The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) says South Africa cannot remain silent over the media crackdown happening in Zambia.

NUMSA Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi said South African’s voices should shout loud and clear over the situation in Zambia.
Ms. Hlubi said the situation in Zambia is unacceptable.

“During the darkest days of apartheid, Zambians played a critical role in providing a home base for South Africans fleeing oppression. The Zambian government of that time risked major repercussions from the diabolical South African regime. It hosted the leadership of the ANC, and the SACP as well as other liberation movements. It provided accommodation, military training and other crucial support. The people of Zambia opened their homes and hearts to South Africans in peril,” she said.

She added, “It is because of this history that the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) cannot ignore the situation facing media workers in that country. As a trade union we will not be silent when basic democratic principles are being violated, and workers are suffering.”

Ms. Hlubi who is also a Journalist said |as journalists and media workers in this country we have a duty to express solidarity with our comrades in Zambia and on the rest of the continent.”

“If we were unfortunate enough to find ourselves in the same position, who would speak for us? Who would rise to our defence? We have no choice. We must speak out on behalf of the Zambian people. If we truly believe in democratic values, we must be uncompromising in our condemnation of such heinous acts.”

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39 COMMENTS

  1. Why not concentrate on problems facing RSA? This has to do with Mmembe who has failed to pay taxes and other statutory issues.

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    • Problems facing RSA are dealt within well established Constitutional provisions and Rule of Law.
      On the other hand, Zambian Constitution is void of “Index” never mind necessary moral integrity and independence of its Justices.
      Furthermore, any breach of fundamental rights and freedoms are enshrined in UN Declaration and are integral part of International Justice. You see “Ndanje khakis”, PF approach to interpretation of “freedoms” does not meet recognized minimum International standards expected from law obeying society.

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    • @born free 1.3 don’t look at this from your political stand point. To start with don’t call me PF. South African government has breached the consititution several times. Don’t tell me that you don’t know what’s happening to the former Public Protector ..the one who pursued the Nkhandla issue involving President Zuma. The lady is being hounded over issues that happened years ago and her pension is being withheld. So why can’t this Union fight for her instead of looking for “enemies ” across the Limpopo and the Zambezi? Anyway it’s pointless to argue with robots.

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    • Considering ALL your comments on every story concerning PF are pro PF comments, then you, my friend, are PF. Why deny it??

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    • @dudelove so you’re Upnd? I don’t see any reason to hate Lungu. You may have reasons to hate him and PF but don’t make your enemies my enemies just like you’re free to coohabit with Hungry Hyena.

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    • I have always suspected @ndanje kakisi to be a robot, he’s posts are void of any logic. Now that he’s confessed to being a robot a lay my case down. “pointless to argue with a robot” he says about himself

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  2. Speak out on behalf of the Zambian people! Who asked you? Yet you are busy with xenophobic attacks on foreigners in your country! Please don’t play holy here, first clean up the mess in your own country. You have far worse problems of your own than pocking your nose into matters that do not concern you.

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  3. The triumph of evil happens when good people keep quiet. The post problem is not just a tax issue. Keep it up NUMSA.

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  4. Thank you NUMSA. The problem is that any sensible person would not close down a business owing such an amount of money. What should have happened was allow them to continue but ensure they pay back if indeed they owed. The bigger problem to this is the amount was not from an independent source but PF carders in ZRA. We should not allow Lungu and PF thugs to destroy this country. The late FTJ was a prime target by the post but did he close it? Every president has been a target but we need to allow independent media to provide independent news so our people are well informed. The post has played a vital role in expsoure of corrupt cases in all government since they started. I am not a M’membe fan but this is not right what Lungu has done.

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  5. The NUMSA has everything to do with the Mmembe factor no matter how much you try to twist the facts. Why hasn’t this Union condemned Tanzania which has physically imprisoned an owner of online newspaper, Malawi which has closed the Post, Angola which has arrested editors of newspapers and of course not to mention Mighty Mugabe! Why should they forget the re emerging of appartheid in their country, where whites now rule supreme?

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  6. By the way what’s Mining Union got to do with newspapers. Why isn’t the South African newspaper unions not getting involved in this? Simple : the Mmembe Factor!

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  7. Stop it, Phakamile! You are wrong to generalize everything. The issue here in Zambia is simple. One media house (The Post Newspaper Daily) has deliberately failed to pay taxes. Tax evasion is a serious offence and is punishable by imprisonment. What The Post Management failed was to arrange their own tax payment through borrowing and/or partnerships. Where were you as South African Business when it came to arranging a deal with The Post? Here in Zambia, any form of lawlessness, including xenophobic attacking or tax evasion must face the law under the Rule of Law.

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  8. This is a dictatorship and south Africans know very well how it feels to be mistreated under an illegal regime. They appreciate Zambia role in assisting to supress the racist regime and now they see equivalent happening here in Zambia under lungu. Remember we have lost lives due to pf trigger happy police. If south Africa remains quiet and Zambia descends into civil war, which is likely to happen under pf, people will say they didn’t care. Remember also that many Zambia are seeking asylum in South afrika including likes of ndanje so in order to ease pressure on its economy they want to ensure poor countries like Zambia improve so as reduce immigration pull factors.

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  9. Thanks NUMSA. Please tell them the basics. You don’t close a company because it has defaulted or lagged behind in its tax compliance. Instead you work with that organisation, help it develop its capacity to honour its delayed tax payments. For clarity and avoidance of doubts, taxes are necessary and help to develop the country, so how do you develop the country if you start closing companies. From what we hear though the Post is in breach of its tax obligations, it has never ever refused to pay what it is owing

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    • Yes, only you didn’t hear them (NUMSA) because you were busy looking for RATS and caterpillars to eat. Ar.sewhore!
      But you can still “Google” the stuff if you have common sense – no need to cry!!

