Power calls for scrutiny

THERE continues to be a faulty notion among some ANC leaders and supporters that we in the media are fixated on them and the alliance.

THERE continues to be a faulty notion among some ANC leaders and supporters that we in the media are fixated on them and the alliance.

According to this erroneous notion, the media latches on to the divisive and controversial issues simply because we aim to boost sales in tough trading conditions.

While we are the first to admit that any newspaper, except those that have as their stated intention not to make a profit, will do whatever it takes to boost readership and circulation. That said, we are not as desperate as to create mountains where there are only molehills.

Furthermore, with President Jacob Zuma having all but anointed Julius Malema as the heir to the ANC throne, it is inevitable that the youth leader's actions and utterances will be under great scrutiny. When such outbursts rail against Zuma and Malema's own comrades, we are bound to pay attention.

We report what is going on in the ruling party and alliance because actions or non-actions based on these faction fights have a bearing on the governance of the country and the delivery of services.

It is a classic case of the grass suffering as a consequence of fighting among the elephants. Interesting as developments in other parties might be, they are not in government.

Supporters of the ruling alliance have no choice but to accept that they are no longer members of a romantic underground movement but are now a government whose every step, action and word will be watched carefully.

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