Minister refuses to speak in DA's presence

2012-05-04 12:54

Johannesburg - Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has refused to address the Cape Town Press Club in the presence of a DA shadow minister, the club said on Friday.

"The minister's office accused the Cape Town Press Club of being dishonest about the people it had invited to this breakfast meeting," chairperson Donwald Pressly said in a statement.

Joemat-Pettersson was invited to address the meeting after her budget vote debate in Parliament, but would not speak unless Democratic Alliance shadow minister Pieter van Dalen left. Van Dalen agreed to do so, and the minister delivered her speech.

Pressly said: "Van Dalen is a fully paid-up member of the Cape Town Press Club, and as such is entitled to attend any Cape Town Press Club event he chooses to attend."

Joemat-Pettersson's spokesperson Rams Mabote said he could not understand why the club took exception to the minister's reaction.


"The minister goes to Parliament... she addresses politicians every day, so why is she expected to at the Press Club? Why don't they invite other political parties, then?"

He said Joemat-Pettersson's office did not know her shadow minister would be at the event, contending this was not the appropriate setting for political debate.

Pressly said Joemat-Pettersson's office had "no prerogative" to dictate to the club which of its members were allowed to attend its own meetings.

"One is surprised that an elected politician and servant of the entire electorate is unable to take the heat of probing questions from whatever quarter. Perhaps it is a case of the answers being potentially embarrassing, rather than the questions," he said.

National Press Club chairperson Yusuf Abramjee said he would not have allowed Joemat-Pettersson to address the meeting if she was not prepared to speak in front of Van Dalen.

"It smacks of arrogance and this nonsense must stop."

He said it was "disrespectful" of her to use the public platform provided by the Cape Town Press Club for "petty politicking".

  • Vicker - 2012-05-04 13:02

    Well at least she was bright enough to realize she was going to be shown up as the fool she is... Ironic that she is the Min of Agriculture, cos she really is as thick as pigsh1t...(sorry to all the real pigs out there for associating you with this moegoe)

      Mark - 2012-05-04 13:09

      Pettersson is behaving badly again. She is a disgrace to Agriculture and a national liability. We make gas from our pigsh1t. She makes it by herself.

      Kobus - 2012-05-04 13:15

      She personifies the word PATHETIC!

      Irene - 2012-05-04 13:29

      She reminds me of Malema who was also too scared to take on the DA in a public debate. One consolation though is that anything connected to the cANCer knows how incompetent they are.

      margaret.brand.12 - 2012-05-04 13:31

      with that kind of response from Joemat-Pattersson she must have something to hid and is scared of the DA will find out what she is trying to hid

      Slick - 2012-05-05 22:58

      The Minister talks about routing out corruption and fraud etc etc. MADAM ARE A LIAR! Why don't you tell the public YOU AND YOUR Department are part of the Heinous Cabal in Government facing a Claim in excess of R400 Million. Which was registered in Middle of 2011 with the NCC. That she and her Department have also been reported to the Public Protector for investigation. This for allowing Astronomical Fraud, Corruption, Collusion and Health Abuses against the unsuspecting public. Regarding either NON COMPLIANT AND OR INCORRECTLY MARKED,LABELED AND DECLARED FOOD AND BEVERAGE PRODUCTS THAT ARE ADVERTISED,MARKETED AND SOLD ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN MARKET. This for more years than can even be guessed at! Her Department has been challenged to a Public Debate since 2010 but REFUSE to attend. REFUSE to inform the public as to what as been exposed and continues to be exposed by a MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC. Whose every complaint lodged against the DAFF has been validated by her very own dysfunctional, despicable, immoral & unethical department. AS CORRECT! DENY THE ABOVE, MADAM MINISTER.... I DARE YOU!! The public WILL soon be made aware and hopefully a massive percentage of these unsuspecting population will realize and comprehend what has been occurring against them and continues to occur against them UNABATED. Likewise WILL bring about the biggest CIVIL uproar and uprising South Africa has EVER KNOWN!

  • Smile - 2012-05-04 13:03

    Shame poor little Joemat-Pettersson! I bet she felt to embarresed to talk infront of someone who knew how incompetent she is!

  • Ian - 2012-05-04 13:05

    What exactly is she so scared of?

      raath - 2012-05-04 13:16

      The truth

  • thulani.sparks - 2012-05-04 13:07

    I blame the weather 4 ds

  • Sharon - 2012-05-04 13:13

    It just shows how pathetic and small-minded politicians can be! Because mr van Dalen agreed to leave, even though he had been invited and is a member, proved this point better than any debate could. Well done, Pieter - you won without saying a thing!

      Hermann - 2012-05-04 14:56

      Van Dalen is a member of the Press Club and had full rights to be present. He just showed, in the interest of the Press Club, what Petterson lacks - integrity.

  • Vaughan - 2012-05-04 13:14

    A minister has finally realized that when they open their mouths they immediately expose their incompetence.

