Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
A JOURNALIST is expected to be impartial, avoid libel, be truthful, respect the rights of the public and, most of all, practice their trade .
So Julius Malema's recent claim that a City Press journalist forged his signature amounts to defamation of character and implicates the media and journalism as a whole if left untested in the courts .
It is a crime to forge someone's signature and it is a crime to defame someone's character?
Defaming a newspaper such as City Press can reduce public trust in the media in general. This is an attempt to assassinate the media.
l Does Malema think South Africans can access news in the future if we bury the media today because of his statements?
l Does he know the media is a mirror of our society?
l Does he think it is a good idea for one to break the mirror because one is ugly?
l How does he think others will adorn their heads, comb their hair and apply lipstick if someone has broken the mirror?
l Does he know that journalists were taught to defend media freedom?
What will Malema do if City Press challenges him in court, if he is found guilty and if he is sued for more than the wealth he has accumulated?
I urge Malema to prove his innocence in court for the sake of media freedom.
Such a move will teach the youth that he is leading to follow his example.
Matodzi McDonald, Thohoyandou