Chris Hani’s widow not happy with media
Written by Pitso Molemane
Chris Hani’s widow Limpho waited for the day and it arrived. 10 April 2015 is not just any day. Immediately after she was called on to the podium to address the 22nd commemoration of the painful passing of freedom fighter Hani in Ekurhuleni, Limpho Hani used the freedom month of April to freely voice her opinion publicly without fear of censorship or punishment. South Africa will be commemorating Freedom Day on April 27. But Limpho saw an opportunity and launched a scathing attack on some of the journalists, labelling them liars in line with the freedom month. She did not mince her words to say some reporters are misleading the nation, specifically on the matter about two women who claimed to be the daughters of the Chris Hani. According to Limpho, her own private investigators found that the women are liars. She stressed that she personally approached the Department of Home Affairs on information she received from her private investigators. She said the department also confirmed that Hani was not the women’s father.
“Comrades, the above information is proof that journalists never investigated the story. And some media houses are still parading these women as Chris’s daughters, “said Limpho.
“The question I ask myself is 22 years the man is dead, you are still pursuing it. What is the real reason? What is the big agenda?” she asked.
A fired-up Limpho apologised to President Jacob Zuma saying that is the only platform to tell South African citizens the truth. She said the press is lying and the best thing they know how to do is to misinform the country. Limpho told the crowd that she believes in the freedom of the press. However she had found that reports written by some journalists are reckless, insensitive, malicious and totally irresponsible.
As a Journalist I totally agree with Limphho Hani. Any journalist has to conduct research and gather information before they can start writing. Some of the tools that journalists have to follow or use to collect and verify information include interviewing people who implicated in their stories. Also like any person, journalists should conduct themselves in accord with general ethical principles such as being truthful, avoiding harm and serving the public good with well researched articles or stories.