Jaco du Plessis

The New York Times published a ridiculous piece on Stellenbosch

nyt journalism stellenbosch

The subject of the piece is the friction between rich and poor communities in Stellenbosch, with land that was illegally inhabited as a focus point.

Here's the link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/09/world/africa/stellenbosch-south-africa.html

I won't discuss the accuracy of the content, but let me just highlight some passages from the text:

... while Mr. Smit and his friends hold vast tracts of land brutally snatched from African inhabitants generations ago and deliberately kept in white hands for decades to come.

He and his white Afrikaner friends call it an invasion.

In 2006, township dwellers moved into a steep valley filled with venomous snakes.

In general the photography is good work, but the image of students drinking coffee is quite laughably framed.

If a senior staff member read this and gave it a green light, that person should be fired, and there is a serious problem with the editorial system at NYT.

If a senior staff member did not read this and it was published without review (as it would seem), there is a serious problem with the editorial system at NYT.

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