A lesson about information and opinion for McKaiser
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I’m reluctant to interact with people who, regardless of all the data accessible to them, proceed to advertise their very own opinion and select to disregard what others need to say.
Nevertheless, the Mail & Guardian has given Eusebius McKaiser a platform and I consider it’s obligatory to answer his column addressed to me final week (“A racism lesson for Mayor Plato”) due to the continuing distortion within the media and the rampant political exploitation by the ANC to purposefully drive a racially divisive narrative earlier than the upcoming elections.
The readers of the M&G must be given the information in regards to the Clifton case and never merely the various broad accusations and assumptions which were flying round.
It might appear that, in his column final week, McKaiser conflates a lot of authentic points with false accusations to color all of them with the identical brush.
There isn’t any query that institutional racism nonetheless exists and it’s a downside that impacts people everywhere in the world. We regularly must problem racism wherever we discover it, however what occurred at Clifton wasn’t racism and in final week’s column McKaiser is mistaken on many counts.
He’s mistaken to label native ratepayers with authentic security issues as “white supremacists”. He’s mistaken to dismiss the authentic security issues skilled by native ratepayers and beachgoers alike from all communities as individuals with “racism that runs of their blood”.
The next is an extract from a web-based column by Marie-Louise Antoni addressing the Clifton incident, which demonstrates the extent of the realm’s security issues. “There’s been a really dangerous decline in policing in Camps Bay,” mentioned Bernard Schäfer, chairperson of the Camps Bay Neighborhood Policing Discussion board. “I’m speaking a couple of literal collapse inside SAPS [South African Police Service] when it comes to our shift functionality.”
The Western Cape has about four 000 fewer SAPS members than it ought to have. This has been the results of years of under-resourcing by the nationwide authorities. Policing shortcomings, whereas significantly extra pronounced on this province, will not be unique to the Western Cape, as we’ve seen many communities throughout the nation make use of the companies of personal safety in an try to fill the outlet left by official legislation enforcement.
The town, too, wants extra legislation enforcement, which is why I will likely be making certain extra legislation enforcement officers are recruited for Cape City this yr, and in coming years.
I visited a number of seashores through the vacation season and I engaged with beachgoers of all ages and races, having fun with themselves facet by facet. I visited Clifton seaside, too, within the warmth of the political exploitation by the various political opportunists. I spoke to the Skilled Safety Alternate options’ (PPA) administration, I spoke to native ratepayers, and I spoke to beachgoers to get the information first-hand.
The “protesters” weren’t serious about talking to anybody aside from the media and tried to stop others from expressing their views.
Beachgoers who have been current on December 23 final yr have made it clear that individuals of all race, and never simply particular races teams, have been knowledgeable about security issues and suggested that it might be of their greatest curiosity to go away. The PPA might have over-reached itself in its duties and town has opened a case with the Personal Safety Trade Regulatory Authority to find out whether or not any wrongdoing was dedicated and, if that’s the case, to make sure that the suitable motion istaken. The ANC didn’t make any official criticism; as a substitute, it selected to challenge a media launch with false accusations, which was printed within the media earlier than any of the information have been established.
This incident might have been managed very otherwise with a easy criticism to the suitable authorities, who might have instantly acted to stop any repeat of personal safety over-reaching in its duties.
The town, nevertheless, came upon by the ANC’s media launch claiming a return of “seaside apartheid”, and we acted instantly once we grew to become conscious of the claims.
Final week’s column does authentic circumstances of racism a disservice because it ignores the blatant and extremely damaging political opportunism and race-baiting that befell.
One simply wants to go to any of Cape City’s seashores, the place all race teams and demographics benefit from the house collectively, to see the inclusivity.
With pretend information drowning out our information channels and sloppy reporting turning away readers, our media have an obligation to report precisely and responsibly.
The place there are authentic circumstances of racism, blatant or covert, we should all the time name them out however we must always equally guard in opposition to driving a racially divisive narrative that fuels extra racism as a substitute of constructing cohesion and unity. Allow us to by no means sweep these issues underneath the rug however allow us to additionally be careful for individuals who cry wolf and use the accusation to drive their very own agendas.
Dan Plato is the manager mayor of Cape City
Letter to the editor
Eusebius [McKaiser] is the one one who is all the time writing about racism, but he’s the most important racist of all.
He’s all the time making an attempt so exhausting to seek out racism in something to do with the Democratic Alliance or any white individual. Ninety-five p.c of what he writes about is about racism. Disgrace. He ought to have gotten that chip off his shoulder by now.
No, Eusebius, we’re not racist when we don’t like sheep being slaughtered on a seaside, when #FeesMustFall teams collect on a preferred seaside for all, together with vacationers, particularly presently of the yr.
They’ve made certain that they obtain all of the publicity they’ll. That’s racist, as it’s all the time pointing at whites. — Elbie Steytler, Welgelegen