It seems that contempt for freedom of expression is endemic in Mbeki's govt. The following report reveals how Essop Pahad wants to deal with The Sunday Times for exposing Manto.
It is particularly worrying that The ANC's totalitarian tendencies are so openly on display since the eyes of the world are following South Africa's every movement in the build-up to the next election and 2010 World Cup:
MAIL AND GUARDIAN
Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad is not yet pursuing his opinion that the government should pull advertising from the Sunday Times, presidential spokesperson Mukhoni Ratshitanga said on Friday.
He explained at length that Pahad, who is the political head of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), was only expressing a personal view and that it was not government policy.
"It is just a view, albeit a very strong one," Ratshitanga said.