Just what we need in post-World Cup South Africa: a new government-ass-kissing newspaper

Oh boy! Here we go again. More Indians kissing government ass!

I’m referring to the proposed new daily newspaper that is to be launched in South Africa, later this year by the Gupta family. Called The New Age, it is being touted as an independent newspaper, but according to Atul Gupta, head of Sahara Computers (a rather mediocre range of personal computers):

We will be broadly supportive of the ruling government. What is wrong with that?

What indeed is wrong with that?

Nothing except that nobody supports a government if they have nothing to benefit from it. Ordinary people will support a government which reciprocates by providing basic services, a safe environment to live in, and which upholds basic freedoms and rights. Business will support a government that reciprocates by providing an environment that is conducive to generating big profits.

Only ignorant people, and businesses hoping for a healthy dose of palm grease will support a government that does not produce the benefits listed earlier. And in South Africa, the government is not only well-known for not producing the benefits that are expected of government, they are rather well-known for the evils that are normally associated with despots and thieves.

Maybe, I’m completely off the mark, but it just smells way too fishy. And, The New Age brings to mind images of the new age of corruption that is so endemic in government circles.

What’s worse is that the Gupta’s will be launching the newspaper in partnership with Essop Pahad, a highly ranked political advisor in the previous ANC-government administration of Thabo Mbeki, which was unceremoniously booted out by the current Jacob Zuma mal-administration. Where this miserable specimen (another ass-kissing Indian, mind you) is involved, there are bound to be eye-brows raised; and his reputation as “…an uncouth enforcer of limited principle”  and a “rottweiler” [Andrew Feinstein, After the Party] , is sure to raise the hairs on one’s back. This relic from the past was all but dead and forgotten, but will now be raised again, through The New Age to influence, and possibly regurgitate more of his hateful rhetoric in a daily newspaper publication.

How long will it be before this broadly-supportive-of-government-newspaper is re-named by disenchanted readers to, The New BS. Let’s wait and see…

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