Media has a much bigger role to play



WALKING up to the president of the country or cabinet ministers and holding them accountable by asking uncomfortable questions without fear of being thrown in jail or having the story banned is one of the things about the post-apartheid South Africa that SABC journalist Ludwe Ngoma will forever be grateful for.

Ngoma, 50, who began his journalism career in the Transkei just over a month before covering former president Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, said journalists these days were better off than in the old dispensation and had an even bigger role to play than before.

He said under the old regime the media was used more as a propaganda tool than a service to the community.

“Today, our role as the media is very different and is a huge one. It is to educate the community about their rights. Many did not have rights in the past and as a result either do not know that they do or are simply not aware of the extent of their rights. – Zandile Mbabela

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