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Proposed Protection of Information and media tribunal bill is “EVIL”….

I strongly believe that the protection of information and tribunal bill proposed by the ruling ANC (African National Congress) in South Africa is evil. This sentence just shows how devastated and angry I am, towards some of the policy makers in government. Well for those who do not know what this bill entails, it simply a bill that will make it difficult for journalist to get access and to publish state information that are  in the public interest.

So our beautiful ANC government is trying to fail the constitution. The very Act that is viewed by many as one of the most progressive in this world. This document states, in one of the sections, that every citizen have freedom of expression, freedom of speech and access to information. So this begs the question that, should this bill be passed, will it not infringe the rights of South African citizens and everybody who lives in it?

Well, what can I say? I am just an ordinary citizen of this country. At the rate things are, it is apparent that this country is going nowhere at an alarming speed. Whatever is coming out of the bill is not good for the well-being of this country. I furthermore, don’t give Tom and Dick what Julius Malema says about journalist.

I do not know or rather envision anything good that will be brought by the said bill, all I can put down in this article is that it will have a major drawback  in the progress of this  country. The following are the list of what I think are the possible disadvantages should the bill be passed and approved by parliament.

  • The bill is unconstitutional, since it violates some rights in the Act 108 of 1996.
  • The rights of journalists who are well read will be violated.
  • Information about the state, the parastatals and any other government concern will be censored.
  • It have a potential negative impact to the journalism profession.
  • And it will furthermore hinder the media’s right to report without restraint.

The disadvantages, are not limited to the above-mentioned points. So we as the concerned citizen who buy newspapers everyday, what are we going to read about? I envision that future articles in the newspapers will be filled with celebrity gossip, columns and any other good thing that the government is doing. I am pretty sure that we will no longer be reading news about the state of this country, but we will be reading press release, whereby the reporting journalist will be writing about the good things that the government are doing and hide scandals to the public.

As for me I am in full support of the SANEF (South African National Editors Forum), The press club and any other body that is against the Tribunal bill.

Whuu, let me just stop here before the minister of police who is an ANC member decide to Mzilikazi ka Africa me (arrest me). I will continue reading Sunday Times and believe whatever the story they are publishing.  Mzilikazi Ka Africa, Fred Khumalo, Joseph P Kgomo, and the rest of the guys in the journalism fraternity, may heavenly father gives you  strength in fighting for your rights and saving your profession.

Oh cry me my tribunal bill………you are such a pain in you know where!!

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2010 in Politics

 

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I call it the “R” word____They call it Racism…

Doesn’t the word racism make you tick?  Is everything have to be about race, the colour of the skin, or  language?

Racism can be defined as the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races. It goes to people’s head that they forget that a person cannot be judged based on the colour of his skin. You go to diverse countries like South Africa, Britain and United State and find that racism is such a big issue.  Over the past few weeks,in South Africa there was a great racist act by two of the most influential politicians. Julius Malema, the president of the youth wing of the ruling party insulted a Brits journalist, and another politician Andre Visagie intimidated  a political analyst who happened to be black. These acts are greatly unwelcoming and they divide the country as the nation.

It ticks me, it kills my spirit when I hear that something is done in the name of racism. Some nations think that by throwing nasty comments to people of other race it will not be viewed as racism. Racism is what it is regardless of whether you are black, brown or white.  Another group of people,as it is largely evident in the corporate sector views certain appointments,especially in senior positions as a favour simply because of a skin colour. South Africa, adopted some policies called Affirmative Action(AA) and Black Economic Empowerment(BEE) in the name of alleviating poverty and bridging the gap opened by the former government, however this policies can be viewed as being racist because they favour people of a certain skin colour.

I say “racism” is bad, it is harmful and it hinders the development goals of the nation. An  American study showed that racism shortens people’s live. For more information on this study visit [ http://www.racismreview.com/blog/2009/04/16/racism-harmful-to-healt/]. I repeat racism won’t take us any further, let us be together as one and do not consider skin colour to base our judgments. Look at the attributes, character, achievements and moral values  and then you will see that you can forge a strong relationship with a person of  another race.

Ditch out the name “RACISM” out of your vocabulary, it hinders your progress as a human being, it makes you sick and ultimately it will kill you.

Of course, no to racism. Let us just live in peace, prosperity, harmony and try to  live together as one!!!!

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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