Durban University of Technology’s department of Journalism in partnership with the Gandhi Development trust held the 9th annual Mahatma Gandhi media lecture at city campus on Tuesday, 03 October 2017.
In his official welcoming remarks Dr Sihawulele Ngubane, of Gandhi Luthuli trust said the gathering reminded them of heroes, heroines, civil rights activists and peaceful renowned leaders of protest in India and South Africa and around the globe.
“Gandhi and Luthuli initiated a non-violence society and further grew against British rule by using their mind and spirit. What is remarkable is that Ghandi was born on the 2nd of October 1869 and lived for 78 years thereafter,” said Ngubane. He further said that Gandhi’s commitment to non-violence and his beliefs were remarkable.
Delivering his key note address guest speaker, Mondli Makhanya editor-in-chief of city press talked about how South Africans had scored victory in holding officials accountable. He further added that there were countries in the world where citizens had allowed a few elites to control everything which included the likes of Nigeria, Russia and Zimbabwe which led to failure in providing basic needs for it citizens.
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean, if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty,” he (Makhanya) quoted Gandhi. Makhanya further added that South Africa today should take courage because people did not allow a few dirty drops to bring the country into dispute.
He urged aspiring journalist to be true to themselves and know why they entered in the field that they are in saying their job was to expose wrong so authorities can be accountable.
Pictured: Dr Mikhail Peppas (Former DUT Lecturer) Dr Nhlakanipho Zulu (former SABC editor and head of news and current affairs in KwaZulu-Natal), Mondli Makhanya (Editor-in-chief City Press), Advocate Robin Sewlal (DUT Court& Crime Lecturer)and Zamambo Mkhize (SABC General Manager).