Ministers skip NCOP imbizo

2012-11-07 17:08
Parliament (Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Four Cabinet ministers failed to attend an imbizo in De Aar in the Northern Cape, because of prior arrangements or unforeseen circumstances, their offices said on Wednesday.

They were Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti.

They had been scheduled to speak on Tuesday at National Council of Provinces (NCOP) public hearings which were intended to take "Parliament to the people".

Oliphant could not attend because she was in Cape Town, said her spokesperson Musa Zondi. "... She sent an apology to the NCOP," he said.

Joemat-Pettersson was not there because of "unforeseen circumstances", said her spokesperson Palesa Mokomela. "She will go there tomorrow [Thursday]," she said.

Molewa had been unable to attend because she was "off sick", said her spokesperson Mandla Mathebula.

The Sowetan reported on Wednesday that Nkwinti addressed a business breakfast in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning, and arrived in De Aar only after the public hearing had ended.

Comment from his spokesperson could not be immediately obtained.

NCOP chairperson Mninwa Mahlangu told people at the hearing that it wanted Ministers, as the government's leaders, to address residents' concerns.

"We have been having a bit of a problem today [Tuesday], particularly with the ministers," he said.

"It was not the intention. It was actually that the leadership of government was [meant] to respond to your questions."

Read more on:    ncop  |  gugile nkwinti  |  mildred oliphant  |  edna molewa  |  tina joemat-pettersson  |  kimberley  |  politics  |  parliament 2012

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