When political reporters get bored they apparently start speculating whether the typing, grammatical and other errors in ANC and ANCYL statements are intentional or otherwise. I wonder the same about the products of the Ministry and Department of Defence.
Editors and general reporters would this weekend have received a statement from [identity withheld to protect the guilty] regarding the latest “boarder [sic]” safeguarding success – the arrest of some more alleged poachers in the Kruger National Park. What a difference an “a” can make. Heaven knows, no one’s perfect and my writing is equally bedevilled with typing errors – in part the result of an old keyboard with a personality, but it is a poor workman who blames his tools.
I can continue at length, but that’s not the point – the reader is welcome to peruse some of the department and ministry’s statements and speeches over the last two years reproduced unabridged elsewhere on these pages.
Of equal concern is the general deterioration in the content of media statements. The essential elements of a media statement is the same as that for a standard media report, police investigative report, military incident report or order group mission statement:
- Who is it about?
- What happened (what’s the story)?
- When did it take place?
- Where did it take place?
- How did it happen?
- Why did it happen?
(for more: Five Ws)
And then there’s that persistent trouble with releases that arrive late…
ZERO TOLLARANCE [sic] TO ALLEGED POACHERS
On Thursday, 30 June 2011, the South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) troops deployed at Kruger National Park and SANPark members were dispatched to search for alleged poachers. Three suspected, heavily armed alleged poachers were apprehended. They were in possession of AK 47 and ammunition, Hunting Rifle with ammunition, hand grenade, 2 axes, 3 backpacks, 2 nokia cellphones, 2 water bottles, bread roll and three cans of fish.
In the case where rhino-poaching manifests as a cross-border crime activity, the SANDF will act within the framework of its present mandate as per the Defence Act of 2002 Section 18(1) (d).
The SANDF contributes and plays a very critical role in the curbing of rhino-poaching as part of their support to SANParks along the Kruger National Park which borders the neighbouring countries.
The Constitution stipulates that the SANDF shall protect the territorial integrity and safeguarding the sovereignty of the republic. In this regard, the SANDF is in the Kruger National Park to ensure that this mandate is carried out.