By Mxolisi KaNkomonde. He can be reached on Twitter @MxolisiBob
The South African media cartel(1) controlled by Johann Rupert(Remgro),Terry Moolman (Caxton), Cobus Stofberg (Remgro-Naspers) and Koos Bekker (Naspers) has reinvented Apartheid reporting in the post Apartheid era using their concentrated ownershership to indoctrinate the South African population since views expressed by any of their media outlets cannot be challenged without the cartel resorting to sterotypical responses such as “conspiracy theory” or the new term “paid twitter” – a tactic taken from McCarthyism(2).
On 13 December 2016 the International Monetary Fund(IMF) issued its Concluding Statement(3) on South Africa and advised the South African government to take vigorous action to dismantle cartels. The media cartel is one glaring example especially the Naspers -Remgro hegemony that stifles diversity – the pillar of the current constitutional order after Apartheid The South African media has barely changed since the dawn of colonialism and later Apartheid and this has allowed the media cartel to manufacture consent, to paraphrase Professor Noam Chomsky.
L. Wolfe, specialist in mass brainwashing had this to say about mass media in his book, Brainwashing:How The British Use the Media for Mass Psychological Warfare – “As Tavistock’s researchers showed, it was important that the victims of mass brainwashing not be aware that their environment was being controlled; there should thus be a vast number of sources for information, whose messages could be varied slightly, so as to mask the sense of external control.” There has been a litany of media coverage on “corruption” in South Africa and just like “swart gevaar” it often has Black people mostly in government potrayed as corrupt while corruption worth billions ranging from milk to construction cartels stealing from the poor and the overburdend government gets classified as mere “collusion” because the perpetrators are from lily White corporate South Africa.
Corruption is a cancer in society which must be confronted but its often used to shape a racist agenda to create an impression that Blacks are inherently corrupt. The word “corrupt” has replaced the word “heathen” which was used throughout colonial era in order to induce self-hate among the Black population and promote the notion that Whites are “superior”.
The South African Communist Party(SACP) uses its Marxist rhetoric together with the racist media labelling Blacks who do business with government as “tenderpreneurs” and the White controlled cartels who scoop all the major contracts from government are called “entrepreneurs”, ”investors” and “patriotic capital” is one such example.
Professor Noam Chomsky(5) gave the following account on this phenonomeon of parading enemies and the puporse of it; “Over the last ten years,every year or two, some major monster is constructed that we have to defend ourselves against.” He goes on to say: “That’s one of the ways in which you can keep the bewildered herd from paying attention to what is really going on on around them, keep them diverted and controlled.”
So we need to ask ourselves if the current “anti-corruption” reporting by the media cartel is genuine or just a diversion from the real problems facing South Africa such as landlessness, poverty, unemployment and inequality whose victims are the Black majority. If South Africa is to solve the problem of corruption, then the current racist reporting around it led by a media cartel which is a product of one of most corrupt regimes in the last 50yrs, cannot be the answer.
Edward Bernays described the invisible government when he said: “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”
Sources 1. https://medialternatives.com/2015/04/11/the-rupert-moolman-stofbergbekker- media-cartel/ 2. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=McCarthyism 3. https://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2016/12/13/MS121316-South-Africa- Concluding-Statement-of-an-IMF-Staff-Visit 4. Tavistock Institute: Social Engineering the Masses by Daniel Estulin 5. Media Control:The Spectacular Achievement of Propaganda by Noam Chomsky,Steven Stories Press