News – Rational Standard https://rationalstandard.com Africa's Top Liberal Commentary Site Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:48:18 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i2.wp.com/rationalstandard.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/cropped-RS-Logo.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 News – Rational Standard https://rationalstandard.com 32 32 94510741 Cape Party Takes Land Issue to Human Rights Commission https://rationalstandard.com/cape-party-takes-land-issue-to-human-rights-commission/ https://rationalstandard.com/cape-party-takes-land-issue-to-human-rights-commission/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:51:27 +0000 https://rationalstandard.com/?p=7953 Press release by the Cape Party The Cape Party has lodged a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to have the parliament resolution on land expropriation declared a violation of basic human rights. While South Africa is signatory to numerous international treaties which safeguard property rights, parliament hopes to amend the constitution […]

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Press release by the Cape Party

The Cape Party has lodged a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to have the parliament resolution on land expropriation declared a violation of basic human rights.

While South Africa is signatory to numerous international treaties which safeguard property rights, parliament hopes to amend the constitution to give the government powers to confiscate land without compensating the current owners.

Standing in front of the SAHRC offices in Cape Town, leader of the Cape Party, Jack Miller said: “There is another word for state expropriation without compensation, it is quite simply theft in the most criminal sense.”

The Cape Party believes that the resolution is in contravention of international law and cited such examples as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 17 (2): “No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his or her property.”

However, some in the ANC feel that Section 25 of the South African Constitution that deals with land expropriation has not been properly tested in law.

Ronald Lamola, of the ANC National Executive Committee said “The ANC must pass the Expropriation Bill now and insert a clause that says ‘without compensation’.”

Lamola also went on to say, “We must look into the possibility of the President taking the bill to the courts to test out its constitutionality.”

However, Miller rejected the ANC’s claims, calling the government’s proposal a “crime against humanity”, and an attempt to “enrich the political elite.”

Advocate Lloyd Lotz of the SAHRC acknowledged receipt of the submission, saying “this matter is of particular interest in the country,” and that “we will be deliberating internally on our position, based on our mandate.”

Lotz added that in spite of the heated political debate, the Cape Party submission had been the only official complaint over land expropriation that the SAHRC had received to date.

The deadline for the parliamentary committee to announce its decision to amend the Constitution will be this August 30th.

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Conference on State-Proofing the Private Sector – 5 June in Pretoria https://rationalstandard.com/conference-on-state-proofing-the-private-sector-5-june-in-pretoria/ https://rationalstandard.com/conference-on-state-proofing-the-private-sector-5-june-in-pretoria/#respond Mon, 28 May 2018 08:26:29 +0000 https://rationalstandard.com/?p=7865 This article is sponsored. AfriBusiness will be holding a timely event on 5 June 2018 on State-proofing the private sector. The conference, which includes renowned speakers from South Africa and abroad, concerns how the private sector can still succeed where the State has failed. It will be held between 08:00 and 14:00 at the Atterbury […]

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This article is sponsored.

AfriBusiness will be holding a timely event on 5 June 2018 on State-proofing the private sector. The conference, which includes renowned speakers from South Africa and abroad, concerns how the private sector can still succeed where the State has failed. It will be held between 08:00 and 14:00 at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria, with registration opening at 07:00.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Frans Cronje (CEO of the Institute of Race Relations)
  • Dawie Roodt (Chief Economist at the Efficient Group)
  • Prof Philipp Bagus (Professor of Economics at Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain; awarded the 201 Ludwig Erhard Prize in Germany)
  • Russell Lamberti (Head of ETM Macro Advisors)
  • Prof Willie Cronje (Alstom Chair for Clean Energy Systems Technology in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Piet le Roux (CEO of AfriBusiness)
  • and many more.

Some speakers will present in Afrikaans, and others in English. Translation services will be provided.

Date: 5 June 2018

Time: 8:00 – 14:00

Place: Atterbury Theatre, Pretoria

Cost (AfriBusiness members): R250

Cost (non-members): R850

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO RSVP

Visit the AfriBusiness Facebook page.

Follow AfriBusiness on Twitter @AfriSake.