  • raath - 2012-05-04 13:16

    They probably made her agriculture minister because she was the only one who could keep a gift bonsai tree alive for more than 2 weeks.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-05-04 13:17

    Wow, the level of childishness is astounding..ANC = Another National Crèche

      Kenny - 2012-05-04 15:44

      Ha Ha! Good one PointBlank!

  • Herbert - 2012-05-04 13:17

    Maybe she should go back to selling fish off the boat. At least she'll give her dentures a rest.

  • sika.ncamane - 2012-05-04 13:17


  • thozi - 2012-05-04 13:17

    I always knew there was something wrong with her, I just couldn't figure it out.

  • Piet - 2012-05-04 13:17

    Hiding something?????

      Gungets - 2012-05-04 15:54

      She is doing a very bad job of hiding it. She is quite clearly a coward, incompetent, ignorant. What could she be hiding, 6 toes on each foot???

  • Khehla - 2012-05-04 13:18

    It is very disappointing to read the news from a press club alligning itself to a political party; this might might come back to haunt them. The public response from the club was not necessary as it defeat the purpose of calling an order where applicable, now the matter is politically than anything else

      Smile - 2012-05-04 13:36

      Well Said Irene!

      Richard - 2012-05-04 13:38

      Where in the article does it say that the press club has aligned itself to a political party? As I see it, as a paying member of the press club, the shadow minister is more than welcome to attend meetings of the press club. Why can't the minister understand this?

      Dee - 2012-05-04 13:49

      Khelhla - the CT 'Press' Club is a completely open club for for any members of the public to join and listen to interesting speakers - who come from across the social, professional and political spectrum. I am a member - I do not have any political or press associations. Recent speakers have included Miller Matola; Raenette Taljard; Riaad Moosa; Marianne Thamm; Prof David Lewis. You can contact this email address to join :

      Khehla - 2012-05-05 21:29

      Dee - Your comment is fair and have accepted as a point to note than those who seemed not interested on a different view(s) from others who choose to resort to name calling or questioning people's IQ.

  • Josie - 2012-05-04 13:19

    running scared are they. Afraid they will once again put both feet in their mouths again. HAHAHA

  • kswanepoel - 2012-05-04 13:24

    Has Tina forgotten she's actually employed by the taxpayers of this Country? No wonder the ANC wants a secrecy bill signed and passed! Perhaps time @Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson keeps her feet on the ground and remembers her surname isn't Turner!

  • Loo - 2012-05-04 13:27

    YES . .was afraid the DA would tear her speech apart first hand no doubt. If I was going to talk s*it . I also would not want someone there that knows the truth - Pathetic

      Loo - 2012-05-04 13:28

      Same reason the ANC politicians don't want to do live debates in general

      Sharon - 2012-05-04 13:49

      @ Loo - maybe the selfsame reason I have NEVER seen JZ in a debate. He normally sends Gwede or Mac to speak on his behalf. I, for one, would love to see Helen and Jacob lock horns...

      Loo - 2012-05-04 13:57

      @Sharon will be a humiliating affair should the ANC ever allow it. Zille will take him apart and they know it. Zille btw has asked many a times for this to happen

  • Nell - 2012-05-04 13:31

    The cancer that is politics and racism...'nough said!

  • Bill - 2012-05-04 13:31

    So this is how a true democracy works? Smacks of Hitler, Stalin and Mao where dissenting voices were silenced - forever. Is this the next step?

  • anneline.duplessis1 - 2012-05-04 13:33

    Who does she thinks she is? Insecure and uncapable Minister in any case!

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-05-04 13:40

    Yes tumisung keep telling your self that.if it makes u feel better :)

  • Bzeng - 2012-05-04 13:40

    Minister afraid of DA.. What the hell!!! I see Zille's force frightens ministers

  • Bob - 2012-05-04 13:45

    Arrogance without brains...! This is what you get when you have fools in office!

  • Judith - 2012-05-04 13:47

    She is appoint to serve us and that means everyone. Frankly her behaviour is beyond precious and she should be removed, as she is not contributing to the agricultural communities and she's messing about with fishing.

      Mark - 2012-05-04 13:53

      She is behaving like Dr Beetroot ("don't call me Mantho!").

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-04 13:51

    Ooo! I am so important! It is always only about me and me and me and my party. We are having such a glorious time. What people?

  • Tc - 2012-05-04 13:51

    Pathetic ANC clowns!

  • neels.swart.7 - 2012-05-04 13:53

    Who the hell does she think she is

  • Glyn - 2012-05-04 13:53

    anc = arrogance Viva la Press Club!

      George - 2012-05-04 16:48


  • Marion - 2012-05-04 13:58

    Joemat-Pettersson's spokesperson Rams Mabote said he could not understand why the club took exception to the minister's reaction. Question is why did Joemat-Pettersson take exception to a member of the Press Club being at a Press Club function?

