Posted by: Pumelela Nqelenga on Aug 02, 2011
When I thought the fuss was over, BAAM, editors are suing each other on twitter over the Malema issue.
I had planned to have a more informative post this week, all about e-government and e-democarcy but my fingers are in a trance and want to say something about the Eric Miyeni and Ferial Haffajee saga.
It was all over twitter when Haffajee claimed she would be suing Miyeni thanks to his outrages article that stated that she would be necklaced during Apartheid because of the Malema stories that were published in the last two issues of the City Press.
I am no fan of Malema and I thought my last blog post would have been my first and last on this public figure but things are cooking up in the media industry thanks to him.
I mean, really, thanks Malema.
No public figure in the country would make any editor want to sue people over twitter because of them.
So I have a point in this issue.
I was disgusted by what Miyeni state when we wrote that:
"Who the devil is she anyway if not a black snake in the grass, deployed by white capital to sow discord among blacks?”
Why go down that level when you have the intellectual capacity to write a proper sentence that is less defamatory and more to the point?
Well, what I love about social media is that it only took Haffajee 140 characters to sue the Soweton columnist.
Haffajee simply wrote: “Decided: am going to sue, possibly win and put proceeds into bursary for talented young opinionistas. Good end to sorry saga.”
She even had 15 more characters to put a hash tag “#YaISaidIt” just to put the nail in the rotten coffin.
I find it so silly that as black journalists we have no say in criticizing each other and that if we do, we are breaking the black brother hood code which states ‘don’t touch me cause I’m black’.
Growing up in a township where each woman in my street was my mother and had the right to beat me up if I did wrong, I learned that disciplining was something necessary no matter who it is as long as it is for the good.
So I am glad that Miyeni is sacked for his stupid opinion, which he claims all black South Africans agree with, and will hopefully learn a better way to be critical without being careless.