Justice Malala – The reality of journalism in South Africa

Justice Malala - with Teamvuvu 2013

Justice Malala – with Teamvuvu 2013

Writer, political analyst and journalist, Justice Malala gave Wits Vuvuzela an insight into his defined political views of South Africa.Malala as an established personality and journalist in the national and international media has much to divulge about politics and journalism.

The problem in South African journalism

“These South Africans are weird” said Malala. A fine way to start off his talk about South African politics. The problem with the country is when we face a low-point it is exaggerated to immense extents, which is not necessary, “In South Africa the world is always ending” he said.

Malala emphasised the need to think critically and logically when it comes to politics inSouth Africa. We as citizens should not make rash decisions based on emotional baggage which we carry through from apartheid.

It is problematic as to how we [as journalists] report on politics in this country. By living in South Africa we are afforded a free media environment where we [journalists] can report open and freely, with some limitations. “Countries which have a free press go places”, said Malala.

Malala said, “We need to think intensely about our future and the future of the media.” This is due to the fact that there is an endless amount of ways to reach news broadcasting apart from your television and newspapers. People do not have time to buy the paper sometimes and TV is slowly becoming redundant with the global advancements in technology and social networking.

Twitter the way forward…

Twitter is the way forward and sometimes “print articles posses less information than twitter can provide” said Malala. You can get a whole speech posted on your twitter timeline and be up-to-date with all current news just from following the right people and reading your twitter timeline.

When asked by a student what his views were about Agang, Malala said, “I think Mamphela Ramphele is a powerful and impressive woman […] however I don’t think she has done enough to build an organisation.” Looking at the history of political parties in South Africa, they all soon drop in ratings over the years with the exception of the Democratic Alliance (DA). None of them have yet to take over the African National Congress (ANC) as they are a “mean machine.”When asked about his opinion on the New Age newspaper Malala said, the New Age is not transparent as they do not allow “their circulation numbers to be monitored” and as a result “I do not know how they attract advertising.”


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