Woah, I hear you say, that seems a little harsh.
Well lend me your eyeballs, give this story a read, and I think you’ll be won over by the end.
Our Communications Minister Faith Muthambi is in the firing line, and we’ll focus on her brown-nosing of all things SABC here to prove our point.
First up, this from TimesLive:
She said the SABC informed and educated people compared to the mainstream media‚ which she accused of “feeding propaganda” to the public by writing negatively about the government.
“We cannot allow a situation where the public is misled.”
Last month‚ the SABC banned the reading of newspaper headlines or discussion of front pages on air. COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng said the SABC would no longer give free publicity to newspapers – a decision Muthambi praised.
“I like the decision taken by the SABC‚ it’s one of the state owned companies I am proud of‚” she said at a discussion on the importance of community media.
Muthambi said there had been “a debate” on censorship at the SABC. “I don’t know what you mean by censorship‚” she said.
Oh, and we thought it was just the SABC themselves who loved the head in the sand approach (HERE).
That pro-SABC tripe above is basically all the proof you need, but let’s drive the point home.
It’s not that she is towing the party line and playing the political game either, because she’s actually stepping all over the ANC’s toes. Here’s BD Live:
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and communications subcommittee head Jackson Mthembu have criticised the SABC for its decision to ban the airing of violent protests, which they said went against the party’s own policies. The ANC also questioned the competence of management at the SABC.
Mthembu even summoned Muthambi to Luthuli House to explain developments at the public broadcaster, but Muthambi never arrived for the meeting.
Yoh, in your face ANC bigwigs. It’s not even the first time she has disobeyed party orders, as back in October of last year she defied the same subcommittee over matters of digital encryption.
So let’s get a few things straight – she’s backing the SABC to the hilt, despite everyone who isn’t on their payroll knowing that they’ve long since abandoned their responsibilities as a state broadcaster.
She’s also giving the ANC the middle finger on this one, the political party that helped her rise to the position she occupies today.
What game is she playing, and what does she know that we don’t?
For now let’s just agree on one thing – moron.
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