SABC leaves SANEF
Dali Mpofu|Snuki Zikalala
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    04 September 2007

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    SABC leaves SANEF

    South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) boss Dali Mpofu led the public broadcaster to quit the South African National Editors' Forum last week in protest against the "profit-driven" media's treatment of Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang. In his letter Mpofu juxtaposed the alleged motivation of the ‘profit-driven” commercial media with the values of the public broadcaster. ‘We cannot remain quiet while our mothers and our democratically chosen leaders are stripped naked for the sole reason of selling newspapers,” he said, in reference to the Sunday Times‘s detailed coverage of Tshabalala-Msimang’s alleged alcohol abuse as reflected in the records of one of her hospital stays. Mpofu’s latest letter breaking up with the South African National Editors’ Forum is a lesson in how to write with drama, emotion, exaggeration and delusion. So disgusted is he with the way the media has covered the expose of Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang that he can hardly contain himself: “Shame on all of you, especially those who have turned their backs on your own cultural values for 30 pieces of silver, pretending to be converted to foreign, frigid and feelingless freedoms.”

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