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One of the South African democracy’s greatest assets is its vibrant, noisy and very independent media. It is in stark contrast to most developing nations, China the most obvious example, where opposition is blocked through censorship or decree. Given the Soviet thought-processes which still dominate much ANC thinking on the subject, the Fourth Estate remains an inconvenient thorn which President Jacob Zuma and his like would love to remove. But Press Freedom is enshrined in SA’s Constitution. So politicians chafing under the media spotlight have done the next best thing by spending taxpayer money on advertising campaigns to support friendly voices. Trouble is, the cost of such support bears little resemblance to economic reality, far exceeding market related-rates. Reinstated Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has drawn a line in the sand by refusing to engage in the traditional post-Budget Breakfast co-hosted by the Gupta-owned New Age newspaper. The symbolism is enormous, given the lock which the Zuma-aligned Guptas enjoyed over such events. – Alec Hogg
By Matthew le Cordeur
Cyril Ramaphosa: The Audio Biography
Listen to the story of Cyril Ramaphosa's rise to presidential power, narrated by our very own Alec Hogg.