24 January 2019

South Africa: Faiez Jacobs' Recent Discharge Is the Height of Hypocrisy

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The slanderous diatribe against the DA from the ANC's Faiez Jacobs belonged in the trash, but it found its way on to the public record. It needs to be rebutted.

Is there a thread of integrity left in the ANC? Western Cape ANC Secretary Faiez Jacobs's most recent Daily Maverick article proves otherwise. (It was an opinion piece - Ed.) The public reaction to his menu of blatant lies says it all. As at the time of writing, 719 readers had remarked that they "disagree", and a further 233 had labelled his article "rubbish". People have seen it for what it is - a gross attempt to manufacture a scandal.

It is concerning that Daily Maverick, which to date has been regarded by readers as an ethical and reputable media outlet, continues to publish slanderous and factually devoid pieces like this, despite them being rebutted time and again. The problem for online media outlets is clear - the more salacious the content, the higher the clicks. But what about the public good? With due respect, I'd like to call on Daily Maverick's editors to do the bare minimum of fact-checking before printing articles with such litigious claims. In failing to...

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