AS IT HAPPENED: Parliament has no appetite to intimidate journalists

2017-02-08 16:04

Parliament says it wants journalists to feel comfortable to report on the SONA, despite the deployment of SANDF members.


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President is the head of state – includes the three arms of government, says Mbete

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Parliament has no appetite to intimidate journalists

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We want a media that is comfortable to report without fear or favour

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Thandi Modise: I only became aware of the letter the president has sent over the weekend

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Mbete: We expect that tomorrow, thongs will go on as normal

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“We do not anticipate media personnel to be stopped,” says Baleka Mbete about concerns that journalists may be harassed at SONA

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Parliamentary briefing putting on a brave face to explain the deployment of troops ahead of SONA

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SONA cannot be bogged down by the issues that apply only to one House

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SONA is President’s agenda – there is no other item on the agenda for that day, says Thandi Modise

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Thandi Modise says: We want to maintain the people’s parliament. We will continue to guard that space very jealously.

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We have not given any instruction for police to run amok in the precinct of Parliament

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Parliament cannot explain why the president chose 441 soldiers in 2017

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The SANDF will not be deployed within the parliamentary precinct and the City of Cape Town unless there is a calamity during the State of the Nation Address, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has said.

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The South African Defence Force will not be deployed within the precincts of Parliament and the Chamber.

The only time that may happen is when there is a threat to life and property, that is of such a nature that the South African Police cannot handle.

Their deployment in this regard will be at the request of the South African Police Services. In turn the SAPS can only act at the behest of the Presiding Officers, except in instances where there is a total breakdown of law and order that threatens life and property. - Statement from Parliament

08 Feb 16:50

Upon the request of the South African Police Services, the South African National Defence Force is sometimes deployed to support the police in exercising their safety and security function, such as the case in point.  

When such a request has been made and the President of the Republic has issued a declaratory order, it is procedural that the President advises the Speaker of the National Assembly (NA) and the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), as has occurred. - Parliamentary statement

08 Feb 16:49
We have noted with serious concern the misunderstanding that the declaratory order issued by the President, employing 441 members of the South African Defence Force to Parliament, means that the State of the Nation Address (SONA) will be under the command of the military. - Statement from Parliament

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SAPS and Parliament’s security, and not the SANDF, will provide safety and security at the opening of Parliament, the government said on Wednesday.

It made the assurance following an uproar over the deployment of 441 SA National Defence Force members to the State of the Nation Address on Thursday.

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