Parliament threatens to ban reporter

2011-10-04 10:01

Johannesburg - Parliament wants to ban a reporter who spoke to an official off the record about the government's controversial secrecy bill, The Times reported on Tuesday.

The secretary to Parliament, Zingile Dingani, has written to Independent Group editors asking why he should not withdraw Deon de Lange's accreditation.

De Lange is the Independent Group’s parliamentary correspondent.

De Lange had quoted criticism by an unnamed senior parliamentary official of the ANC's decision to continue consideration of the protection of state information bill. The decision had been taken during an ANC closed committee, the paper reported.

De Lange’s source had said: "It's like the blind leading the blind and [the ANC] are confusing everybody."

ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga reportedly threatened to crack down on De Lange's source and ordered an investigation.

He described the source as a "bad apple" who had shown "deplorable conduct".

  • Willie_G - 2011-10-04 10:08

    Truth hurts doens't it?

      Spyker May - 2011-10-04 10:37

      The fascist regime at work. It is only a matter of time before the fascist ANC regime starts a violent assault against journalists. In fact, De Lange's source must surely be fearing for his/her life - do we comprehend the gravity of the matter..? The international sanctions that led to the '94 elections coerced SA under an oppressive black nationalist regime (reminder - the Nazi's were a white nationalist party). Apartheid had many flaws, but it remains the only means, to protect a civilised minority in Africa. I would say there are merits, to consider a class action against the governments that imposed sanctions against SA, before 94.

      Slartibartfast - 2011-10-04 11:00

      Blah blah blah blah .... Sit down and keep quiet ANC .... take it on the chin. You don't like it when we hear what your conduct in parliament is really like ... do you?? Pigs!

      cerveza - 2011-10-04 11:44

      @Spyker - yes Apartheid had many flaws, like they did not like journalist telling the truth either, how can you ignore that little point? or does it not sit that well in with your "good old days". Strange that these similarities are so easily missed by Apartheid and many ANC supporters, seems they like to act the same but will never admit it

      JMan - 2011-10-04 14:14

      Apartheid sucked. End of. If it wasn't for apartheid (mostly), we wouldn't be in this mess to begin with. Ok...let the tumbs-down-ing begin!

  • York Hunt - 2011-10-04 10:10

    I hate the ANC!

  • Pekkie - 2011-10-04 10:11

    I'm breathing you in and I'm breathing you out! Lol

  • Darwinian - 2011-10-04 10:13

    *Spilling the proverbial whiskey all over the cANCer mess*

      saabnut - 2011-10-04 12:29

      Just don't spill on showerhead, whatever you do...

  • Chris - 2011-10-04 10:14

    This is BS! Getting 'off the record' comment is normal journalistic practice. The more the ANC government feels the heat, the more they show undemocratic tendencies.

  • Kevin - 2011-10-04 10:16

    What happened to freedom of speech as enshrined in the constitition, what happened to the ideals of a free media. Motshekga is a Bob Mugabe in the making.

  • daaivark - 2011-10-04 10:19

    Ruling with a big stick. Now THAT is what the struggle was for, wasn't it. The ANC has sold out our liberation! What did people die for? NOT THIS!

      Flasheart - 2011-10-04 11:08

      The sad truth is the ANC didn't fight for Freedom. They fought for Power...

      Ulindi - 2011-10-04 11:55

      @Flasheart - you are SO right!

      Fision - 2011-10-04 12:56

      Flasheart : Brilliantly said! It also explains the current state of the gov. Since we all know what power does!

      Meanleader - 2011-10-04 12:58

      @Daaivark ...correction ...YOUR LIBERATION , not ours son . FMSPAfr

      Flasheart - 2011-10-04 14:16

      Hauntingly true... and sad.

      daaivark - 2011-10-04 15:23

      As I am, you are welcome to your opinion, Meanleader. I prefer my view, though, obviously. The ANC were not the only grouping involved in the struggle, though they would love to believe it. There were indeed those who sought liberation.

  • Ian - 2011-10-04 10:24

    anc crapping there nappies again

  • letsee - 2011-10-04 10:25

    Freedom of press, the right of people to know and amny other people's rights that the dictators in the ANC wabt to hide from people to rule with lies and hold to power for which thet are yet to prove competence.

  • unrealchris - 2011-10-04 10:26

    And so it starts.....

  • JCWR56 - 2011-10-04 10:28

    This is a foretaste of what is to come once this bill has been passed. It will be passed, i have no doubt and it will be passed without any material changes. This is also a further indication of the arrogance of the ANC government. The public has a right to know what is going on and this type of reaction to the press is a direct threat to our constitutional rights. We are not at war, we do not have secrets that need protecting. There are no activities that this regime should be keeping secret from Joe Public, unless of course it's corruption, tender rigging, dirty deals etc.

  • GuyverXT9 - 2011-10-04 10:28

    Shame. Poor ANC. Scared of being tossed off the gravy train it seems, even though it's long overdue. The longer you stay, the harsher your punishment will be.

  • Linda - 2011-10-04 10:32

    This is a perfect example of abuse of power - which makes a mockery of the supposed democracy that SA is meant to be. But Zingile Dingani needs to take note of the fact that the world is now a global village - and this attempt to stifle press freedom will be publicised round the world - and confirm the fears that people have that the proposed Secrecy Bill will used to prevent the public being informed of the illegal and unethical actions of people in power.

      mtzulu1 - 2011-10-04 14:12

      do you tell everybody of your weaknesses? which state do you that publishes everything? pliz folks give ANC a break

  • coconuts - 2011-10-04 10:42

    They are getting just as paranoid as the Nazi's and communists f the Cold War era

      Klip - 2011-10-04 11:29

      Yup and they (ANC) even support genocide.