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FMF Welcomes Changes To Hate Speech Bill, But Concerns Remain https://rationalstandard.com/fmf-welcomes-changes-to-hate-speech-bill-but-concerns-remain/ https://rationalstandard.com/fmf-welcomes-changes-to-hate-speech-bill-but-concerns-remain/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:16:54 +0000 https://rationalstandard.com/?p=7617 The Free Market Foundation (FMF) has welcomed changes to the justice department’s Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill. It notes, however, that the Bill is not needed, and that the definition of hate speech remains problematic. The Rational Standard has published widely on the Bill. You can read it all here. History of […]

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The Free Market Foundation (FMF) has welcomed changes to the justice department’s Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill. It notes, however, that the Bill is not needed, and that the definition of hate speech remains problematic.

The Rational Standard has published widely on the Bill. You can read it all here.

History of the Bill

The media release says that the “original iteration of the bill, the subject of widespread public disapproval, was published in 2016 and included provisions that would have seen the end of freedom of expression in South Africa. The public engagement on this bill, and government heeding the concerns of civil society, is a welcome incident of public participation in good faith, for which government must be commended.”

Highlighting the history of the Bill, the FMF says it “initially criminalised petty insults that ridiculed or brought people into contempt based on their occupations or beliefs. This would have meant that insults directed at the President, or directed at bad or ill-considered opinions, could land one in jail for up to three years for a first offence, and up to ten years for consequent offences.”

Definitions

The original bill’s definition “of hate speech did not align with the definition of hate speech found in section 16 of the Constitution; that is, advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm.”

The new bill’s definition is closer to that of the Constitution, argues the FMF. “Hate speech is now defined as publication, propagation, advocacy or communication, in a manner that could reasonably be construed to demonstrate a clear intention to be harmful or to incite harm or promote or propagate hatred, based on various grounds. This definition, despite its labyrinthine character, accords closely with that of the Constitution, albeit imperfectly.”

Protected grounds

The previous Hate Speech Bill protected seventeen characteristics, including “belief” and “trade or occupation”. The FMF writes that the new bill protects fifteen grounds; an improvement, but still nowhere close to the Constitution’s four protected grounds. The think tank “recommends in the strongest terms that the definition of hate speech in the Constitution be used in the bill without modification.”

Exemptions

The exemptions in the new bill were welcomed by the FMF. “The new bill makes generous provision for exemptions from the prohibition against hate speech. These include artistic expression; scientific and academic inquiry; religious expression; and, crucially, commentary and reporting that is fair and accurate.” This means that “the bill no longer poses an existential threat to freedom and democracy in South Africa”.

Existing law is good enough

The FMF believes existing law regulates hate speech sufficiently, and that new law isn’t necessary. “The Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act already prohibits hate speech, and the Films and Publications Act empowers the Films and Publications Board to refuse classification to publications which contain hate speech. Most notably, the doctrine of crimen injuria has been used in our law to prosecute cases of hate speech, most notably the case of Penny Sparrow and more recently that of Vicki Momberg.”

It continues, saying “South Africa must not legislate for legislating’s sake. It sets a fallacious precedent that government intervention can solve any social ill by throwing a law at it, and this, in turn, leads to a government that costs the taxpayer more money, costs the citizen more freedom, and ends up failing to solve the problem anyway. Existing law – especially the common law doctrine of crimen injuria – which can be refined where necessary, must be preferred to the introduction of new law.”

Good news, but not enough

The Board of Directors of Rational Publications welcomes these developments. The Bill, in its previous form, would have been not only the end of the Rational Standard, but also the end of any kind of opposition to narratives adopted by the political class. The new version of the Bill is light-years better.

Expression should not, however, be regulated by government. It is a slippery slope, and this new and improved Hate Speech Bill may yet prove to simply open the door for government. Racists, sexists, and bigots generally, should be condemned through voluntary means – a mechanism that works. Countless bigots lose their jobs and social capital across the West on a daily basis. This likely leads them to introspect. Throwing them in jail has an opposite effect and will cause other bigots to bottle up their feelings and brew more resentment.

Click here to read the text of the new Hate Speech Bill.

