[LISTEN] Veteran UK journo describes reporting in SA on the cusp of democracy

Veteran anchor Jeremy Thompson is in South Africa to launch his autobiography 'Breaking News' at Exclusive Books in Hyde Park, Johannesburg on Thursday.

One of the longest-serving journalists and news anchors in the UK, Thompson is easily one of the most recognised faces and voices as a newsman around the world.

He took some time off to speak to 702's Bongani Bingwa on The Breakfast Show, about how South Africa is viewed from a global perspective, as well the first time he visited the country for an assignment.

I lived here for the first half of the 90s in what was turbulent and tumultuous time for South Africa.

Jeremy Thompson, veteran Journalist and former Sky News Anchor

It was sort of a huge upheaval as it created its new history that you now live in, and I am reminded of a lot of those things, the factional fighting within the ANC, that seems to be going on now as you yet again try and define and decide the leadership of this country.

Jeremy Thompson, veteran Journalist and former Sky News Anchor

When I was a foreign correspondent here, the story of the struggle against apartheid, the changing times, coming of democracy would be a lead story on bulletins day after day. Whereas looking at a UK bulletin these days, the Zuma story has barely hit the radar.

Jeremy Thompson, veteran Journalist and former Sky News Anchor

I think what is happening now, no longer against the backdrop of turbulence or turmoil, this is an internecine political struggle within the ANC about the leadership of this country. It feels like the country is slightly marking time until these fellows sort it out.

Jeremy Thompson, veteran Journalist and former Sky News Anchor

Thompson speaks of his experience of Nelson Mandela.

One of the intriguing things about Mandela, when you talk to him about his role within the ANC, he saw himself as the ultimate team man.

Jeremy Thompson, veteran Journalist and former Sky News Anchor

Click on the link below to listen to the full interview...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
[LISTEN] #WorldRadioDay: How radio has withstood the test of time

[LISTEN] #WorldRadioDay: How radio has withstood the test of time

13 February marks World Radio Day and Franz Kruger, Head of Wits School of Journalism talks about the power of the medium.

'In less than 100 years radio has become king and remained king' #WorldRadioDay

'In less than 100 years radio has become king and remained king' #WorldRadioDay

Harvard African Studies director. Obenewa Amponsah takes a journey down memory lane and looks at the role of radio in her life.

[WATCH] EWN/947's Cindy Poluta: I love the immediacy of radio #WorldRadioDay

[WATCH] EWN/947's Cindy Poluta: I love the immediacy of radio #WorldRadioDay

EWN Sports Editor Cindy Poluta talks about the power of radio.

Opinion: Radio remains the most widely accessible form of media - William Bird

Opinion: Radio remains the most widely accessible form of media - William Bird

Media Monitoring Africa director reveals why radio still remains so powerful as we celebrate World Radio Day on 13 February.

Radio trends for the year ahead - podcasts, streams and subscriptions

Radio trends for the year ahead - podcasts, streams and subscriptions

Here are 3 predictions for what will become more significant for radio broadcasters in 2018: Podcasts, streams, and subscriptions.

20 chats with South Africans who are winning

20 chats with South Africans who are winning

Bruce Whitfield interviews journalist Jeremy Maggs, author of “Win! Compelling Conversations with 20 Successful South Africans”.

Popular articles
Two young boys go the extra mile to get a sick dog to a vet with just R7

Two young boys go the extra mile to get a sick dog to a vet with just R7

Peter and Jerry gave up their last R7 to get a sick community dog (Lady) to an Animal Welfare shelter for medical attention.

[LISTEN] ANC Tshwane says it has documented proof of corruption in the metro

[LISTEN] ANC Tshwane says it has documented proof of corruption in the metro

The Tshwane ANC says it has evidence that Mayor Solly Msimanga is central to several irregular appointments in his administration.

Pieter-Dirk Uys gets serious about money (‘Evita is my pension!’)

Pieter-Dirk Uys gets serious about money (‘Evita is my pension!’)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Uys about his attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

'Almost alcoholics' - the blurred lines between social drinking and alcoholism

'Almost alcoholics' - the blurred lines between social drinking and alcoholism

Sobriety advocate Janet Gourand explains the differences between the social drinker and an almost alcoholic.

[LISTEN] White callers debate privilege and response to apartheid

[LISTEN] White callers debate privilege and response to apartheid

Two white callers, Matt and Stephanie, disagreed on how white people should respond to apartheid as Eusebius McKaiser facilitated.

More than 30% of students go hungry

More than 30% of students go hungry

Dr Stephen Devereux says a large number of black students are more vulnerable than their white counterparts.

[WATCH] Safari that could have gone horribly wrong as buffalo charges vehicle

[WATCH] Safari that could have gone horribly wrong as buffalo charges vehicle

Khabazela shares some tweets, Facebook posts and videos that have gone viral.