South Africa’s Media Frenzy


I was reading articles on News24 the other night when suddenly the app on my phone bombed out. I wanted to continue reading the article I was busy with so I reopened the app. To my surprise, there were two new tabs on the newly updated website – one for the elections and the other for the Oscar Pistorius case. It is a crazy time in South African media.

The popular reports reflect our main interests – politics and a murder case involving a celebrity. I wonder if the two will begin to overlap at some stage. Perhaps the DA will promise to reform the justice system if Oscar is acquitted. Taking advantage of the intense media following, maybe Oscar himself will join a political party and create waves in the tabloids around election time. On the other hand, he may be found guilty and then later appeal for medical parole due to illness. Some would consider the absence of two limbs as a serious condition, thus feeling morally obliged to release Oscar so that he can recuperate at home and perhaps, grow more limbs.

The world’s eyes will be on us for the next couple of months. If history is anything to go by, we will continue to be called a “failed country” and the crime, corruption, farm murders and all the other reasons that have apparently forced about 800,000 white South Africans out of here over the past two decades will be highlighted. We have nobody to blame but ourselves. Our media feeds us what we want to hear, see and read. Unfortunately we have become a nation of complainers, but on the lighter side of things and in America, where the grass is obviously a much brighter shade of green than it is here, the Oscars took place. Ellen DeGeneres did a great job entertaining her audience and took an awesome selfie with an all star cast. It is strange however, that nobody covered the story of her backstage conversation with Angelina Jolie in which it was decided that no philanthropic efforts will be continued in Uganda.

Yes, this is another South African complaining. I just wish we could focus a bit more on the beauty of our country and all the things we can be thankful for. Maybe if we start seeing them, the world will too.

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Maja Dezulovic


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