Bad competition bad for Mthwakazi agenda

Recognising the political dysfunction in our space will help us effectively reconstitute our political space. We must create the right tools to build, grow and sustain a healthy political framework that meets our needs.

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Language in politics

Silence can be golden, but being quiet is not a privilege politicians should accustom themselves to, apart from when it is some form of constructive ambiguity. Politicians are in the business of either seeking to comment or react to media stories every day and night. Silence in politics is as potent as a shopkeeper who will not open his/ her shop.

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Pro-Mthwakazi politics: Communications Departments vital

Those who win elections do so, for the most part, because they have invested in effective communication structures and processes. Ideology espoused is important, but it, alone, is not enough. Our political processes need to adapt to the modern challenges and our educational process will be complete when we have learned how to learn and change.

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Democracy and free press are inseparable

True democracy is our only future, and the building of an infrastructure for a system of free press is integral to that; free flow of information cannot be overstated in the maintenance of a democracy. Our pro-Mthwakazi organisations must be seen, and in real terms, be open to public scrutiny.

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When the unsaid speaks loudest

Social media has transformed our communication abilities; it has essentially levelled the ‘playing field’, extended our scope and increased the speed data is shared (access and presentation). That brings along a host of unforeseen challenges; those of us on social media understand that every time we post a photo or update our statuses we are contributing to our digital footprint and personal brand.

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Zimbabwe not ready to breakaway from dictatorship

We are acutely aware of Zimbabwe’s elaborate political system of manipulation, intimidation and disempowerment. Zimbabwe’s independence has set free dictators but enslaved the people. It is a system that handsomely rewards conformists but shows little tolerance for independent thinkers.

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Biased media and democracy deficit

Expecting the media to be apolitical is rather too much to expect from any human being or any human-led institution. Ideally, one would want the media’s role to be that of providing well researched information to the people and allowing the public to make independent and informed judgement. The media should preferably not be telling people what things to see or how to think.

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