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AfriBusiness Hiring a Free Marketeer Researcher-Spokesperson https://rationalstandard.com/afribusiness-hiring-a-free-marketeer-researcher-spokesperson/ https://rationalstandard.com/afribusiness-hiring-a-free-marketeer-researcher-spokesperson/#respond Tue, 27 Mar 2018 17:39:57 +0000 https://rationalstandard.com/?p=7409 This article is sponsored. AfriBusiness, the civil society organisation aiming to protect the rights and interests of the business community and to ensure that the business community can participate in the South African economy on a fair and equal level like other communities, is inviting suitable candidates to apply for the post of Researcher-Spokesperson. The […]

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AfriBusiness, the civil society organisation aiming to protect the rights and interests of the business community and to ensure that the business community can participate in the South African economy on a fair and equal level like other communities, is inviting suitable candidates to apply for the post of Researcher-Spokesperson. The post is based in Kloofsig, Centurion.

The successful candidate will be responsible for research and liaison to promote free markets, property rights and business communities that are independent of the State.

The ideal candidate’s responsibilities will include:

  • coordinating of internal and external research activities;
  • execution of research;
  • leading participation in internal debates and policy formulation; and
  • editing, writing and compilation of opinion pieces, media statements, reports and other official documentation of the organisation.

Candidates must be available for the delivery of closed and public submissions, as well as act as spokesperson for the organisation.

Skills and qualities that will be to the candidate’s benefit include:

  • a thoughtful and responsible dedication to free market principles;
  • a combination of general, political, economic, financial and legal knowledge;
  • excellent communication and language skills;
  • being detail-oriented;
  • strategic thinking;
  • professionality;
  • advanced theoretical and quantitative analysing skills;
  • a drive to deliver outputs independently, yet functions well in a team.

To qualify, candidates need an applicable degree and between 2 and 5 years’ experience. 

If you fit the profile, send an Afrikaans version of your CV to mhb@afrisake.co.za by no later than 31 March 2018.

If you have not received any feedback within 3 weeks after the closing date, accept that your application was unsuccessful.

View the ad, in Afrikaans, on the AfriBusiness website.

Visit the AfriBusiness Facebook page.

Follow AfriBusiness on Twitter @AfriSake.

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Government’s Blockade of Funds Is An “Act of War” – Cape Party https://rationalstandard.com/government-blockade-funds-act-war/ https://rationalstandard.com/government-blockade-funds-act-war/#comments Mon, 29 Jan 2018 14:41:20 +0000 https://rationalstandard.com/?p=7238 Editor’s note: This article was adapted from a Cape Party press release published on Facebook. With day zero fast approaching and the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led municipal council bungling efforts to avert a total disaster in Cape Town, the African National Congress (ANC)-led national government continues to stonewall any emergency relief efforts to help avoid the […]

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Editor’s note: This article was adapted from a Cape Party press release published on Facebook.

With day zero fast approaching and the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led municipal council bungling efforts to avert a total disaster in Cape Town, the African National Congress (ANC)-led national government continues to stonewall any emergency relief efforts to help avoid the impending disaster, according to Jack Miller, leader of the Cape Party.

“These actions are reminiscent of Joseph Stalin’s Berlin blockade of 1948, in which Stalin spitefully closed the city down, and goods had to be airlifted in for more than a year” says Miller.

Miller believes that national government’s blockade of funds to the Western Cape constitutes an “act of war” against the people of Cape Town and the Western Cape.

He cited the Division of Revenue Act, a piece of national legislation passed every year to “provide for the equitable division of revenue raised nationally among the national, provincial and local spheres of government for the […] financial year, the determination of each province’s equitable share and allocations to provinces, local government and municipalities from national government’s equitable share and the responsibilities of all three spheres pursuant to such division and allocations”. According to Miller, the City of Cape Town alone contributes R150 billion in taxes to the Treasury, but receives only R2 billion in return, to supplement the city’s annual budget.

“The crime is greater than most people believe. 86% of the city budget is already drawn from the pockets of Capetonians in rates and levies. The national government only gives back 5% of what they collect. We are demanding some of the money collected in Cape Town to be returned to alleviate the crisis”, says Miller

Miller attributed the crisis to poor governance at all levels. “It is an outrage that the city’s water augmentation schemes are behind schedule and will only take effect after the city runs out of water”.

