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Dear Media, When Are You Calling Afriforum Fascists?

By Pinky Khoabane

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Afriforum’s CEO Kallie Kriel

ANYBODY who has watched the South African press over the years and its choice of language and descriptions should ask the question why the white nationalist group, Afriforum, is described as a civil rights organisation. At times it is described as a lobby group.

Over the years I have questioned how men and women who have fought and died for social justice and equality are equated to a group such as Afriforum, whose sole existence is to maintain white dominance and supremacy.

In recent months, this group has successfully managed to whip-up emotions across the world on the basis that there’s white genocide against farmers in this country. As part of its long-raging concocted lie about white farmers, it teamed up with right-wing writer Katie Hopkins when she visited South Africa on a purported investigation into the “slaughter” of white farmers. By the time Parliament decided to explore the possibility of changing the Constitution to allow for expropriation  of land without compensation, Hopkins had tweeted non-stop about the brutality to which farmers are subjected, and the world had listened. Australian Home Affairs Peter Dutton, for example, has offered to save South Africa’s white farmers from their “horrific circumstances” of land seizure. He has offerd to fast-track their visas to his homeland. Afrirofum has publicly announced it would undertake an international campaign against the ANC policy of land expropriation without compensation if it didnt back down.  I’ve written here before on the skewed perception that white farmers are victims of some campaign when in actual fact, they kill their workers for a range of minuscule reasons; looking like monkeys, stealing one thing or another, etc. The 2016/17 financial year police statistics show that 74 people died on farms and they weren’t all white. Compare that with the 19,016 people murdered in the country the same year.

Ultra-right-wing groups have now jumped on this campaign and are undergoing military training for what is set to be a race war. But it is the so-called lobby group, Afriforum, which started the ball rolling.

So you might ask yourself why Afriforum is handled with kids gloves by our media. The answer lies in the history and role of South Africa’s media and it’s role in protecting and perpetuating racism and apartheid.

TRC Media Hearing

A FACTUAL dissection by the Truth And Reconciliation Commission (TRC) into the role of the media during apartheid established that there was clear collusion between the Afrikaans media and the apartheid government. It found the Afrikaans media openly provided support for the government and the activities of the security forces by not honestly reporting the human rights violations and being indifferent to the suffering of black people. The TRC report however, shattered the myth that only the Afrikaans press supported the apartheid government.

The TRC found that the English-speaking press often adopted an  appeasement towards the state and to a large extent adopted the policy of self-censorship. The report revealed the hypocrisy of the English-speaking press which decried apartheid but practiced it against its own staff. Allegations of former eNCA journalist Karyn Maughan who has recently joined Tiso Black Star at an alleged R100 000 per month while Black staffers, who have been at the group for years, only get R20 000 is a case in point. But there are many such stories of discrimination of Blacks in many South African newsrooms.

The Commission also established that the National Press Union had agreements with the apartheid-era military and police institutions leading to collusion between the state and the press. The media managers argued that they had to abide or lose their newspapers but the conclusion of these arrangements imposed restrictions on the work of journalists and were of such a nature that the press reported only news given to them by government officials.

Such was the intensity of the collusion between state and media that senior members of the SABC sat on the State Security Council and a list of 31 media workers who were informers was submitted to the TRC. Naspers donated money to the National Party in the 1980s and letters of appreciation from then Naspers Chairman Ton Vosloo to former presidents PW Botha and FW de Klerk were recently published in Hennie van Vuuren’s book, Apartheid Guns and Money.

 

