Publication: Sunday Times Issued: Date: 2003-09-21 Reporter: Takalani Ratshibvumo

Reporter Fed Us Bias



Sunday Times

Date 2003-09-21


Takalani Ratshibvumo

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I read with disbelief last Sunday about the suspension of Ranjeni Munusamy, a political journalist on the Sunday Times. I liked the more detailed report on the IOL website, which gave a history of the same journalist and how she had been linked to the ANC, especially in KwaZulu-Natal.

For the first time I understood.

I feel that many South Africans who trusted Munusamy feel betrayed by her investigative tactics, which are very selective.

At first I wondered why Deputy President Jacob Zuma complained so much about the questions sent to him by Bulelani Ngcuka being published in the Sunday Times, whereas Ngcuka denied giving the questions to Munusamy.

If Zuma was blaming Ngcuka for disclosing the confidential questions, and Ngcuka seemed to be suggesting that Zuma had leaked them to shift the attention from the investigation , why didn't Munusamy just expose the "crook", from either side?

Now I realise that she could not have done so because her reporting was not impartial but tainted with bias.

I read that she had been a spokesperson for the ANC's KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC, S'bu Ndebele.

It is now common knowledge that Munusamy is the one who was given the documents that culminated in City Press suggesting that Ngcuka was an apartheid-era spy, after the Sunday Times refused to publish the story. What was her interest?

Without the knowledge of her history, and how she was strongly linked to the ANC's leadership in KwaZulu-Natal (during Zuma's time), one could innocently think: no, she has no interest.

But that is obviously not the case.

It is also my belief that Munusamy must have obtained documents, including the questions from the Scorpions to Zuma, from a source that Ngcuka terms "comrade criminals".

To journalists like Munusamy I wish to say the following: your conduct may benefit you, but you are destroying the cornerstone institutions of our democracy.

Why push for the removal of a man who is so impartial that he will prosecute his friends if there is evidence of corruption?

With acknowledgements to Takalani Ratshibvumo and the Sunday Times.