Miller said that Cape Town was not helped by infighting and instability within the Western Cape DA.

“Patricia De Lille was evidently the wrong choice for Mayor. She has been sidelined in part because of her mismanagement of the water crisis, but the question is: Why did the DA take so long to act?”

Featured image: Cape Party on Facebook

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FMF Launches ‘R1 Million Challenge’ To Promote Free Market https://rationalstandard.com/fmf-challenge/ https://rationalstandard.com/fmf-challenge/#comments Mon, 08 Jan 2018 10:16:11 +0000 http://rationalstandard.com/?p=4588 The Free Market Foundation (FMF) is in the process of raising funds for its various projects by way of the “R1 Million Challenge”. Unlike a government department which is plugged into the ostensibly endless supply of taxpayer money to try all the bad answers to social problems, the FMF has identified the correct (and only […]

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The Free Market Foundation (FMF) is in the process of raising funds for its various projects by way of the “R1 Million Challenge”.

Unlike a government department which is plugged into the ostensibly endless supply of taxpayer money to try all the bad answers to social problems, the FMF has identified the correct (and only real) solutions to many of South Africa’s problems but relies on voluntary donations.

The FMF was founded in 1975 to promote and foster an open society, the Rule of Law, personal liberty, and economic and press freedom as fundamental components of its advocacy of human rights and democracy based on classical liberal principles.

It has been in the news lately for the work it has done on the new Electronic Communications Amendment Bill. The FMF argues that the new policy will likely exacerbate the problems identified in the controversial #DataMustFall campaign, as the government intends to nationalise much of South Africa’s ICT infrastructure. The FMF has also resolutely opposed the introduction of National Health Insurance, arguing that the project is unaffordable and that a consequence of the policy would be the destruction of South Africa’s private healthcare industry.

From the challenge’s page:

Credit Card Donations

To donate to the FMF R1Million challenge using our secure credit card payment facility CLICK HERE

Reference: “FMFC”

EFT Donations

Free Market Foundation

Standard Bank

Sandton Branch 019205

Account Number: 421 066 946

Reference: “FMFC”

FNB

Sandton City Branch 254605

Account Number: 622 703 016 50

Reference: “FMFC”

To send proof of payment or for any questions please click here to send an email.”

Until 31 January 2018, all donations will be supercharged by 50% by a generous donor. If you wish to support the Free Market Foundation and the work they do, consider making a donation.

* Martin van Staden is Legal Researcher at the Free Market Foundation.

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UCT Assembly: Truth or Dare? https://rationalstandard.com/uct-assembly-truth-dare/ https://rationalstandard.com/uct-assembly-truth-dare/#comments Sun, 05 Nov 2017 09:34:52 +0000 https://rationalstandard.com/?p=6788 On 1 November 2017, UCT students and staff gathered on the steps and plaza in front of the perhaps-soon-to-be “Saartjie” Baartman Memorial Hall. The meeting was chaired by a senior officer from the UCT Student Parliament, with Deputy UCT Council Chairperson Debbie Budlender acting as a secondary co-chair.  The purpose of this gathering was to […]

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On 1 November 2017, UCT students and staff gathered on the steps and plaza in front of the perhaps-soon-to-be “Saartjie” Baartman Memorial Hall. The meeting was chaired by a senior officer from the UCT Student Parliament, with Deputy UCT Council Chairperson Debbie Budlender acting as a secondary co-chair.  The purpose of this gathering was to allow a broad range of speakers to discuss (for a few minutes each) “the institution’s view on issues such as free education, fee increments and financial exclusion”. In fact, rightly so, the discussion traversed many other issues/grievances, since ‘fee-less’ education is only part of the solution to the myriad of challenges that must be met to transform/’decolonize’ South African tertiary education.

The first speaker, Angela Trotter (spelling?), a student who claimed to have no affiliation with any structure at UCT, made a telling statement, echoing words spoken by UCT’s first registrar, Wilfred Murray, more than 80 years ago. Murray said that central management had to “justify its existence“ in terms of its ability to serve the learning process. Angela said: “We are not here for management. Management is here for us.”

