SA govt: No comment on WikiLeaks

2010-11-29 13:01

Cape Town - The South African government on Monday refused to comment on the publication of documents by whistleblower website WikiLeaks.

The website leaked hundreds of thousands of US embassy cables - with the first batch of it published on Sunday by global media.

In it, it was revealed that International Relations and Co-operations Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane referred to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a “crazy old man”.

When contacted by News24 for comment, international relations spokesperson Saul Molobi said: “It is the policy of this government not to comment on leaks.”

Government spokesperson Vusi Mona was unavailable for comment.

Meanwhile, EWN reported on Monday that some of the other secret US files due to be published might contain strong criticism of Nelson Mandela.

The documents will apparently show that Mandela suggested that former US president George W Bush had ignored calls by the United Nations for restraint on the Iraq war because the former UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, was black.

The files will also show that Mandela referred to ex-British prime minister Tony Blair as the US’s foreign minister because he supported the war on Iraq.

Wikileaks has already revealed that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela helped US officials gain access to her then husband before the 1994 elections.

The ANC said through its spokesperson, Ishmael Mnisi, that “it has no feelings” regarding the leaks. 

  • Made_In_SA - 2010-11-29 13:13

    No comment for two reasons 1) They have no clue what it is all about. 2) They scared somebody will start AandC leaks..

      j.malemmer - 2010-11-29 13:35

      There is no Pedi word for leaks!

      Allin - 2010-11-29 13:51

      Couldn't agree more! LOL

      robertgunning - 2010-11-29 14:09

      I think you may be on to something there.... Maybe we should start a South African governmental leaks website. With the new media tribunal and secrecy bill we will need someone to look after the interests of free reporting and whistle blowing.

      SymbolOfLife - 2010-11-29 15:20

      Exactly what I thought when I hard the news...have no clue what this wiki-whateva is about...

      Makutu - 2010-11-29 18:19

      There is a pedi word for leaks idiot.

      t3rminatr - 2010-11-29 19:02

      Sarcasm, idiot...

      shmangle - 2010-11-30 07:40

      Well, I doubt there's a pedi word for "wiki"

  • MP3 - 2010-11-29 13:13

    Mostly frivolous tidbits of useless information. Trust the newspapers to turn this into a tabloid type fiasco.

      masterjane007 - 2010-11-29 13:54

      Have to agree. I read some of the so-called leaks and it is all hogwash. Bunch of rubbish that means nothing all blown out of proportion to gain publicity. Given that newspapers and -agencies generally have little else to say about anything, they grab on to this nonsense and sensationalise it.

      Badnews - 2011-02-19 18:33

      Hi MP, well the only way I could think winnie helped access to her "then" husband was to hand him the phone, he was free long before '94. I say winkie leaks, what a bunch of wankers - looking for advertising revenue is all it's about.

  • j.malemmer - 2010-11-29 13:34

    “crazy old man" what an compliment.

      Allin - 2010-11-29 13:49

      I never realised any ANC minister had that much insight...

      Maleo - 2010-11-29 14:14

      They sometimes have their bright moments...

  • za101 - 2010-11-29 13:39

    reports wikileaks : malema is spy for us gov

  • Siphelele - 2010-11-29 13:39

    Come on news24. you are better than this

  • demorgue - 2010-11-29 13:46

    ANC still busy helping ANCYL to close down twitter - thats of much higher importance to thes twits in government

  • masterjane007 - 2010-11-29 13:52

    Yeah we know the ANC has no feelings.

  • lawson.ryno - 2010-11-29 13:59

    there is nothing new about this info. we all know bob is crazy from the syphillis, that nelsons call to stop the iraq invadesion fell on deaf ears and that tony blair was the us foreign minister. oh and that winnie was corrupt. seems like someones stirring the pot. please find more up to date news

      jamiejameso - 2010-11-29 14:22

      I agree with lawson. Nothing new about any of this. So what is all the fuss about? Media hype?

