undermine the very pillars of democracy -- freedom of expression, free media and accountable government. But growing public pressure is pushing back and MPs are hesitating. Let's build a nationwide petition of opposition and stop the bill. Sign now!

  • Gore - 2011-06-10 08:56

    What's the fuss all about? Sanef, it takes two parties to have a bribe transaction. So if Sanef members are steadfast in NOT accepting bribe, then the government will not have a media party to bribe, problem solved. Is it that Sanef is worried that some of its members will accept the bribe, that not government's problem!!

  • MarcusMagnus - 2011-06-10 08:57

    Whats the problem Manye no body buying the New Age ????

      Felix - 2011-06-10 09:07

      I think most of this money will end up in the New Age.

  • Goose - 2011-06-10 09:08

    What saddens me is the attitude of ANC supporters when these issues are dealt with publicly. They will "die" for their ANC and support it no matter what. We pinkies look DOWN on you ANC supporters simply because you don't think for yourselves. For heavens sake man, think, then act rationally based on reasoning, not emotional rhetoric...

  • debrakayestylist - 2011-06-10 09:09

    if they don't like the heat they should get out of the kitchen!

  • amabok - 2011-06-10 09:11

    There is still 25% unemployment; SA's education system ranks 130 out of 140 countries globally; global competetiveness has declined to +50 from +20 in less than 3 years. No amount of press bashing is going to change the facts.

  • kyle.lindeque - 2011-06-10 09:13

    This sounds like were being transformed into a second world country. First block what the media can post about, then tell them what to post about, all we need know is the famous "equality laws" to be passed, and were officially the "Socialist Republic of South Africa". Nice.

  • SteveJ - 2011-06-10 09:21

    Did anyone look critically at the Sunday Times this past Sunday. There was not a single article critical of the government. Perhaps it started already?

  • Totman - 2011-06-10 09:21

    This control of newspapers is not a black or white thing. Maybe in the begin you can do a few connections, but it is more than that. It has happened in countries that are mostly black as well. The idea is to control what is going out and than you publish your own newspaper that get handed out free. To gain the rights/law you give it a bit colour in the begin and when the more educated black class realized it, it is too late. The future problem are with what the black majority will believe. If you now cut down there supply of info they will have a less influence. The poor black vote you keep uneducated as far as possible. Not intensionally, but just riding the current wave. The whites get prevailed as moaners and racists and therefore the majority black will not listen. The more informed black future is still in the minority and therefore cancelled out by the masses. The outside world can shout as much as they want because even having a system that works well they also bent it to suit them at cost of other. Good plan??? Eventually the black more educated person will stand up for the correct, but than the culprits already achieved their goals and it is nearly impossible to reform. That is why you always gets a few corrupt or dictator governments afterwards. Do not believe me. Look around you.

  • Charlton10 - 2011-06-10 09:22

    Government-Dickheads,showerheads, PIGS

  • Rugbysemoer - 2011-06-10 09:26

    Most whites suffer from amnesia it seems, you useless bunch ran the SA economy into the ground when you had job reservation, even if you were useless and you were. You were given a manageria Jobs, the on top of it most of you boertjies got land for africa for nothing. Stop complaining and critisising. The Apartheid government was 10 X worst. We are all feeling the effects of inequality which this government is still struggling to fix you morons. Perhaps you were retrenched lost your job to a more skilled black person and you cant take it. Sucker.

      pop101 - 2011-06-10 09:32

      Actually, if you do a bit of research, you will notice that our economy was never stronger than it was during the peak of apartheid. So, soccersemoer man.

      Lab-Rat - 2011-06-10 09:54

      Lol, here is a perfect example of a sheep buying whatever propoganda was served to them by their dictator/chief. When the country was handed to you on a silver platter, it was a first world country and everything worked. A few short years later and everything is broken. Doesn't take much logic to figure out what or who went wrong, does it?

      Unskinny Bob - 2011-06-10 12:05

      Land for nothing? Read a book fool. Land was bought and ended up being paying for in blood. Visit the voortrekker monument and learn a thing or two about the ownership of land you assume is your inheritance.

  • Mchana - 2011-06-10 09:30

    the south African journalist needs a serious overhaul and transformation, they are funded by white capitalists to tarnish the image of this country. and i think if it's a bribe, it is better than killing people like your apartheid government did you morons.

      Greybeard - 2011-06-10 09:45

      How old are you friend? You obviously don't remember the gaping holes on newspaper front pages during the 80's. THAT was your white controlled media's response to the censorship imposed by the Nats. Your people were only to happy to have the media supporting the resistance to apartheid then, it's the SAME media that are now exposing the rampant corruption in the ANC government now. "The same sauce for the Goose and the Gander" Do a bit of research, and then try to make an informed decision - not an emotional response. Good Luck my friend, the truthn of this matter will not be easy for you to swallow, I hope you are man enough.

  • Lebogang - 2011-06-10 09:34

    donns, what article were you reading? The govt may have lost the plot yes, but with views like yours, it's going to take a long time before things start changing for the better within our society. Get over yourself - AA is not here to protect "this race" from 9% of the population. It is here to redress the imbalances of the past. You need to chill and quit being so bitter!

      Lab-Rat - 2011-06-10 09:57

      Of course it's meant to protect the "your race' from the 9% minority else education would have been part of the plan. You can't create wealth by dividing it. At least according to the white mans mathematics, you can't.

      Lebogang - 2011-06-10 10:11

      In that case Lab-Rat, it's a darn good thing the white man's calculator was shelved in 1994.

      Lab-Rat - 2011-06-10 10:57

      Yeah Lebo, the white mans calculator was only shelved in this country. The rest of the world can see through all you bullsh$t fortunately, since maths, ethics and morallity are universal concepts.