She then deftly called for “a point of order” and demanded that controversial, pro-Fallist Dr Lwazi Lushaba (UCT Political Studies) be allowed to speak broadly and out of turn and called for audience acclamation. This demand was met with loud applause and shouting by some and acceded to by the chairperson.

Lushaba spoke for nearly 20 minutes (more than five times longer than any other speaker).

He immediate delineated his audience, Comrades and Black people, a called for the “defeat of White settlers”. I summarize his comments largely using his words.

At first, he kept to topic, albeit from a racial point of view: “Free education is a problem for Black not White people. This struggle is not for poor people. It is for Black people.  Until we face the realities of history, will not be able to deal with the present, let alone prepare for the future. If you are Black, you are disadvantaged in every respect. If you are White, you are advantaged in every respect. The struggle for free education is not about money. The problem is the value system of education.”

Currently, “UCT is a place where Blacks are prepared to enter and compete within ‘The Market’. What we want is an educational system that is infused with different values systems and for Blacks to actualize themselves and their potential.”

“For a person to benefit individually, the society must benefit first.”

UCT continues to “teach precisely the same ideas it taught during Apartheid in order to perpetuate the colonial system. The task of thinking has been made an exclusive preserve of White people.  Blacks cannot produce knowledge.”

“There is a structure [current ad hominem promotion procedures] that ensures that we are kept outside of the academy. This is not accidental. It is by design. Those who are beneficiaries of colonialism and Apartheid [Whites] and, consequently occupy [senior academic/admin?] positions must have the decency to listen to the oppressed. They will learn, even if it’s painful, they will learn.”

He refused to cede the stage when respectfully requested to do so by co-chair Budlender. He insisted on another five minutes or the meeting would “degenerate”.

“White people provoke us and tell us how to respond to the provocation. We have no autonomy of thought.”

“The goal of university education is not to gain employment, but to contribute to society.”

Currently, UCT graduates only seek jobs within the overarching “System” [free-market Capitalism?] saying: “Please employ me because I’ve gone to a White racist UCT and survived.”

He called for UCT students to create a new system that “re-humanizes and enables Blacks”.

After more forceful intervention from the chairperson, he concluded:

“We must tell the White people who are threatening to walk away that a time will come along soon when we will run UCT on our own and give them a new value system and not at the whim of ‘White’ sentiment.”

So much for the “Truth”.

Thereafter, the comments were much shorter and were more like “Dares” for people to deliver and “justify their existence”.  Again, I rely on quotations.

The out-going SRC president to management: “I am sick of you placing the onus of transformation entirely on us”. “Why do you put the whole responsibility of caring for the mentally ill students on me and other students?”

A newly elected DASO-affiliated SRC member: “Chairperson, do your job and ensure that I am allowed to speak.”

A man wearing a red EFF beret: “We have come to UCT to suffer mentally, die via suicide or be murdered. White people must foot the [fee] bill for all.” “If you are rich you are White. If you are White, you are rich.” “Nothing about this university is Africa. Nothing about this university is democratic.”

When a DASO SRC speaker was heckled when he proposed that students from wealthy families must pay fees, he begged the chairperson: “Please do your job”.

When an incoming Black woman SRC member tried to speak, she was met with derision that devolved into extreme heckling. She demanded to be heard, but was silenced.

I guess the biggest “Dare” is now from UCT’s >33 000 peaceful, law-abiding, “Silenced Majority” of students and staff and the approximately 150 000 un-consulted alumni who “gained employment”, to the “do-nothing” Management. Justify your existence [and bonuses] and deal once and for all with the less than 200 law-breaking Fallists, or resign and be replaced by someone who will.