  • v3 - 2011-10-04 10:44

    "Shoot the messenger" response from the ANC again. Only you can change the message. As the DA's Helen Suzman pointed out: "it is not the questions to government [or insiders] that embarrass the country, it's the answers the government-of-the-day gives that embarrass the country" Withdrawing a journo's accreditation is applying the Gag Law by stealth and an abuse of power. Why is Zingile Dingani not fussed how the "Zuma tapes" were leaked? Everyone else is.

  • limphow - 2011-10-04 10:46

    Our democracy already decaying?This is the beginning of an end for SA.

      Boerseun - 2011-10-04 11:41

      Democracy we have never had. We just changed minority rule to majority rule. Both are evil and will lead to civil war.

  • @Dada - 2011-10-04 10:48

    ah! "It's like the blind leading the blind and [the ANC] are confusing everybody." Can this really become a matter of concern? Dose the parliament have anything to do anymore??? ah!!!

  • CalamitySA - 2011-10-04 10:51

    De Lange’s source had said: "It's like the blind leading the blind and [the ANC] are confusing everybody." De Lange's source is 100% correct!! And it is the same is all departments!! Will I be banned now?? If somebody quoting the truth is banned then the ANC must abdicate!!

  • Janniel - 2011-10-04 10:53

    So they simply let the dogs chase snowball away...Easy!

      berni.venter - 2011-10-04 11:37

      Good one Janniel! Only now the young dogs are now turning on each other.

  • Jamba - 2011-10-04 10:54

    Everybody here: The current regime has democratic cancer. What they say and what's within is not the same. 45m x 2 = Intelegent people that can see through this sicness.

  • Boerseun - 2011-10-04 11:39

    Now hit on th poor oke who is doing the right thing...typical ANC way of doing.

  • Deon - 2011-10-04 11:43

    Without the bill being passed??? WTF!!! Shows that, it is just a formality before it will be passed!!

  • Woofix - 2011-10-04 11:52

    I am afraid to spell out the truth wont help at all (concerning the ANC) but maybe to enlightened the darkness of many people who are willing to abandoned the darkness. It is alarming frightening to go into the history of dictators and discover the sticky thread trough every one's history: First you have to close the door preventing the attrocities from escaping and make those who dare to speak dissapear. If the rulers would have some conscions they will listen to what is rightfully & truthfully. I am afraid spelling out the truth trough whatever media will only add petrol on their fire. May God help us all.

  • Dave Hood - 2011-10-04 11:53

    Of course the ANC "fought" (??) for freedom - the freedom to rob, pillage and steal at will, to appoint total idiots to the highest offices to continue the rot.

  • PyroSA - 2011-10-04 11:55

    The key here is "Off the Record". If the discussion was off the record, the journalist should not have reported it. This is not the same as an anonymouse discussion.

  • Chris - 2011-10-04 12:47

    Again an ANC member expresses an opinion and he will be shot down! They are not a democratic organisation!

  • mac-sdi - 2011-10-04 13:22

    Why not ban the bad apple source? Leave the reporter alone. Its common practise in the world of journalist to use un-named sources and speaking off the record. Or does the ANC not know this? Moronic.

  • RobertKay - 2011-10-04 13:33

    "ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga reportedly threatened to crack down on De Lange's source and ordered an investigation.He described the source as a "bad apple" who had shown "deplorable conduct". So,before the bill is even voted into law, they are already bitching about "secrets" coming out, and a reporter will have to suffer the wrath of the party! The future ain't looking bright at all!!!

  • Laterus - 2011-10-04 13:37

    So! ANC you'll shoot the messenger! The'source' has a right to voice their opintion too! That's DEMOCRACY. But that's too big a word for the ANC to understand fully.

  • sphamandla - 2011-10-04 14:05

    @spyker may,I also do not like what the anc is doing;but to suggest that apartheid was a justifiable system is an insult to everyone who suffered(both black and white) particularily dissapointing is the fact that people seem to support your sentiments based on the number of likes you received.It is people like you on both sides who prevent those who want to work together for the country's good;go get your friend malema and leave us to face the real problems facing both white and black.

  • mtzulu1 - 2011-10-04 14:09

    there is no home without secrets, would you go around opening your house secrets just becaz we democratic. hell no. there is some info which is not necessary to share with the public. the state is right folks

      pistolpete - 2011-10-04 14:39

      @mtzulu1. The government reminds me more and more of the National Party every day. "Baasskap" comes to mind. Maybe they will change their name to African National Party too?

  • mtzulu1 - 2011-10-04 14:17

    I just wanna did the previous gvnt publish everything? if then its democracy if not y now? folks lets not judge this gorvenment has done a lot for everyone lets be realistic and honest. stop complaining and aappriciate. those that mourn a lot are those that were benefiting previously unjustly. stop complaining about things you can not change, if you cant beat them join them

  • Marcus - 2011-10-04 14:23

    Does anyone know where I can find a product key for Dead Island?

      Yuck - 2011-10-04 14:34

      Zombie Alert

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  • James - 2011-10-05 00:49

    I cringe with embarrassment every time someone from our illustrious govt or leading party opens their mouths and spew #$%& out, and just hope that the rest of the world could not care a tosser about SA and are not reading about us

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