Editorials 28.1.2016 09:00 am

Don’t blame media for everything

President Jacob Zuma. File Photo: Gallo Images

President Jacob Zuma. File Photo: Gallo Images

It has become a silly norm for politicians to make the media the scapegoat whenever they find themselves in a tight corner.

Take for instance the statement released by the presidency on Wednesday, slamming reports that there was no consultation on the Tax Administration Laws Amendment Act signed into law by President Jacob Zuma.

“Media reports that there was no consultation are incorrect and misleading. The presidency insists there was an extensive consultation process over the Tax Administration Laws Amendment Act, spanning over two years, before it was signed into law,” it said. It was not the media that said Zuma did not consult anyone.

His party’s alliance partners, the Congress of SA Trade Unions and the South African Communist Party are the ones that blasted his decision and lamented lack of consultation. Our politicians are known for passing the buck, instead of owning up to their mistakes. The Zuma administration must confront the true source of tension between itself and the ruling party’s alliance partners. Blaming the Fourth Estate won’t make their differences go away.

 

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