The quality of journalism in South Africa is shocking. Newspapers and even national television station, the SABC, seem to be getting their facts all wrong. In the last month alone, the president of the ANC was wrongfully branded as a druggie – see the Jacob Zuma zol cartoon. The public was most grateful that Jessie Duarte promptly clarified that the ANC has its own definition of zol – allegedly it is tobacco rolled in paper.
The SABC was taken to task earlier this year for portraying Mr Kgalema Motlanthe (the alleged president of South Africa) as being more presidential than Jacob Zuma. The SABC were also firmly rapped on the knuckles for constantly showing Mr Zuma toyi-toyi‘ing outside the Pietermaritzburg court house.
In the latest spate of bad journalism, President Motlanthe was accused of trashing a house and effectively trying to pay off NPA head Vusi Pikoli to leave before firing him. Mr Motlanthe said it’s all lies so the journalists obviously got their information from some dodgy sources.
Tsk, tsk… fire the lot of them, I say! Fortunately for the ANC thus far, much of the voting public in South Africa never appear to be swayed by what is published about their leaders in the media.