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Media barred from seeing municipal reports

2012-11-13 11:45

Durban - The Ethekwini municipality has barred journalists from seeing reports before they are debated by the council, the Mercury reported on Tuesday.

This move was reportedly intended to prevent the media from studying documents on how ratepayers' money was being spent.

In the past few months journalists had been asked on a number of occasions to leave the executive committee boardroom to allow council members to discuss reports.

Some of the documents which had been discussed in private included the Manase and Associates forensic report, the city's organisational structure, and an abridged version of a report by Strauss Daly Attorneys on aspects of the Manase report.

Deputy chairperson of the media freedom committee of the SA National Editors' Forum, Raymond Louw, criticised the city's decision, saying it was unconstitutional.

"This is unacceptable censorship and part of a growing clampdown on information emanating from government," Louw was quoted as saying by the Mercury.

City spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng did not respond to questions about the matter.

Comments
  • debduplessis - 2012-11-13 12:00

    and so censorship begins! .... more corruption trying to be swept under the carpet!

  • morne.demeillon - 2012-11-13 12:01

    Well i hope they release these reports after they reviewed it. Its the taxpayer right to know how their money is spend. Something smells like corruption!

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-13 12:01

    They just trying to hide how much they have really spent on Kaga-gate!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-13 12:03

    Ah - more ANC denial, cover up, spin, lies, corruption etc etc. Never mind, let's vote them in again, and again, and again....... They must first have a meeting to decide how the hell they're going to cover up and deny.

  • denise.wilshire - 2012-11-13 12:06

    Especially Ekurhuleni, because then they would question why the Metro wrote off millions in unpaid services, deeming that they had met their payment obligations. In real terms it means that people living in conventional houses had supported the bills run up in the squatter camps. 2 people in a house with no staff are currently paying R4000.00 this month! Go figure.

  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-11-13 12:08

    Thugs! Thats All

  • Riaan Venter - 2012-11-13 12:18

    corruption corruption corruption corruption !!!!!!

  • john.thelps - 2012-11-13 12:25

    "on how ratepayers' money was being spent." Please rephrase: on how ratepayers' money was being wasted.

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-11-13 12:26

    Stole too much!!!!how can it be made public???

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-13 12:27

    I would also be too embarrassed to give the media proof of my dishonesty.

  • gail.welman - 2012-11-13 12:33

    THE EMFULENI /SEDIBENG MUNICIPALITY IS NO DIFFERENT. LAST WEEK 6 EXECUTIVE MANAGERS OF SEDIBENG WERE PUT ON 'SPECIAL LEAVE' AND NO-ONE KNOWS WHAT 'SPECIAL LEAVE' MEANS OR WHAT THEY ARE DOING. CAN'T I HAVE A JOB THERE. PAID HOLIDAYS REGULARLY

  • Mike - 2012-11-13 12:45

    I smell the stink of Metro Mike.......

  • ianthe.exall - 2012-11-13 12:49

    I am an Ethekwini ratepayer. What is the municipality hiding from me? I am entitled to know where and how our rates are being used.

      debduplessis - 2012-11-13 12:56

      yes after all they public documents

  • james.harold.946 - 2012-11-13 13:04

    Cover up before the follow up!!!!

  • godesha - 2012-11-13 13:08

    I wonder why? If you have nothing to hide, then you will publish the reports for the world to see.

  • Andrea - 2012-11-13 13:10

    I guess they just need to still agree on what to hide altogether and what they should "amend" before issuing the "final, correct and accurate" report.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-13 13:34

      Sanral style.

  • Kimcy1 - 2012-11-13 14:24

    What the ANC does to try and cover up the Manase report in delays gets the exposure closer to the 2014 (May???) elections. The delays are obvious that there is a lot to hide, so the closer it gets to the elections the more damming it will be. The DA will keep up the pressure to release the full report, so that they cannot dig their heads in the sand and hope it will go away. Also it is unfair of those accused not to know what they are accused of and have justice served if they are not guilty or guilty.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-13 15:31

    This is now way beyond ridiculous! The conniving and thieving must be completely out of control, worse than Limpopo.

  • dell.adamsonbeissel - 2012-11-14 11:27

    As a taxpayer, I demand that I see where my money is being spent!

  • rheinier.plooy - 2012-11-14 13:39

    don't wanna get their hands slammed in the cookie jar

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