Govt communicators warn on leaks

2011-03-24 22:23

Johannesburg - Government communicators have warned that "steps will be taken" against those who engage in the "abhorrent" practice of leaking information from confidential meetings.

Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said government communicators had made the resolution at a meeting in Pretoria on Thursday.

"The communicators strongly and collectively deplored what they believe is an abhorrent practice, observed over the past few weeks, that involves the leaking of information from confidential meetings," Manyi said,

"The meeting cautioned those responsible for the leaks that their actions constitute misconduct and that steps will be taken to safeguard the confidentiality of internal staff meetings."

Manyi said the communicators had "expressed worry" that they may no longer be able to speak freely in meetings if the actions of those who leaked information about confidential meetings continued.

The meeting also called on journalists who relied on the leaks not to allow themselves to be "co-opted" by "a few ill-disciplined elements".

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