Did Wikipedia Get DJs Chilli and Black Bird In Trouble?
So two radio DJs have apparently had to leave their jobs because of references to President Robert Mugabe and an alleged Malawian lineage.
Popular Power FM DJ Hazvinei Sakarombe also known as DJ Chilli and Nonkululeko Vundla or Black Bird of Star FM have been removed from their shows.
It is believed that they used this information from a Wikipedia entry about Mugabe on the occasion of is 89th birthday:
Robert Gabriel Mugabe was born near the Kutama Jesuit Mission in the Zvimba District northwest of Salisbury in Southern Rhodesia to a Malawian father Gabriel Matibili and a Shona mother Bona, both Roman Catholic.
It seems as if the powers that be did not fancy that much so Chilli has been kicked out and Black Bird asked to resign. Now, that entry has been there for a while and a parliamentary select committee is looking at her dismissal on account of that. They also say that President Mugabe himself has not challenged the information.
Come on, seriously though. We are better than that if it is true that this has happened for those reasons. So what, if the president’s dad may have been Malawian. Immaterial it is because at the end of day he is Zimbabwean. The constitution which will be voting for on 16 March defends the rights of children whose parents are from the SADC region and takes nothing away from them.
If it turns out that the information on Wikipedia is not veritable, well it then shows that people in positions of that nature shouldn’t be using the crowd-sourcing site as an authority. By its own admission the site says:
Almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site, and it has about 100,000 active contributors.
So you really can’t use them as a source… Well not a exclusive one anyway…