The EFF in Senekal, Duduzane Zuma defends his father, SABC TV licences – top comments of the week

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Former President Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane Zuma at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court. Picture: Deaan Vivier
Former President Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane Zuma at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court. Picture: Deaan Vivier

Friday's events in Senekal, where the EFF stuck to its playbook of race and violence, and white right wingers made a cameo appearance in old SADF browns had readers talking this past week. Duduzane Zuma's defence of his father raised the ire of readers, and if that wasn't enough the SABC announced it has its sights set on online streaming services for licencing fees.


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"Good article Adriaan and I fully support it. Most radical rightwing khaki wearing white people are not farmers. I would also like to see that there is more objective reporting about AfriForum. I disagree with journalists who portray them as radical rightwing and then lazily compare them to the rightwing version of the EFF. That is simply not true." – Think again on Can we please stop calling every white protester in khaki a 'farmer'? by Adriaan Basson

"Feel free to challenge the commission. Chris Hani died so that you have that right to challenge the commission. He also died for our constitutional democracy to pursue corrupt tribalists who have bankrupted this country. Good luck and may those who deserve to fall, fall." – Dr J on Duduzane Zuma urges his father to 'do what he needs to do' against Zondo Commission

"Excellent article, but there is another point to be made about the media also exploiting the situation in order to sensationalize reports. If farmers are first and foremost an economic group, they need to stop political parties from managing their narrative and organize as an economic group. The farmers are enabling their sector to be racialized and radicalized. Come out as nonbinary and nonracist." – Raven on Dispatch from Senekal: Hard truths about the EFF, farmers, the right wing and crime

"What a refreshing attitude. Is it only me who sees tiny green shoots of honesty in our government?" – Katford on R25 million to refurbish parliamentary kitchens? 'Not in my name!' says Speaker Modise

"I do pay my TV licence every year and have no problems with it. It is what we all should do. However, the SABC should abolish annual TV licences for all. To fund the SABC, all subscription streaming networks, i.e. DSTV, Netflix, Spotify, BoxOffice, etc. should contribute a % of the monthly fees to the SABC as a specific levy as part of the subscription. This will alleviate the SABC from the burden of trying to collect the annual fees and allow them to execute their mandate effectively." – leonvalem on SABC wants DStv, Netflix viewers and mobile users to pay a TV licence fee

Comment of the week

"Not only should these people not be confused with farmers, but they should also not be confused as representatives of Afrikaners in general. As an Afrikaner I definitely do not want to be associated with these thugs, the same as black Africans do not want to be associated with the hatred sold by the EFF."
News24 reader Johan Badenhorst on editor Adriaan Basson's statement that not all protesters in khaki are farmers.

Where to comment now

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ANC Free State secretary Paseka Nompondo has criticised the recent "Hollywood style" arrests by the Hawks, saying that it will not be accepted.

ANC seeks legal advice as members ignore calls for corruption accused to step aside

The ANC has asked advocate Gcina Malindi to come up with guidelines on how those who are implicated in corruption should be asked to step aside.

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