13 April 2018
The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) is of the view that the covert operation that was set-up to use journalist to discredit, tarnish and assassinate the character of the late Cde Winnie Madikizela Mandela's character to sway public opinion against her never demolished post 1994 but just widened the net in terms of their targets.
The late Cde Winnie was a victim of the smear campaign that painted her as an anarchist. The campaign was not only perpetuated by racists but also by patriachists who could not stand seeing women climbing the political ladder and occupy high decision making positions in politics. The South African media, with a exceptions of few media houses, is still stuck in an apartheid era of being used to assassinate characters of women particularly blacks who actively participate in politics. Post-1994, some women who are actively involved in politics are still victims of character assassination by some houses media.
The ANCWL has been on record calling for the transformation of the media houses that in form and character still reflects pre-1994 and advances racism and patriarchy. Media has a responsibility to contribute to development and promotion of non-racial and non-sexist society. However, due to racial and patriarchal structures prevalent in media houses, the narrative some media houses are driving perpetuates racial and gender inequalities in the country.
The ANCWL calls all members of the society across all political divides to unite and demand fair and objective reporting from media houses about women politicians. The continuation of character assassination of women politicians particularly blacks by some media houses must be stopped.
ANCWL recognizes the important role media houses plays to advance democracy in South Africa, but there must be radical transformation in ownership, control, management and content diversity.
Radical transformation of the media sector now or never!!
ANCWL Secretary General
Cde Toko Xasa
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