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More South Africans receive grants than have jobs: IRR Reports https://rationalstandard.com/sa-receive-grants-jobs-irr/ https://rationalstandard.com/sa-receive-grants-jobs-irr/#comments Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:54:45 +0000 https://rationalstandard.com/?p=5677 The South African Institution of Race Relations (IRR) have released a statement illustrating their findings from their latest South Africa Survey. The press release is titled: “More South Africans receive grants than have jobs – a recipe for chaos and violence” – and paints a worrying picture for the future of the country. The findings reveal that more […]

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The South African Institution of Race Relations (IRR) have released a statement illustrating their findings from their latest South Africa Survey. The press release is titled: “More South Africans receive grants than have jobs – a recipe for chaos and violence” – and paints a worrying picture for the future of the country.

The findings reveal that more South Africans receive welfare grants than have jobs. As of 2016, 15.5 million people have jobs in South Africa, while over 17 million people receive social grants, reports IRR Analyst Gerbrandt van Heerden.

Van Heerden commented on the findings below:

“The numbers are a recipe for social and political chaos. With South Africa formally in recession, the government will find it difficult to afford the cost of its social grants programme. As the economy stagnates, and tax revenue slows, demand for more grants will increase. The government will then have to cut other areas of expenditure in order to meet popular demands for more and higher grants. We predict that this will lead to much higher levels of violent protest action.”

The IRR Survey illustrates that initial numbers of merely 3.9 million grant receivers has grown by 328%. Job availability has only grown by 24%.

With a flagging economy, expansion of the grant system (which seems inevitable under the current trend) will come under great strain, and the government will struggle to increase the value of grants to keep up with rising costs.

Van Heerden argues that while the social grants have helped to improve living standards, they are precarious, as grant rollouts will struggle to expand further, and will eventually lead to declining living standards as grants are unable to keep up with prices. As living standards drop, social cohesion will then breakdown and lead to unrest. This hearkens to an issue that IRR CEO Frans Cronje has discussed in the past, the “crisis of rising expectations”. As living standards improve, people will want more, and will be less tolerant of drops in those living standards. This reaches a peak, where living standards cannot improve fast enough or at all, causing angst and frustration in the population.

To maintain the grant system, so to avoid a political crisis and a breakdown in social cohesion, the state may redirect funds from other parts of the budget, leading to a lack of necessary capital for the functioning of other state apparatus. This is especially troublesome, as the grant system acts as a form of ‘sink hole’, with little return on investment compared to other functions. Unfortunately, in an effort to maintain the system so necessary for maintaining their votes and societal order, the state may sacrifice the budgets of more important functions (like security) in order to keep the grant system afloat.

This crisis comes during a massive economic slump, culminating due to years of economic restrictions, trade union meddling and security incompetence leading to South Africa being a less than ideal investment location for locals and foreigners. As such, employment has struggled to grow, with the state opting to rather employ civil servants, who continue to drain the fiscus rather than generate real wealth.

While the grant system has improved living conditions, it has proved to be unsustainable. While grants are meant to be stopgaps against destitution, they can breed apathy and dependence. Most importantly, grants drain wealth without producing. South Africa needs real employment so to produce real wealth. With real employment will come a sustainable model of wealth generation and the dignity of work.

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HuffPost SA Editor-in-Chief Verashni Pillay Resigns https://rationalstandard.com/huffpost-editor-chief-verashni-pillay-resigns/ https://rationalstandard.com/huffpost-editor-chief-verashni-pillay-resigns/#comments Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:57:21 +0000 https://rationalstandard.com/?p=5319 Tonight, 22 April 2017, Huffington Post South Africa’s Editor-in-Chief, Verashni Pillay, resigned, according to News24. This comes after a statement by the Press Ombud, who condemned the editorial actions of Pillay in her acceptance and defence of an article that called to remove the white male franchise. Pillay has been the subject of much scrutiny […]

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Tonight, 22 April 2017, Huffington Post South Africa’s Editor-in-Chief, Verashni Pillay, resigned, according to News24.

This comes after a statement by the Press Ombud, who condemned the editorial actions of Pillay in her acceptance and defence of an article that called to remove the white male franchise. Pillay has been the subject of much scrutiny since defending the piece and it later being revealed that the article was submitted by an individual who meant to entrap the site.

While the Post attempted to draw attention away from their own failings by demonising Marius Roodt, the author of the trap-piece, this was evidently not enough. Roodt resigned from his employment because his actions, and now Pillay has done the same.

