MBABANE:Kenneth Mokgatlhe, a former Sunday Independent journalist in South Africa has joined Swaziland News as a freelance journalist.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, the journalist said he was very delighted to join this publication at the time when many people lost their jobs and struggling to secure employment. Mokhatlhe is a member of the newly formed Human Rights Journalists for Southern Africa (HRJSA), a collaboration of independent journalists in the SADC region that seeks to enhance investigative journalism on human rights reporting.
“I am very delighted to be given such opportunity to be part of a team that is making sure politicians account, the media is very important. This opportunity comes at the time when many people lost their jobs and struggling to secure employment and I really appreciate it. I am a South African and for me to write for a publication that focus on Swaziland issues to give me more experience and expand my network” he said.
Mokgatlhe noted that in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis many industries are suffering but he emphasized the importance of making sure that the media remain active to monitor those in power.
“The media should remain active to monitor those in power because in the absence of the media, that means politicians will engage in corruption and abuse their powers without fear of being held accountable” said the journalist.
Swaziland News sub-editor Mduduzi Hlophe welcomed Mokgatlhe, he said the experienced journalist comes at the time when the publication was preparing its strategy for next year, identifying key areas that need special attention of the media in the public administration.
“We strongly believe he will add value to the editorial team particularly in terms of investigating cross border stories that touch on eSwatini social, economic and political landscape” said the sub-editor.