Ministers skip NCOP imbizo

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

Parliament (Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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."

- SAPA
Read more on:    ncop  |  gugile nkwinti  |  mildred oliphant  |  edna molewa  |  tina joemat-pettersson  |  kimberley  |  politics  |  parliament 2012
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
5 crucial questions to ask before you take that job 2014-10-30 08:00

You choose your employer just as much as they choose you. Here are 5 of the most important things you should find out about a company before you sign up.

/Health
 

LOL! Best outdoor girl fails

It’s not only guys who have FAIL moments! Here are some of the funniest outdoor fails where girls are the victims!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

90-year-old's incredible travels
10 facts about swimming you didn't know
Halloween night run
Exciting new zipline for Cape Town!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R2100 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Hot offer: Up to 50% off irons

Save up to 50% on all Philips irons. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There may be some tension that is caused through social conflicts -- personal interests versus obligations. You may feel an...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.