The Post was ordered to apologise for its publishing of the piece by the ombud, Johan Retief. He argued that the piece incited hate speech and breached the Press Code. He further argued that Pillay’s pulling of the piece was not due to any editorial sensibility, but because they had found out that they had been trapped by an imposter. All blame for the publishing of the piece rested on the editorial team and the editor.

It was made obvious that Pillay was supportive of the article’s ideas when in her defence of the article she stated that the content was “pretty standard for feminist theory”.

Retief wrote:

“The blog was discriminatory and denigratory to white males, and impaired the dignity of some men in this group. By publishing, she also impaired the dignity of some white men, a breach of Section 3.3 of the code which cautions the media to ‘exercise care and consideration in matters involving dignity and reputation…”

It is worrying that dignity and reputation apparently have to be protected, but it is clear that Pillay violated the Press Code and may have violated the Huffington Post‘s own editorial guidelines.

The piece was also condemned by Retief for further damaging the media’s reputation, by allowing an entrapment article to be published.

What is not clear is if Pillay’s resignation was pressured or purely voluntary. The same remains unclear as to Roodt’s resignation.

Editorial control of the site will be reassigned to Ferial Haffajee and Pieter du Toit until a new editor is appointed.

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White Male Trolls ‘Social Justice’ Press Media – Calls for Disenfranchising White Males https://rationalstandard.com/white-trolls-social-justice-press-disenfranchising-white-males/ https://rationalstandard.com/white-trolls-social-justice-press-disenfranchising-white-males/#comments Sun, 16 Apr 2017 14:04:31 +0000 https://rationalstandard.com/?p=5297 The now-infamous blog post on The Huffington Post South Africa calling for the disenfranchisement of white males appears to have been written by a white male, in an attempt to expose the state of journalism, according to an exclusive report by The Renegade Report. News of the controversial article titled “Could It Be Time To […]

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The now-infamous blog post on The Huffington Post South Africa calling for the disenfranchisement of white males appears to have been written by a white male, in an attempt to expose the state of journalism, according to an exclusive report by The Renegade Report.

News of the controversial article titled “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?” by one “Shelley Garland” quickly spread across the world, with such figures such as provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, InfoWars’ Paul Joseph Watson, and liberal Dave Rubin taking note and expressing their disapproval. Even Fox News ran a report on the article. The article has since been taken down.

HuffPost SA’s Editor in Chief, Verashni Pillay, expressed her support for article, writing “there was nothing in the article that should have shocked or surprised anybody…” She continued, ” Those who have held undue power granted to them by patriarchy must lose it for us to be truly equal. This seems blindingly obvious to us.” Pillay’s defense of the article has also been taken down since it was revealed that “Shelley Garland” was not a real person.

According to information obtained by The Renegade Report, it turns out that “Shelley Garland” was a pseudonym used by a white male – who identified himself as “Nick Shannow” – who wrote the article.

Shannow indicated to the Report‘s Roman Cabanac and Jonathan Witt that he believed “one could write any kind of collectivist tripe, as long as the target was white men,” and set about testing his theory by submitting the infamous article. He turned out to be correct. “This is an indictment on South African journalism in general, and the Huffington Post in particular[,]” wrote Shannow.

“Although [Verashni Pillay], claims that her website does not necessarily agree with what I said, it is unlikely that she would publish a piece with the same sentiments but aimed at a different race group written by someone ostensibly from the other side of the political spectrum[,]” noted Shannow aptly.

In January 2016 we wrote the following:

“It has become increasingly common to see editors, who are supposed to maintain a rational standard and ensure all publicised views are logically-informed, liberally allow the commentariat to say what they want, adhering to no sense of reason. While we believe, strongly, that people should be able to say whatever pleases them, we do not think it is responsible nor ethical for editors to entertain and host such fallacious diatribes.”

It would appear that this has remained true, especially for clearly-ideological publications such as The Huffington Post which hide behind the facade of responsible journalism.

HuffPost SA should join the Rational Standard in being open and honest about its political-philosophical biases, lest humiliations such as “Garlandgate” continue.

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