Are we as citizens entitled to know the private business of public figures?
When does the right to privacy supersede public interest?
With the recent sex tape of Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba, Eusebius McKaiser raises some question on when is the public entitled to such information.
Do you have a right to the private life and decisions made privately by politicians? I say No.— Eusebius McKasier, Show host
We have to separate two classic question in journalism. What is of interest to the public isn't always in the public interest. Why are you entitled to the discussion about his genitalia? You are absolutely not.— Eusebius McKasier, Show host
You are not entitled to the moral failing of Malusi Gigaba.— Eusebius McKasier, Show host
Eusebius states that the public is not innocent in this matter, arguing they have a choice to be disinterested in the material or to continue circulating it on social media.
However, he says there is one qualification to this argument.
When a politician is hypocritical and private facts can help us expose hypocrisy then it is fair game. But we are not that kind of politics. I don't remember Malusi Gigaga ever standing at the pulpit and saying I am a morally virtuous human being so there is not hypocrisy to be exposed here.— Eusebius McKasier, Show host
Eusebius says the most serious matter coming out of the sex tape and the statement made by Minister Gigaba is in relation to the State Security Agency.
If the Minister's version is accurate, what are the implications for state security?— Eusebius McKasier, Show host
Whoever that is blackmailing, has all sorts of content on there. What State secrets do those people have access to?— Eusebius McKasier, Show host
What else do the hackers know? That for me is the public interest.— Eusebius McKasier, Show host
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