Officials want media ban at Nkandla hearings

2014-11-16 15:57
Nkandla (File, AFP)

Nkandla (File, AFP)

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

Johannesburg- Eleven public works officials facing disciplinary hearings in relation to spending on Nkandla have requested that media be barred from the hearings due to security concerns, the City Press reported on Sunday.


"Given the likelihood of the implication of senior members in the government, there is a real likelihood that the personal safety of the respondents may be in jeopardy," a written submission by the officials quoted by the newspaper read.

The officials are opposing a bid by Media24 and Independent Newspapers to attend the hearings about the R246m upgrades approved for President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

The hearings are set to begin on Monday in Durban.

The officials are also concerned at the fact that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was provided with extra bodyguards after she released her Nkandla report.

"There is a reasonable apprehension of fear on the part of the [officials] that by divulging such information their lives may be in danger and their future employment in the department, should they be found not guilty of the charges laid, will be damaged."

Phillip Masilo, the legal adviser to Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said he did not know why the officials had changed their minds from apparently originally having "no problem" with media attendance.

The accused face various charges related to misconduct and maladministration; as well as violating certain departmental procedures.

Read more on:    nkandla upgrade  |  media

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

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
70 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
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.