17th of May, 2011
The ANC again criticised the media on Monday over its coverage of the 2011 local government election.
"For a big part of this campaign, we had to swim against the media," ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said at a meeting with political journalists and editors.
The meeting was called to discuss the party’s 2011 election campaign, but was dominated by debate over the media’s coverage of the ANC ahead of the May 18 polls.
Mantashe said that for much of the campaign, the ANC had had to “rise” against the media.
He said journalists in the print media “couched analysis as facts”. The electronic media repeatedly showed negative images, without mentioning the positives.
"You stage-manage the message that comes out on electronic media," Mantashe said.
Journalists raised their own concerns, saying the ANC needed to manage its communication better.
Mantashe responded that if the ANC tried to manage the media better, the media would “cry control”.
Citing editorials in two newspapers, which Mantashe did not name, he said they either “viciously” attacked the ANC or said nothing at all about the party.
He also criticised the media for “tampering” with ANC messages, saying the media felt it had a “monopoly of wisdom to know what society wants to hear”.
"The media, for God’s sake, must not tamper with our messages… give us a blackout rather."
Earlier in the campaign, the ANC questioned the timing of certain stories published in the mainstream press, including reports on a plot by senior ANC members to oust President Jacob Zuma.
13th of May, 2011
Ok so alot of you have come to me asking stupid questions about the recent death of Osama Bin Laden. The reason why I call your questions stupid is because you don’t follow the media. And if you do, then in your eyes it seems perfectly normal for a government to release contradicting information about a man who is supposedly the most wanted person on the planet.
So let’s start with how many time’s Osama Bin Laden has been declared dead..
1: A Time article that quotes the CIA on how Osama Bin Laden had between 6 and 18 months to live due to his health condition (2008). (Read also The Guardian) (This story is true according to Steve Peczenik (Try google him, he’s not just some doos talking out of his arse))
2: Fox News reports on a Pakistan Observer story that the Afghan Taliban had officially pronounced Osama Bin Laden dead earlier that month. According to the report, he was buried less than 24 hours later in an unmarked grave in accordance with Wahabbist Sunni practices. (DECEMBER 2001)
3: An Article showing that the French intelligence leaked a report suggesting Osama Bin Laden had died in Pakistan. (2006)
4: Youtube - A video of the former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, explaining to Al-Jazeera’s David Frost that Omar Sheikh had killed Osama Bin Laden (She was assassinated. Car bomb..).
al-Qaeda; the organization that Osama Bin Laden had supposedly run - is now apparently run by Anwar al-Awlaki; the man who was seen dining at the pentagon just months after the Septemeber 11th attacks in 2001. (Anwar al-Awlaki was also invovled with the “underwear bomber”, and here is the eyewitness account from people who saw the “underwear bomber” boarding the plane) This organization has always been involved in strange situations for some reason. For instance, an article out of MSNBC explains that in 2001; various Taliban and al-Qaeda members were flown from Afghanistan and into Pakistan, then set free. But al-Qaeda as an organization alone is a-whole-nother story.. So I’ll get to it another time.
Now back to Osama bin Laden.
The contradictions regarding the information that is given to us by governments is ridiculous. And there is just so much of it, so it takes quite a while to sort it all out. My theory for his death, is that he died of illness, not assassination. Most of you will probably laugh at the thought of me questioning the mainstream story we are given. So I’m going to explain to you how stupid this story is. The same story that you for some reason think is CORRECT.. (And now you might understand why I call you an idiot) :)
The first and ORIGINAL story given to us by the US government.
The second news story.
The third news story.
The story of how his death was followed by a burial through Sharia law. (According to the US government)
Muslim scholars quickly state that a burial at sea is BREAKING Sharia law.
The Pentagon releases fake photos and fake new videos.
The Obama Admistration watches supposed ‘live footage’ of Osama assassination. A news article gets released shortly afterwards explaining that there was no footage and that there was a blackout during the raid.
So now, obviously you can’t show Hillary Clinton in awe with her hand over her mouth. And that’s why this certain newspaper had to publish the same stupid article but with no horrified Hillary..
al-Qaeda claims nuclear bombs are hidden all accross America - posted on March 30th, 2011. - This is one of my main points. If al-Qaeda was cabable of such a thing, then why is it that when the Americans finally catch this idiot - they don’t capture and confront him (even though his organization just admited that they have nuclear bombs hidden all over the place).. No, they just simply capture him, give him a quick “DNA test”, kill him and then throw him into the sea… Did I mention that al-Qaeda also has nuclear bombs hidden in Europe?
The most dangerous man in the world… Who runs a worldwide organization in which the superpowers of the world are constantly at war with, and who also has nukes hidden everywhere just WAITING for a reason to be detonated was killed (while unarmed) without even one question…
Oh… But don’t listen to me. I’m just a paranoid conspiracy theorist remember?…… Hahahahaha
10th of May, 2011
Us South Africans have become all too familiar with the corruption and lies of the present and past governments alike (obviously I’m talking about the false sense of transparency within the old government’s relation towards the public).
But it’s what the ANC has done recently, has really got me asking questions - ones regarding the 82,000 “missing” SANDF and SAN issued weapons…
Naturally, one would simply pass this off as petty corruption inside the military; where criminals bribe officials in exchange for weapons. A decade ago, this would seem appropriate - but according to a Mail & Guardian report - some of the weapons that are missing include: mortars (81mm, 60mm) and rocket launchers (88mm, 70mm, 40mm).
In another article, Defence and Military Veterans Minister - Lindiwe Sisulu was asked a controversial question by a reporter who was concerned about the sale of South African manufactured weapons in late 2010 to Col. Muammar Gaddafi. She replied with "Have we sold any sniper rifles to Libya? Not that I’m aware of."
She also added that “We have a committee that oversees the sale of any arms or ammunition from South Africa to any country outside of ourselves. A report is provided of our activities in this regard by the NCACC and I am not aware that Libya is on the list of those countries that we have sold sniper rifles to.”
The department spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya explained in a statement that the minister did not say South Africa “has not sold arms to Libya but that she is not aware of it.”
“The minister would not have been aware as the selling of arms and the management of the process is not managed by the Department of Defence but by the National Conventional Arms Control Committee which is chaired by the Minister of Justice, Jeff Radebe,” he said.
Now this is where things become strange; because according to David Maynier (The DA’s Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veterans) - the DA understands that “more than 100 sniper rifles and more than 50 000 rounds of ammunition may have been exported to Libya in late 2010”.
On August 6 2009, NCACC chairperson Jeff Radebe had “admitted that Libya has in the past, purchased various kinds of weapons from South Africa”, Maynier said.
He then added that the weapons systems appeared to have included 40mm multiple grenade launchers, a Hercules C130 aircraft, and various armoured personnel carriers.
“However, in addition to this, we understand that more than 100 sniper rifles and more than 50 000 rounds of ammunition were exported to Libya in late 2010.”
This raised a serious question because there had been multiple reports that security forces had used sniper rifles to fire on protesters in Libya.. (similar to what happened in Syiria, Yemen, Bahrain (by Saudi security forces), Egypt and Tunisia)
“We understand that the export of the sniper rifles and ammunition was authorised by the National Conventional Arms Control Committee,” Maynier said.
Why this isn’t investigated any further? We’ll never know… But let’s just hope we find more people like David Maynier.
David Maynier confronts Lindiwe Sisulu about the SANDF problems.
He states “Lindiwe Sisulu is in danger of becoming a “modern-day Magnus Malan”” - David Maynier.