  • Shirley - 2012-05-04 14:00

    Arrogant,incompetant and flying against everything the constitution stands for! Now we see first hand the "intelligence" running the country! Good for Mr Yusaf Abramjee!!!

  • Paul - 2012-05-04 14:12

    Here we go again! cant get the info bill passed so now they pass their own censorship rules, Abramjee congrats and well said! by the way has any one actually heard her speak in public "its embarrising man I tell you"LoL! well will they learn that to speak on a open forum is there duty as elected politicians by the people for the people! that's democracy!

  • Mark - 2012-05-04 14:12

    van Dalen has her measure. He has shown her up before, like when she wanted to move the Fisheries HQ from Cape Town to Pretoria!

  • Genet - 2012-05-04 14:18

    Mr.Pressly has hit the nail on the head."an elected politician and servant of the entire electorate ". The entire problem of this government is that they do not realise or understand that they are a SERVANT of the electorate. So wish somehow they could get that into their heads.

  • Barker - 2012-05-04 14:21

    Exactly the same as "I will not take part in your annual charity golf day at xyz golf course because A N Other of Spit and Polish political party is a member there."

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-05-04 14:22

    The only thing this woman has in common with agriculture is pigsh|t. She is as thick as it.

  • Rob - 2012-05-04 14:27

    Tina Tina Tina.... You may be 49 years old but you act like you're 9 years old. It's people like you that ensure stagnation of progress in this country. Give yourself a pat on the back for being immature while the rest opf the country wants to slap your face.

      Kenny - 2012-05-04 15:54

      Hey Rob! Leave the kids out of it! We all know Tina and the ANC are retarted!

  • johan.dekock.9 - 2012-05-04 14:30

    Foeitog... Scared of one DA member ? Can't take the heat ??

  • Jeffrey - 2012-05-04 14:52

    Wish I could be surprised. Yet another example of petulant bad manners

  • Jannie - 2012-05-04 14:58

    Another useless Kader. Enjoy, it will not last much longer.

  • Jannie - 2012-05-04 15:01

    What a shameless woman. Minister's ars! Sickening. What does she know about agriculture anyway? I will tell you, NOTHING AT ALL. I am truely ashame to be a South African these days.

  • Freddie - 2012-05-04 15:09


  • sewsexy - 2012-05-04 15:51

    How DISGUSTING - shame on you??? You do not deserve to be in the position that you hold - as a politician you are there to serve EVERYONE, regardless of which political party they affiliated to - WOW the arrogance !!!! To be expected though !!!

  • Kenny - 2012-05-04 15:56

    DA 10000000000000000000000 - ANC 0! Please SA wake up and vote for the right party next time.

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-05-04 16:01

      Dream on Sir...

      Malavi10 - 2012-05-04 16:12

      If u can remove 1 in front of all those zero's that will be a chance the DA have to govern this country.

  • Malavi10 - 2012-05-04 16:03

    I love a Woman of Power...You go Minister! Sometimes we Men need to know our place!

  • julie.fouldien - 2012-05-04 16:04

    I personally think that some of these comments are based on biased emotions. Address the situation at hand. Yes she acted unprofessionally -end of story- but this is on a platform to slander the name of her employers. This Lady made the wrong decision by allowing personal matters to interfere with a work and she might be using or playing the politic card, wrongfully.

      anne.crewe - 2012-05-04 18:55

      For heavens sake ... Grow up!

  • Jeremy - 2012-05-04 16:04

    She was probably going to say things that we either untrue or partially so but couldn't do it in front of someone who knew her brief as well as she did.

  • George - 2012-05-04 16:45

    Again, govnmnt ignoring its own rules. A lesson for the Minister: Batho Pele Principle 4: COURTESY - Don't accept insensitive treatment. The Principle: You should be treated with courtesy and consideration.

  • Chris - 2012-05-04 17:08

    Tiny minded Tina!

  • Erna - 2012-05-04 18:39

    And this minister and her compatriotes are the so-called leaders that our children are supposed to look up to! No wonder the country is falling apart.

  • Tony - 2012-05-04 19:12

    The press club should have told her to take her bodyguards and leave. Somebody should explain to the ANC that their salaries are mostly paid by people who vote DA!

  • Johnson - 2012-10-08 18:59

    Common sense, the one attribute lacking in the so-called leadership of a country like its airline loosing its momentum due to the populist believe that ruling a country is rather getting something in return than showing strength to lead us to the dream nation everybody had on their lips not so long ago. One failure after another, one more newspaper reporting on corruption, where ever they are deployed in the name of affirmative action. Killings day by day like we saw in Libya and recently in Syria, Africans employ the one the simplest rule they know best - even if you are an employee not participating in their strike action or to simply remove a political opponent. The country has become a leader in the world of statistic's, not for our ability to govern or educate, but for our ability to kill and destroy, to the extend that even foreigners come here if they want somebody removed. After all you don't have to look hard to find a killer, here we do it over a pay dispute.