LOCAL Government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, his spokesman and other government officials are behind plans to launch a new newspaper with links to the ANC.
This emerged yesterday after East London businessman Vrij Harry, of Harry Printers, announced the plans at a Progressive Business and Professional Forum (PBPF) meeting in East London.
He said he was working with Qoboshiyane, his spin doctor Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha and private business to start the newspaper. They plan to launch by March 25.
Other government officials were also part of the group.
Harry would not name them yesterday. He also did not clarify if the newspaper would continue to publish beyond the elections. He also did not respond to questions about the paper’s print run.
The announcement comes a few weeks after the ANC wrote to editors in the province asking for permission to campaign in their newsrooms. The request was turned down.
Earlier Harry told the meeting that the paper was an ANC election newspaper and would hit the streets by March 20 to 25.
“We need an alternative newspaper in the province … We are in the process of producing one which will concentrate on the good that we have done,” Harry said.
The forum was established by former government spokesman Jimmy Manyi and aims to attract and galvanise card-carrying professionals within the ANC.
Those attending the meeting pledged their support for the ANC in the May elections.
ANC provincial chairman and Finance MEC Phumulo Masualle also received major support, when the PBPF called upon Luthuli House to ensure that he was appointed as the next premier.
The meeting was also attended by Nelson Mandela Bay municipal spokesman Roland Williams. – Mphumzi Zuzile