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  10. Indeed Lungu has performed badly in this regard. All what he wants is consolidation of his powers at whatever expense. Shame on him and his supporters. Time of reckoning will come, ask KK, late Chiluba and Banda. Power is borrowed.

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  11. Uko NUMSA is not going away. They are right of course because the PF government has really cracked down on independent media – MUVI, private radio stations, Post, the government papers and national broadcaster only feature positive government stories. There is no balanced reporting any more. Be careful government before this story becomes an international news item on CNN, BBC, Sky, etc.

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  12. Hazwell Banda is behind this as he works for NUMSA as a political consultant, he regularly meets HH and Fred Membe down here in JOZ

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    • Anything thing wrong or right is ok with Upnd as long as it can put HH in State House. If some foreigner offered to kill us all as means to achieve HH ‘s ambition, Upnd will call it a “good move “

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  13. UPNDonkeys true to the word. What are you donkeys yapping about kanshi? This NUMSA bunch of donkeys has got insurmountable problems in their country. The Malekane massacre still remains unresolved, so is Inkandla, unequal distribution of wealth, state capture by the Guptas (on the lines of Mmembe capturing some Zambian politicians including hh), the high unemployment etc. They should be channelling their energies to helping ANC resolving the national challenges instead of making donkey noises supporting an ***** that is in
    trouble with the law not for inability to pay their taxes but REFUSAL to pay their taxes while Mmembe stashed other peoples money and taxes into his personal accounts (which is what his foreign trip is all about, to hide the loot in case the liquidator finds it). And…

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  14. Terrible this is a public forum, and making statements agsinst pipo inferring they are or were involved in illegal activities could lead any blogger to be taken to court for libel.. it happens so we should only utter truth based on tangible evidence.
    I read somewherre the liquidator of Post dropped the 5 million settlement against the journalist , wa it Chisimba, very strange as that js an asset of the Post.
    Terrible you obviously care for zambia but hey get over bitter politics.
    You talk of problems in SthAf maybe NUMSA are concerned that similar things might happen in zambia. So they are alerting us.
    Terrible, being an intelligent man you will agree that the Law must be applied equally. So thst means that the Post is the only Compnay in debt to the ZRA. Because they are the…

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    • Had NUMSA politely asked Mmembe to make peace with government by paying the owing taxes, you’re going say they were interfering in Zambia ‘s internal affairs.

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  15. Every time Mmembe loses a case in Court this dog called NUMSA comes out barking from the anus

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  16. @17 mawesalamuso, shut your beak, you are obviously not worth a comment. Are you a donkey?

    As for NUMSA, ati “we are speaking for Zambians”, now that is really crossing the boundary. Tell the donkeys that Zambians are capable of taking care of their affairs just like South Africans are taking care of their affairs.
    By the way empty threats can be embarrassing if you don’t carry them out. So what happened to NUMSA’s threat of a trade embargo on Zambia? We still have our Shoprite, Spar, Pick n Pay, South African airways and many others and being law abiding corporates none of them seem to be affected by the good laws of this country, and MOST IMPORTANT, none of them look like they are going away anywhere anytime soon. I suggest that if NUMSA wants a fight, let them take on Nigeria…

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  17. Cobtd… I suggest that if NUMSA wants a fight, let them take on Nigeria and demand that MTN boycotts its business in that country. That would be more productive use of time by this bitch donkey NUMSA who has been mentioned this time.

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  18. Cobtd… I suggest that if NUMSA wants a fight, let them take on Nigeria and demand that MTN boycotts its business in that country. That would be more productive use of time by this female donkey NUMSA who has been mentioned this time.

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  19. The case of the closed Post Newspapers is about failure to pay statutory taxes, if such things are acceptable in South Africa here in Zambia it’s against the law, therefore NUMSA should further research facts before issuing threats, boycotting trade with Zambia will also affect South African Companies operating in Zambia, if you are a share holder of the closed newspapers i advice you to settle the debt due to the Zambian people.

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  20. Xenophobia in SA it’s because of they want free things from government and SAn so many of them doesn’t want to workhard.government giving them free houses electricity and water they don’t pay all these bills

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  21. I challenge whoever who is against NUMSA allegations to tune into main news if you will hear any of this, The government is assaulting the freedom of speech and democracy, we’ve had enough of filtered news through public medias, the news we receive it’s not balanced. Why should the government continue suppressing private owned medias?.

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  22. Thanks to our Wise NUMSA for speaking out for us! GRZ must remember the parable of the unforgiving Servant. GRZ is equally in debt to the tune of USD 10 Billion and still counting. How would we feel as a country to be treated the same way we are mistreating the Post over an inflated Tax charge? What makes this fiasco funny is the government media houses owe ZRA far more than what the Post is allegedly owing. We need to be careful with these matters. They have far-reaching consequences. We should not cry foul as a country when we are made to taste our own medicine by our lenders. Justice and not sacrifice is what the good lord requires of us. Let him without sin continue this crusade against the post. I rest my case.

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  23. @terrible see donkey again jn a blog u cannot help yourself. No i am not a donkey of pf just want zambia to be calm and progress.
    In another blog about ban on fruit etc you complain about shoprite in this blog you are calling al the STH AFR stores OURS. You must be one very confused person.
    Wher have i ever tould you or any blogger to shut their beak. , obviously you are bitter person.
    CHILL and act not REACT

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