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. You see, when you get honorary doctrines from the WEST, IT IS NOT BECAUSE YOU ARE THE SMARTEST BUT IT’S BECAUSE YOU ARE THE MOST LOYAL SERVANT.
    Ask Mr. Robert Mugabe,
    His HONORARY DOCTRINES have been taken from him for being disrespectful to his Western Masters.
    Thuli Madonsela might get some HONORARY Qualification soon,BUT, Busisiwe Mkhwebane might get a chop instead for her findings that there was wrongdoing in the BANK Bailout by the Government which the BANK must pay back. You see these people (New ANC ‘ANC Leadership’) who are being paraded before us as saints, no one can prove that they are indeed the Angels who will make the ANC the holiest Organization but it is a fact that these are the people who want to protect their positions in government/Parliament. Unlike Jacob Zuma, Andile Mgxitama, Robert Sobukhwe, Steve Biko, Chris Hani, Lillian Ngoyi, Brian Molefe, Matshela Koko, Busisiwe Mkhwebane and many more modern day struggle heroes/heroines who chose not to sell out but to fight for the real liberation until it’s achieved. It is important to note that all people who are opposed or reluctant to confirm that there is a WMC in this country and we need Radical Economic Transformation to balance the Racial imbalances of the past are the people who are in power today.
    THINK ABOUT THE SACC, THE RIGHT 2KNOW, THE SAVE SA, FREEDOM UNDER LAW, SANEF,ETC. THESE PEOPLE/ORGANISATIONS ARE PUSHING A POLITICAL AGENDA WHICH IS TO MAINTAIN A POLITICAL STATUS QUO WHEREBY A BLACKS ARE SLAVES AND WHITES ARE MASTERS. BUT I DON’T THINK ANY RIGHT THINKING PERSON WILL MENTION LILLIAN NGOYI, AND OTHER CREDIBLE ‘ANC WOMEN LEADERS LIKE CHARLOTTE MAXEKE UNDER ONE SENTENCE AS THULI MADONSELA WHO WAS/IS AFRAID TO SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER AND CHOOSES THE EASY WAY OUT AND SUPPORTS THE WMC. PEOPLE LIKE THIS ARE COWARDS WHO CHOSE TO PROTECT THEIR POSITIONS BY SUPPORTING WRONGDOING BY POWERFUL PEOPLE (WMC) WHILE KNOWING VERY WELL THAT THEY ARE SELLING OUT THE INNOCENT AND THE WHOLE NATION BY SO DOING. WE ARE BEING RULED BY COWARDS.

  2. BLF, Godi, and Nomvula Mokonyane, and the majority of ANC Women’s League and MKVA please come forward and help this country to move forward. You see when WMC is rejoicing that the country is moving forward, as a Black Man you need to be very worried because in fact it (country) will be moving backwards. The National Democratic Revolution is dead without you guys. Brian Molefe was fired because he questioned the WMCEvergreen Contracts at ESKOM and no Legal Advice was awaited by the Parliamentary Committee on SOEs but today someone who has been found guilty by the court of law for suppressing the woman’s promotion to a higher position at ESKOM is not fired until MR. Ghordan gets Legal Advice. CAN ANYONE NOTICE THE INCONSISTENCIES HERE? AND NO PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE IS (MS MAZONEE)MAKING ANY NOTICE ABOUT THESE.
    WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, THE DA IS RULING HERE AND THE ‘ANC’ IS JUST A FRONT. PROGRESSIVE BLACK CEO’S, CEO’S, DDG HAVE BEEN REPLACED BY IDENTITYLESS, FAKE AMERICAN/BRITISH SOUTH AFRICANS WHO WILL DO EVERYTHING TO PLEASE THEIR MASTERS IN THE WEST SO THAT THEY CAN KEEP THEIR COLONISED EDUCATIONAL HONOURS TO THEMSELVES. REMEMBER WHATEVER EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS YOU RECEIVED FROM THESE WESTERN INFLUENCED UNIVERSITIES, CAN BE TAKEN AWAY SHOULD YOU NOT TOW THE WESTERN AGENDA LINE.
    ALUTA CONTINUA

  3. Sis Pinkie,
    I know I run a risk of you objurgating me for missing the point of this article but I will live with it. I actually want go further than you and dare say the black middle class MUST shoulder some degree of culpability for the conduct of the mainstream media and these fascists.
    I remember when you started UNCENSORED most BLACK middle-class twitterers and face bookers went on the offensive labelling it a GUPTA product just because it did not go on a Zuma/GUPTA bashing spree expected of a news outlet at the time. To this day most of them do not believe there’s an alternative to the garbage fed to them by the mainstream media, to a point that some even advance an argument but use a newspaper article as a source of reference.

    Even in the current political discourse, black middle class is not part of its trajectory, save for few hard-core activists. The initiative has been left to be influenced by journalists serving the interest of media house(s) masquerading themselves as political analysts if not the same AFRIFORUM and its racist sister outfit SOLIDARITY.
    We as black people have abdicated our responsibility to defend the gains of our struggle and left it to fascists begin the process of reversing those gains.

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