ANC supports Sisulu on report

2010-09-14 11:44

Johannesburg - The ANC on Tuesday expressed its support for Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, following her decision to withhold the Defence Interim Commission's report on the state of the military.

The party's sub-committee on peace and stability, which met on Monday, was satisfied with the manner in which Sisulu had handled the report, spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said.

"We want to reiterate our full support to her and the defence ministry. We believe that she has performed her duty with passion and integrity."

The statement followed attempts by Parliament's defence and military veterans portfolio committee to force Sisulu to release the report ahead of its consideration of the Defence Amendment Bill.

The committee recently said it intended to write to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, formally requesting the release of the report within 30 days.

However, Motlanthe, together with Cabinet and Speaker of Parliament Max Sisulu, all reportedly backed Sisulu's refusal to release the report until the Interim Commission had completed its investigations.

Mthembu said the sub-committee on peace and stability also welcomed the drop in crime statistics and urged people to continue working with the police to eradicate crime.