IFP City Press march

Former IFP leader, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi hospitalised
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‘Peddling lies about Buthelezi’: IFP to march to City Press offices

The IFP will march to City Press in offices in Randburg. It accused editor, Mondli Makhanya, of being a former ANC operative with an agenda.

IFP City Press march

Former IFP leader, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi hospitalised
Photo sourced via Twitter @IFPinParliament

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is forging ahead with its mass march to the offices of City Press on Friday, 16 September 2022 to protest the alleged abuse by editor, Mondli Makhanya.

This, after Makhanya recently wrote an opinion piece about former IFP leader and Founder, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi accusing him of being a mass murderer whose sins have been overlooked. .  

IFP TO MARCH TO CITY PRESS OFFICES

The IFP said for decades now, Makhanya has been masquerading as a journalist; all while he has harboured a personal political grudge against the party.

Furthermore, the party said based on his writing, it is clear that Makhanya is nothing more than a former ANC operative with an agenda, who has, in City Press, found a platform to abuse his former foe Prince Buthelezi, as well as the IFP.

“Makhanya is clearly in breach of his own editorial code of conduct. This calls into question why City Press has allowed this ongoing abuse, and why SANEF continues to stay quiet…He continues to peddle unsubstantiated opinions and blatant lies, particularly about the IFP’s Founder and President Emeritus, Prince Buthelezi.”

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SANEF WEIGHS IN ON PLANNED MARCH

The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has since called on the IFP to rethink its planned march.

Sanef said this is rather unfortunate as it creates an impression that there are no available avenues to resolve whatever issues anyone might have against journalists or a media house.

“As Sanef, we view the planned march as an act of intimidation by the IFP, directed at those who criticise the party or its leadership.

“We are not convinced that mobilising party supporters to march to the offices of a media house will achieve any constructive result. If anything, such mobilisation can only be viewed as nothing more than the bullying of Mondli Makhanya, the editor-in-chief of City Press – intended to silence him.”

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The non-profit organisation said it also notes that the IFP leadership has previously complained against the City Press – but the complaint failed. The IFP appealed the decision of the Press Ombudsman but the Chair of Appeals Panel, Judge Bernard Ngoepe dismissed it on 03 December 2021.

The party had also, in 2018/19, filed a lawsuit which was later abandoned after the City Press filed its responding affidavit, reportedly.

“It would appear to Sanef that having been unsuccessful in its previous attempts to challenge the City Press and its editor, the IFP is now resorting to intimidatory tactics – that set a dangerous precedent not just for the City Press, but the media in general.

“We note with sadness the increase in political parties calling on their members to act against journalists and media houses who critique them. We remind all political parties of their responsibility to uphold the principle of media freedom even when media opinions are not in their favour.”

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