What is Happening to the Alliance?

What is Happening to the Alliance?

By Helga JansenMuch is at stake in the latest spat between Cosatu and the ANC. Disciplinary action as mooted by the National Working Committee of the ANC will threaten the Alliance says Vavi and a number of Cosatu affiliates that have come out in support of their...

The ANC’s Media Freedom Doublespeak

By Jane Duncan2 August 2010The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has just released a document on the media for its National General Council (NGC) meeting, scheduled for September. The document, entitled ‘Media transformation, ownership and diversity’,...

Do We Need an Independent Media Tribunal?

By Jeremy CroninIt is generally considered unwise for a politician to debate critically with the media through the media about the media. You don’t exactly enjoy home-ground advantage. This has been obvious in recent weeks with the re-surfacing of the debate...

Consign the Info Bill to the Dustbin of History

By Terry BellIn 1993, as the prospect of a non-racist democracy loomed, the last apartheid president, F. W. de Klerk and his minions, ordered the destruction of tonnes of files, microfilm, audio and computer tapes and disks.  Information about state-sponsored murders,...

ANC Not Im-Press-ed

South Africa is a complex democracy, more specifically a neo-liberal democracy. Media transformation is expected to be driven by the market in accordance with neo-liberal policies. However, markets have failed over and over again to drive transformation. This raises a...