However, in the recent past, the media has been making news for all the wrong reasons. This has, to a certain degree, compromised the integrity of the media. As a result, the nation is fast losing faith in this important institution. The growing phenomenon of fake news is not making things easier.
Not long ago, the controversial and talented journalist Ranjeni Munusamy was reported to have benefited from the crime intelligence slush fund. Munusamy has since denied the allegations and is fighting tooth and nail to clear her name. In the meanwhile, she has been suspended by her employer, Tiso Blackstar Group. But I digress.
In South Africa, as in other countries, the media treats political leaders differently. It has its favourites and those it favours less - and it's showing it. Whatever happened to media objectivity? There is no such thing as media objectivity, it appears.
One fascinating personality that the media always gives space and airtime (undeservedly so) is the BLF leader, Andile Mngxitama. Mngxitama leads a movement of a few people, yet he is always on the news. On the other hand, leaders of small political parties who have seats in Parliament don't enjoy the same coverage. Is that fair?