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ANC: Media is the main opposition


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ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Dumisani Sibeko

The media is the main opposition ahead of the upcoming local elections, the ANC said on Tuesday.

“We must realise that in this elections the main opposition is the media. Leave the DA, leave Cope... we will work very hard against that strong opposition,” ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said at a briefing at Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

Mantashe illustrated this through examples such as the story about the plot to oust President Jacob Zuma, the recycling of the story of white resident associations and the misrepresentation of comments made by ANC Youth League president Julius Malema about Zuma.

Mantashe was speaking after a meeting of the ANC's top six leaders. - Sapa


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realist, wrote

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04:06pm on 12 April 2011
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AKA........Feel what? HUH??? What EXACTLY is your point? School started on Monday; should'nt you be studying? Because trust me, you need an education my son.

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realist, wrote

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03:56pm on 12 April 2011
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KABELO...Speaking of liars...how you been lately? Is your IQ higher than an ice block? If so keep it up my son. Maybe you can become President one day. You have all the atributes...........

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silver and gold, wrote

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03:45pm on 12 April 2011
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the ANC croonies are their own worst enemy, not the media. Stop and punish corruption, remove criminals from the ANC's ranks, stop nepotism, start showing transparency on the deals done. Stop governement employees to tender for public contracts, etc. You do that convincingly the media wouldn't have much to report on you F%^$rs

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laughing, wrote

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03:39pm on 12 April 2011
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The truth is Free Speech is the opposition to the ANC

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Bonnie 2 Shoes, wrote

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03:31pm on 12 April 2011
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Alrighty then.....the feeders are looking up from the trough and realising that there is an election coming up.... with one foot in the trough and the other pointing at the media, as the main opposition!!!

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AKA, wrote

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03:30pm on 12 April 2011
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I can’t believe these immigrants are turning a blind eye on the fact that the media fabricated Malema’s statement. Comment on the article and leave our Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment ANC. Go waste your votes while the ANC win elections! FACT!!! ANC ROCKZZZZZZZZ

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AKA, wrote

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03:23pm on 12 April 2011
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Mantashe you are spot on! The editor of The Star can attest to that. I'm glad you've found the problem now bring the solution!!! WE WILL SUPPORT YOU. MEDIA TRIBUNAL IS THE WAY TO GO. Remember folks South Africa is situated in Africa not Europe!!! Now feel that!!!

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Graham F, wrote

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03:05pm on 12 April 2011
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Yep, we love democracy as long as everyone agrees with our thinking. ASctually the National Party thought the same about the press(not SABC)so the press must be doing something right.

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Anonymous, wrote

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03:02pm on 12 April 2011
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shame on you Gwede and your buddies,honesty is the best policy and the media is the platform that makes sure fools like you are fully exposed!!!!

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Rohan, wrote

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02:54pm on 12 April 2011
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Because they show the world how corrupt and incompetent you are ????!!!!If you have an honest hair on your hair you should be thanking them for helping you showing who you SHOULD get rid of in your organization,instead of whining like a spoiled brat who feels everybody owes you something.

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Ringmaster, wrote

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02:49pm on 12 April 2011
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It hurts when the truth (or a reasonable facimile thereof) gets out.

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Kabelo Tau, wrote

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02:48pm on 12 April 2011
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The media has declared itself the official opposition to govt and must be treated as such, hence the mooted idea of turning the govt journal into a newpaper that will tell inform about what govt is doing, not only sensational stories as picked by the not so neautral media. @Morgan, the media has lied to you so many a times about the ANC and you believe them even after they had opologized for their lies publicly to the ANC, that makes you a pathetic liar: Someone who lies to an extant that they end up believing in their own lies.

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Ian, wrote

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02:46pm on 12 April 2011
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Gwede , wake up the anc is the anc's biggest opposition. Look at the cities and towns and see if service delivery is taking place, fat boy malema's company can't even build a taxi rank , how did they get the contract , certainly not through their track record. How did zuma's son get so rich so quickly, shaik sick wake man wake up

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realist, wrote

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02:46pm on 12 April 2011
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YAAAA, Mantash, you should have listened to the OLD KROKODIL, HEY!! This is insanity.YOU voted for a free media. Have you lost the plot ? Lol!!! The Nats spoke k*k, but boy, do you take the cake. Imagine what the rest of the world must think. I still can't stop laughing!!!! PW can't stop smiling, even in hell !!!

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Eli Jikelele, wrote

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02:42pm on 12 April 2011
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The truth is Mantashe that all the HONEST rational thinking literate blacks in this country are the true enemies of the ANC regime. They will not be easily fooled. You know that the ANC must keep the voter fodder ignorant and dependent on State grants and food parcels at election times. But we all know that eventually criminals like Amin, Mugabe, Mswati et al are found out.

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Double J, wrote

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02:33pm on 12 April 2011
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The media will be no opposition if you were playing fair games and stop being corrupt. So you want to fight the media so you can continue being corrupt and no one tells about it. Shame.

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Bonzo, wrote

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02:33pm on 12 April 2011
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Well well. Dear ol' ANC is waking up to the fact that it's got no place to hide any longer. Minister Shiceka has just given the media a fat handful of a headline; and so has General Mdluli; and so have many other ANC or government 'newsmakers'. Keep the news rolling in, ANC - you're the DA's best partners right now!

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Mark Fletcher, wrote

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02:31pm on 12 April 2011
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Comments like this are strong indicators that the ANC is anti-democratic. A strong free press unhindered by government is one of the pillars of democracy.If the ANC had kept a clean house and had put a stop to self-enrichment, cronyism, racist labour practices, corruption, cadre deployment and the general sense of entitlement, and committed the party and its members to hard work and a deep sense of humanism, they would not be running scared. The totalitarian mind-set of the ANC is obvious. When the time comes, and it will, will they all go and sit holed up in hotels a la Gbagbo, and refuse to leave government?

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The Artist, wrote

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02:29pm on 12 April 2011
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No Mr Mantashe, greed is the main opposition.

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Mokwena, wrote

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02:26pm on 12 April 2011
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We always knew that Sir.they are bloody urgents.

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