Security cluster responds to jamming scandal - As it happened

2015-02-19 08:32

Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko says he will be ready to present his report on Nkandla investigation to Parliament by the end of March.

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19 Feb 10:07
And that's the end of the briefing.

19 Feb 10:05

We should all hang our heads in shame after what happened at Sona - Mapisa-Nqakula

I challenge us all to a dialogue, she says. She looks at the DA's David Maynier who's also at the briefing.


19 Feb 10:04
A national dialogue is needed after Sona events, says defence minister.

19 Feb 10:04
Mahlobo: We have done the best we could to secure SONA. Whatever mistakes happened are human error.

19 Feb 10:02
Mahlobo: Assurance - we have done the best job we could, as we have always done to secure events, ensure they are peaceful

19 Feb 10:01
Mahlobo: Of late there is technology, we can't detect, they fly below the radar.

19 Feb 10:01
Mahlobo: When given an order, they [EFF] did not respect the rules. ... they behaved dishonorably. They were intransigent... We look at all the threats.

19 Feb 10:00
Mahlobo: Helmets are dangerous weapons...

19 Feb 09:59
Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko says he will be ready to present his report on Nkandla investigation to Parliament by end of March.

19 Feb 09:58
Mahlobo: the EFF have acted on the threat, they said they would invade land, they have done that.

19 Feb 09:58
Mahlobo says: with a big event you have to do a full threat analysis...

19 Feb 09:57
The world has changed, there are matters of terrorism... says Mahlobo.

19 Feb 09:56
Min Mapisa-Nqakula has a question for reporters: You wrote about it, you said there was a threat to disrupt Parliament.

19 Feb 09:54
Nhleko: the threat factor we shouldn't trivialize it and narrow it down to just a question.

19 Feb 09:53
We need to retrace our step,s the threat wasn't the asking of a question, says Nhleko [police minister]

19 Feb 09:52
Nhleko: the question of why police were wearing black trousers and white shirts, that's an operational decision.

19 Feb 09:50
Reporters ask again about the jamming being stopped just after Ramaphosa's note to Mahlobo.

19 Feb 09:49

19 Feb 09:48
A question: What did the note from the Deputy President [to state security minister Mahlobo] say? Can you confirm it said "stop it"?

19 Feb 09:47
What's the relationship between the lock-down of airspace and jamming of signals, a reporter asks in another round of questions.

19 Feb 09:46
Justice Minister: The rule of law has to be enforced even if the heavens fall.

19 Feb 09:44
Masutha: Upholding rule of law central to any democratic dispensation, Parliament no exception.

19 Feb 09:43

19 Feb 09:41
Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha now giving context to a comment in his speech.

19 Feb 09:39

Mapisa-Nqakula "commends" the 'White Shirts' for removing MPs with "absolute precision".

There was no intention to deploy SANDF members in the Assembly but yes we did deploy police, says Mapisa-Nqakula.


19 Feb 09:38

We have a responsibility to protect you by the way, and all South Africans, says defence minister.

She says officers who went into Assembly weren't even armed. They went in purely for people who were disrupting the sitting.


19 Feb 09:37
Mapisa-Nqakula refers to the removal of MPs on SONA day as an "operation".

19 Feb 09:36
Mapisa-Nqakula: The intention was not to attack, but to remove. We had absolutely no intention of preventing Sona from proceeding.

19 Feb 09:35
Mapisa-Nqakula on police deployment in National Assembly: Speaker called on security services, allowed by P&P Act

19 Feb 09:33
Mapisa-Nqakula: We are committed to making sure South Africans receive all the information on the Sona.

19 Feb 09:32
Planning took into account threat made; intelligence responsible for verifying info in media; you then deploy accordingly - Mapisa-Nqakula

19 Feb 09:30
Mapisa-Nqakula: There was a threat. A threat to disrupt Parliament.

19 Feb 09:27
Nhleko: Army presence during Sona - it has always been a common feature.

19 Feb 09:25
Mahlobo on terrorism: we will never know when it is going to hit us

19 Feb 09:24

19 Feb 09:23
Mahlobo: Icasa has indicated that there is nothing wrong, we are allowed to possess the equipment.

19 Feb 09:23
Mahlobo: Remember, there's nothing wrong to brief political members, but we don't brief on operations.

19 Feb 09:22
Mahlobo: I did receive a note [from Dep Pres Cyril Ramaphosa]. Not abnormal to receive in the House. There was a clear instruction to investigate. I never left the National Assembly

19 Feb 09:20
Our intel challenges have become complex, says minister.

19 Feb 09:20

Mahlobo: Spooks are always around us.

This is one isolated incident that we regret, he says.


19 Feb 09:19
Mahlobo says there will always be devices to ensure safety of people.

19 Feb 09:18
Mahlobo: We regret signal disruption and condemn it. We apologise to media.

19 Feb 09:17
Mahlobo: we have a right to enter Parliament to execute our policy and function, this includes police and intelligence.

19 Feb 09:16
Mahlobo: We had glitches at various points, some people received signals and others didn't.

19 Feb 09:14
Mahlobo urges reporters to familiarise themselves with National Intel Act.

19 Feb 09:14
State security's participation in Sona isn't the first or last time - Mahlobo

19 Feb 09:13
Mahlobo: We want to put it on record, we never issued any political or executive decision to interfere with flow of info..

19 Feb 09:12
Mahlobo to address jamming questions.

19 Feb 09:10
Another question: what independent intelligence have you gathered that led you to do this

19 Feb 09:09
Has this device been used before and in what instances, asks another journalist about the jammer.

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