BLF has always been one of the Flag bearers for the rights of the blacks amidst all the oppression by WMC since the apartheid era. In their quest for the same, they have now called upon the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) to deny the desperate and dishonest call by the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) to revise its position to boycott the Tiso Blackstar stable.
As per the report published on the BLF website, they have been quoted saying, “This call by SANEF is disingenuous. It is based on the refusal to accept bad journalism and the insults which had been directed at the church and its leadership – in particular His Grace the Right Reverend Bishop, Dr Barnabas Lekganyane.”
BLF further states to ZCC, “press on with the just cause. Lead us all to boycott white monopoly capital so that we can all get justice!
White monopoly capital does not respect the truth or any black beliefs. It has total disregard for the observance and practice of ethical conduct. It only respects its profits. But the ZCC because of its size is able to kick them where it hurts most, in the pockets.
Viva ZCC Viva!”
It must be noted that In a letter dated 16 September 2017, the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) has called on its members, 16 million of them according to it, to boycott all Tiso BlackStar Newspapers following “a disturbing trend that has been unfolding in the media space in recent months, wherein the name of the Zion Christian Church and its spiritual head, His Grace, The Right Reverend Bishop, Dr BE Lekhanyane is deliberately dragged in the mud for malicious reasons.
The Church said the”sustained attacks” on it were perpetrated by the newspapers through two journalists, Amos Mananyetso and Ngwako Malatji who had turned the church into their “project” in collusion with disgruntled members. They have done this, the Church asserts, “by regularly publishing stories that sought to create an impression that the church is crisis-ridden, morally questionable and devoid of leadership.
Its worth mentioning here that Tiso BlackStar publications include Sunday Times, Sunday World, Sowetan, and Business Day which mostly quote it as another WMCs part of the “Foul Play against the Blacks”.