Friday, February 7, 2014

South Africa: Parliamentarians Join Government in Criticizing Media for "Bad Publicity"

According to The Global Times, South African parliamentarians on Wednesday (February 5) joined the executive branch of government in criticizing the country's media in South Africa for "bad publicity” stemming from violent crime, which reflects adversely on the country.

COMMENT: For a country that leads the world in its having five million people who have contracted HIV/AIDS of its 51 million residents, there is very little positive news to be had in South Africa.

Additionally, the following major cities of South Africa: Pretoria; Johannesburg; Durban; and Cape Town have all been assessed as having a “Critical” threat for crime by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

It should also be noted that “Critical” threat for crime is the highest level on the Department’s four-tier threat categorization system of “Critical, High, Medium and Low.” 

While emphasizing that “bad publicity about the country scares away tourists,” the Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Tourism, the reality is that only the worst cities in the world from a standpoint of out-of-control crime are so designated.

Perhaps if the South African Police Service is incapable of effectively managing the proliferation of widespread crime nationwide, they should appeal to the developed nations of the world for technical assistance.

The Committee on Tourism has also emphasized that the management of Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town have impacted negatively because of increasing crime.

An increase in attacks on foreign tourists visiting Table Mountain over the past few months has raised safety concerns. In two separate incidents in December 2013, an Australian woman and a Canadian man were robbed by criminals disguised as hikers.

Presumably, both Parliamentarians and the executive branch of the South African government also realize that South African media organizations have a responsibility to truthfully report deficiencies in government that impact adversely on the country's economy.

The Table Mountain National Park has decided to beef up its security by employing rangers on a full-time basis, working with the community and retired rangers, ensuring regular patrols and establishing a dog unit.

Thankfully, Table Mountain National Park, if they were doing their job before the fact, foreign tourists, whom the country depends on for its revenue, the victimization of foreigners would not occurred to begin with.

If the South African media is performing its duties and providing citizens the facts, deficiencies in government administration would be highlighted to the point of rendering a service to the government, unless, of course, the government does not want honest reporting.