The Inkatha Freedom Party’s (IFP) structures will embark upon a mass march to the offices of City Press next Friday, 16 September 2022. The purpose of the march is to protest the abuse of this platform by City Press editor, Mondli Makhanya.
For decades now, Mr Makhanya has been masquerading as a journalist; all while he has harboured a personal political grudge against the IFP.
It is important to note that Mr Makhanya is quoted in Dr Anthea Jeffrey’s book, The People’s War, as having participated in the black-on-black violence of the past, taking pleasure participating and seeing IFP members maimed. Based on his writing, it is clear that this so-called editor 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.
Mr 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.
As the IFP, we wish to state clearly that we respect the Constitution, including Section 16, which provides that “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes … freedom of the press and other media”. Mr Makhanya, as a member of the Fourth Estate, knows full well that he is held to a higher standard than the average man and woman on the street as regards this particular freedom.
However, despite this responsibility, he continues to peddle unsubstantiated opinions and blatant lies, particularly about the IFP’s Founder and President Emeritus, Prince Buthelezi.
The delegation will hand over a list of demands to City Press.
Details are as follows:
March to: City Press Offices, 272 Pretoria Avenue, Ferndale, Randburg, Johannesburg
Date: Friday, 16 September 2022
Mr Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP
IFP National Spokesperson
071 111 0539
Mr Bonginkosi Dhlamini MPL
IFP Gauteng Chairperson
082 565 3571
Ms Liezl Van Der Merwe MP
IFP Communications Director
082 729 2510