Wonkie investigates claims that Jacob Zuma has turned over a new leaf following his suggestions to freeze cabinet salaries and facilitate more freedom of the press in South Africa by dropping the damages claim against Zapiro for his cartoon depicting him as about to rape Lady Justice.
Another CEO, Solly Mokoetle was prematurely ejected from the helm of the SABC. The political battle to control and influence the national newsroom is leaving the South African public as the most serious casualty.
Black Wednesday in 2010 sees South Africa being downgraded to having their Freedom of the Press declared only partially free. Will the ANC adopt similar policies to the apartheid regime in the so-called national interest?
Where else in the world can you steal public funds or do the dodgiest of deals, then classify it as secret to protect national interests? Better yet, you will still be able walk off scott free when you are exposed by the media but the journalist will be jailed because he did something wrong by exposing you!
South African cartoonist Zapiro fails to make headline news with his latest Mohammed cartoon but does manage to score a few death threats. Fatwa is pending.
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