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The Fourth Estate and the ANC: Excerpt From Who Rules South Africa?

Who Rules South Africa?The Daily Maverick have published a second extract from Who Rules South Africa?: Pulling the strings in the battle for power by Martin Plaut and Paul Holden in light of Jackie Selebi’s recent medical parole. You can read the first extract from the book here. In this excerpt they discuss the relationship between the ANC and the press and examine the watchdog role that the media has played in recent years:

Jackie Selebi may have been given a get-out-of-jail-free-card, but his every move is being scrutinised by the people who put him there – the South African press. The paper that first broke news of the Selebi scandal questioned the validity of his parole, reminding people of another felon that had been “sent home to die”, but who would languish on golf courses instead. “The reaction to the parole ruling of Jackie Selebi has shown the shadow of Schabir Shaik is still haunting South Africa’s medical parole procedure,” the Mail & Guardian declared.

The press became an object of extreme irritation for Shaik, given that after his parole they followed him everywhere, watching and reporting on his every move; the same will happen to Selebi.

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