Driving home from the airport early this morning, I thought I had gone back to sleep and was dreaming when, from the interminable “mix” concocted by 5FM’s DJ Euphonic, I heard the voice of Julius Malema. A recording of the ANC Youth League president castigating the BBC journalist Jonah Fisher was being played against a buzzy backtrack. (Watch Malema’s original tirade here.)
As the malevolent snarls died away, I wondered why they had been featured in this song. Was this some sort of not-so-subliminal warning to those with “white tendencies” that they ought to behave? Was it satire – an attempt at mockery? Or had the petulant little tyrant’s outburst been included in the song just for the sake of it – a reason that surely justifies many artworks?
A double espresso or two later, it still remains a mystery to me as to why this vehement, racist attack was broadcast on public radio long after it ceased to be a news item.
The video snippet of the chairperson of the finance portfolio committee falling off his broken chair in a live interview on SABC 2 on Tuesday has spread like wildfire. It was even featured on PerezHilton.com, the celebrity blog, which means that gazillions of people have seen it all over the world!
The quality of SABC’s comic offering has just skyrocketed….
An SABC news report, heard on radio yesterday, revealing that Mbazhima Shilowa had launched a new breakaway party has not been confirmed or reported elsewhere. No mention is made of the news on the SABC website either.
Was this a case of “creative newsmaking” or has the development happened but been purposefully hushed up?
Only time will tell.
In a blow to Kgalema Motlanthe’s attempts to unify the ANC, Mbazhima Shilowa — who yesterday resigned as Gauteng’s premier — is to launch a breakaway political party in Klipfontein, Soweto.
This is according to a breaking news report from 5fm, an SABC radio station.
The SABC News wesbite is currently down so I have been unable to corroborate the report; so far no other news organisation has reported the news yet.
In Friday’s Business Day, Charles Leonard, the paper’s news editor and a former SABC journo, has a must-read article on the post-Madiba decline of the SABC at the hands of Commisar Snuki and his coterie of Mbeki-loyalists who hijacked the public broadcaster and turned it into a ruling party mouthpiece.
Click here to read the story.