[Source: http://themediaonline.co.za/2014/06/the-sad-state-of-media-anc-relations/ by Glenda Nevill.]
South Africa’s media came under sustained attack this week by ANC-aligned organisations and the party itself. But the party and its youth wing believe their intimidating actions are necessary in light of what they perceive as a ‘biased’ and anti-ANC media.
The ANC has asked the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate a cartoon published on the Eyewitness News website, a tweet sent by DA MP that showed dogs lining up to urinate on a poster of President Jacob Zuma and a comment attributed to public protector in which she allegedly likened ANC voters to abused women. Read more
[Source: http://citizen.co.za/190905/anc-warns-media-hands-off-the-president/ by Amanda Watson. Photo: Valentina Nicol.]
First the ANC deemed a cartoon on Eyewitness News unsavoury.
Then yesterday the ANC Youth League decided that a May editorial in the Mail & Guardian which “urged readers to oppose the ANC” simply was not on. Read more
[Source: http://www.cnbcafrica.com/news/southern-africa/2014/06/06/safrica%E2%80%99s-youth-hardest-hit-by-unemployment/ by Nicole Naidoo.]
The youth of South Africa are finding it increasingly challenging to find employment, Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) said.
“The results suggest that in common with countries across the globe, compared with adults, youth face particular challenges in gaining employment in the South African labour market. Read more
[Source: http://mg.co.za/article/2014-06-05-zumas-oil-crony-lands-r15bn-more by Stefaans Brummer and James Wood.]
The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has quietly handed over another R1.5-billion of civil servants’ pension savings to Texas oilman Kase Lawal, despite saying repeatedly that it would hold off until his loss-making company tapped significant new oil in Nigeria, proving its viability. The second tranche of the PIC’s $270-million (almost R3-billion) investment in Camac Energy was paid on May 6, the day before the national elections. Read more
[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-06-06-analysis-judging-the-judges/#.U5VeJ7mKDIV by Rebecca Davis.]
Judges matter. This is, of course, the reason why many people have been getting so anxious about Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s utterances about law and religion: because judges not only have the power to decide the fate of those who appear before them accused of a crime, but their statements are accorded a special heft due to their position in our society. But particularly when it comes to sentencing discretion, South African judges sometimes reveal themselves to be deeply fallible. It’s one reason why we should all keep a beady eye on who gets appointed to the judiciary – and how. Read more
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