FRANK Maponya's article, "Mathale's progress report does not add up, published in Sowetan of February 19, brought many questions to mind.
One is whether the journalist had the facts to back up his insinuation that the premier was lying?
Maponya wrote, "He also said 321 houses had been built in the village. But Sowetan can reveal that only 231 houses have been built."
There is a possibility that the journalist did not bother visiting the site to verify how many houses had been completed.
The media is responsible for informing the public and it is important for journalists to verify facts before they write articles.
It is disturbing and embarrassing really, to read articles of this nature. The government tries to communicate its programmes and activities to the media and this is done using various platforms, including press conferences and media networking sessions.
These platforms offer journalists an opportunity to ask questions where they seek clarity, but some, like Maponya, choose not to. (He attended a press conference addressed by the premier shortly after the state of the province address, but did not ask any questions).
Instead, Maponya went on to mislead the public with the claim that the premier mentioned incorrect figures. Articles of this nature make us question the credibility of certain media houses.
To the journalist, for your information, 324 housing units have been completed in Muyexe and next time, please try to verify the facts instead of misleading the public.
Rirhandzu Nkombyani Polokwane