Three or so months ago I decided to start a publication – I had for years been disgruntled with what I read in commercial media and had for the past six years or so attempted to start a publication which gave an alternative view to the current anti-black narrative in South Africa’s commercial media.
I identified two Twitter friends whose views I thought could make for a different take of the world. The Maytrix and Mxolisi Ka Nkomonde. And without much resources, we got it going. And UnCensored was born.
We’ve had other contributors in the time – Thanks to Redge Nkosi, Sean Goss, Khotso Molekane. The support we’ve received from readers, some of whom whisper in our ears and give us stories, is simply overwhelming.
I think of the Advocate who whispered in my ear that Thuli Madonsela wasnt an advocate at the time of being appointed the public protector even though the PPs website and some journalists had pronounced her as such. He provided the evidence and the Justice Department, who are the custodians of the advocates roll, has failed or refused to verify the advocates roll.
Then there was the reader who told us about “Zuma’s kitchen cabinet” which had some years ago been said to appoint President Zuma’s cabinet. His view was that there must have been a terrible fallout between Zuma and Madonsela as she had been appointed by the kitchen cabinet.
Then there are the whisperers on the Remgro and First Rand shenanigans including the FNB racial discrimination story which we have carried for weeks now.
But we cant forget Jeff Koorbonally, a man whose email conversations with people I dont even know suddenly appeared in my email. UnCensored had published a string of articles on the Ciex report and our focus had been on the R26bn stolen by ABSA, Sanlam and DaimlerChrysler. Koorbonally brought new information to the Ciex – the ABSA bonds mentioned in the report. He had investigated the bonds, knew from where they originated and implicated several cabinet ministers from both the apartheid and current dispensations.
One thing led to another and before I knew it, I was being contacted by a team that compiled the Ciex report. That is an issue we will pursue vigorously next year. We have allowed the new public protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, time to settle into office before we begin our campaign. Johann Rupert and his gang must pay back the R26bn they stole. We could immediately sort out the fees issue with this money. We could build hospitals and speed-up the building of classrooms so that our kids no longer have to learn under trees.
Despite a media campaign waged by Rupert’s media houses, we managed to open the narrative of state capture to include white monopoly capital. It even has an acronym now – WMC.
Going into 2017, we shall dedicate our focus on corporate thuggery, an area which commercial media ignore. We’ve already made inroads as many of our readers send us leads which due to a lack of resources, we have not been able to pursue. But rest assured, we will. We will build partnerships with other alternative media outlets in order to build investigative units that can expose the rot in the corporate world.
2017 will be a bloodbath as the ANC heads towards the elective conference to choose the next president. There will be more ANC factions draped in titles such as “Save SA”, “stalwarts”, “MK Generals”, etc, that will attempt to counter the democratic processes of the ANC. They will be assisted by the opposition parties and an already hostile media that will campaign for a candidate that best protects the current and unacceptable levels of economic disparities and landlessness.
The two ANC presidential candidates, in Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, will not have it easy. The media have already begun using its scare-mongering tactic – Dlamini-Zuma in the presidency is to be feared. EFF will constantly hurl the issue of Marikana at the deputy president.
What the ANC ought to have done by now is prepare a communication strategy that counters what we know is to come. But it cant, for it is divided itself and perhaps more importantly, it’s communication machinery has been extremely stretched having had to deal with an unrelenting media, opposition and enemies within.