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WATCH | ‘Absolute balderdash’: Metropolis Press editor responds to IFP’s allegations

  • IFP members marched to the workplaces of Metropolis Press in Randburg in response to articles by editor-in-chief Mondli Makhanya. 
  • The get together was sad with the best way Makhanya portrayed the IFP and its founder, Prince Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi. 
  • Makhanya stated he didn’t assume South Africa ought to sanitise its historical past.

Metropolis Press editor-in-chief Mondli Makhanya has labelled the IFP’s allegations towards him as “absolute balderdash after the get together marched to the publication’s workplaces on Friday.

IFP chief Velenkosi Hlabisa led the march to Randburg in response to articles printed by Makhanya.

The get together alleged he had put it and its chief, Prince Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi, in a foul gentle.

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In an opinion piece on Buthelezi final month, Makhanya wrote: “It boggles the thoughts how a nation that claims to be appalled at South Africa’s excessive ranges of violent crime can have fun a mass assassin who contributed a lot to the tradition of violence that prevails in the present day; how a folks that’s so fixated on the sins of the previous can so casually overlook the sins of a person who was accountable for a lot of the killing that occurred within the identify of apartheid.”

Individuals who joined within the march towards Makhanya travelled from so far as the Free State, Mpumalanga, and KwaZulu-Natal.

Hlabisa stated each journalist had the proper to precise themselves, however additionally they needed to be accountable.

In the course of the protest, which started at Rose Backyard Park in Randburg, the marchers sang wrestle songs whereas marching down the street to Metropolis Press’ workplaces.

The march was led by Hlabisa, IFP nationwide spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa, deputy nationwide chairperson Thembi Mthethwa, KZN chairperson Thami Ntuli, and Gauteng chairperson Bonginkosi Dlamini.

Once they arrived on the workplaces, they handed a memorandum to Metropolis Press information editor Timothy Molobi who was representing Makhanya.

Hlabisa requested Metropolis Press to chorus from publishing any materials that defamed Buthelezi and the IFP.

He stated: 

We’re supplying you with 14 days to supply us with a response. Failing to take action will outcome within the get together appearing in a way that may be troublesome for the publication to handle.

With out offering proof, Hlabisa known as Makhanya a “self-confessed assassin”.

“Mondli Makhanya has a historical past of hating [the] IFP, and in 1990, within the Weekly Mail of 30 Might to six June, he used the pseudonym of Oscar Gumede the place he confessed that he used to rejoice when he participated within the killing of IFP members by setting alight their homes,” he stated.

Makhanya added the Weekly Mail article Hlabisa referred to was nonsense and the IFP was making an attempt to make the difficulty about him quite than Buthelezi.

“They need that historic reality to be hidden from historical past, and I cannot try this. I do not assume South Africa ought to sanitise its historical past.

“I feel South Africa ought to be reminded of their historical past. What occurred previously impacts what occurs now. If it makes folks uncomfortable, it is too unhealthy. 

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“In that article, I wrote concerning the violence in KwaZulu-Natal, and what they’re making an attempt to do now’s to show issues round and say that I’ve murdered an individual.

“I’ve stated nothing about me murdering anybody. I merely spoke of how the violence occurred then and the way our defence workforce was on the time. The truth that I used a pseudonym is just not in dispute,” stated Makhanya.

Whereas he couldn’t touch upon the memorandum, he stated as a journalist he had duties to fulfil, and anybody who needed to problem the media should think about approaching the ombudsman or a court docket.

In a press release, Sanef stated it considered the deliberate march as an act of intimidation, directed at those that criticised the get together or its management.

“We aren’t satisfied that mobilising get together supporters to march to the workplaces of a media home will obtain any constructive outcome,” it added in a press release.

“If something, such mobilisation can solely be considered as nothing greater than the bullying of Mondli Makhanya, the editor-in-chief of Metropolis Press – meant to silence him.”

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