April 26, 2017

The Media and The People

Traditionally, the media has been believed to have three primary functions which interestingly, are known to all and sundry including elements of society that have always been hell-bent on attacking the fourth estate at the slightest opportunity they get. However, the media has evolved significantly over the years, with society having bestowed an additional function on the media. It is now accepted that, among others, the media must provide a truthful, comprehensive and intelligent account of the day’s events in a context that gives them meaning; be a forum for and exchange of comments and criticism; project a representative picture…

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SONA army deployment not to protect Zuma: Ramaphosa

The deployment of armed SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members in the parliamentary precinct during the State of the Nation Address was not aimed at guarding President Jacob Zuma, but was a ceremonial exercise, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday. “The presence of the SANDF was not here to protect one individual. They were here to conduct thier own ceremonial duties on the opening of Parliament,” Ramaphosa said responding to questions in the National Assembly. The deputy president was responding to a question from Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane who claimed the army was deployed to unnerve opposition…

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20th anniversary of the South African Constitution

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On 10 December 1996 President Nelson Mandela signed the South African Constitution in Sharpeville, Sedibeng District. The South African Constitutional process is attributed to the visionary leadership of ANC President Oliver Tambo. In the 1980s President Tambo appointed Constitutional Committee of the ANC comprising of, inter alia, Albie Sachs and Kader Asmal with a view to outlining a Bill of Rights for a new democratic South Africa. President Tambo instructed the committee to incorporate the demands enshrined in the Freedom Charter in formulating the Constitutional Guidelines. He was also responsible for the drafting of Harare Declaration which was adopted by…

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