  • agas - 2010-11-29 14:05

    Media worldwide are running out of ideas and stories, they're all the same ......... sensationalists ! News24 ??

  • MetalCut - 2010-11-29 14:09

    No comment..... LOL just shows you how slow these dumb idiots are..... they will probably comment in 2 months haha, no wonder SA is behind in everything.

  • Monde - 2010-11-29 14:10

    why should S.A comment on this matter? once again media making something out of nothing!

  • Crispy_Duck - 2010-11-29 14:13

    What...Nelson Mandela pulling the race life is shattered...

      bbmjames24 - 2010-11-29 14:59

      LMAO!!!! Shocking news breaking story.

      j.malemmer - 2010-11-29 16:08

      The Seagull's name was Nelson! I'm more interested if we're going to get a public holiday when the Seagull die.

  • nickcallery1 - 2010-11-29 14:17

    The whole wikileaks saga is a lot of crap devised by the americans with a horde of scriptwriters and 'leaked' onto their own website created to cause turmoil around the globe. The stupid americans need to start another war (which they can lose just like every other time) so as to keep their 'aura' of being a world power. They started the nonsense with North Korea by planning war games in a sensitive area so as to provoke China. Do they really think they can take on China? Please someone tell them that Rambo, Chuck Norris and all the other heroes have retired. If the leaked documents were genuine would some diplomats heads not have rolled by now? Are we really supposed to believe that Saudi Arabia would backbite Iran? Stupid hollywood america.

      ariphotah - 2010-11-29 14:41

      Wikileaks is an intelligence operation to weaken and undermine the American government, orchestrated from Tel Aviv, using dozens of operatives, dual citizens, some at the highest authority levels, spies for Israel. Through leaking carefully selected intelligence along with proven falsified documents, all fed to a controlled press, fully complicit, Wikileaks is, in fact, an act of war against the United States. Gordon Duff

      savage182 - 2010-11-29 15:25

      thats right.Lets gets Juju Norris to close down wikileaks.....

      j.malemmer - 2010-11-29 16:10

      I'm looking forward to the cable indicating 9/11 was also an US act! Just a question of time.

  • Wow! - 2010-11-29 14:23

    Seems to me all the statements are true - what is there to comment on? Nkoane-Mashabane is a diplomat.

  • Fred - 2010-11-29 14:24

    Anybody got contacts in Wikileaks? Maybe we can ask them to leak the details on the SA Arms Corruption Scandal so we can at least know who was involved !!!!!

  • U1 - 2010-11-29 14:24

    Wiki, what is that wiki? If they don't even know what the Dusi is, what are the chances they will ever know what is wiki?

      StoneThrower - 2010-11-29 15:56

      hey clever, mind telling us what "koma" means or how about musangwe". after you are done with google, then rate yourself teh same as Malema or ANCYL. you cannot assume that peole know everything on earth and those that dont know certain things are stupid

  • Ammie - 2010-11-29 14:29

    Would love to hear the pre 1994 stories

  • Bman_01 - 2010-11-29 14:59

    Check this 1 out

  • Bman_01 - 2010-11-29 15:18

    Heres a wiki leak on Zimbabwe

      StoneThrower - 2010-11-29 16:08

      find us something about Apartheid wont you> some of whiteys still believe that it never happended

  • Anarchist - 2010-11-29 16:28

    No As they are to thick skinned. They are more worried about trying to destabilise the Western Cape for the future Elections claiming bad service delivery and bad metro cops while in the ANC controlled provinces things are falling apart Robert McBride the chief of the metro being charged Pretoria metro notoriously corrupt with jhb not even talking about Crazy daisy Malema

  • Kisha - 2010-11-30 14:35

    You know, a Governments mandate, when elected is to look after the countries interests. This does not mean hiding all the information about mismanageent and corruption from the electorate. The government is answerable to the people of the country, this information belongs to the people and therefore they have a right to read it.

  • Digit - 2010-12-02 12:16

    .... all BS ..... until the ANC planned genocide document drops ........

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