ANC warns paper over 'directive' to MPs

2013-05-05 21:56
(Picture: Sapa)

(Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The office of the ANC chief whip on Sunday said it would ask the Sunday Times to retract a report about a document that was circulated, asking ANC MPs to be lenient when posing questions to ministers, so to save them from embarrassment.

The paper said the new "protocol for good practice and conduct" was distributed by the African National Congress to its whips in the National Assembly.

According to the report, part of the document read: "Questions for ministers should emanate from study groups, clusters and constituency work and should never be used to embarrass or ridicule ANC deployees."

Spokesperson for the chief whip's office, Moloto Mothapo, said the article was a "deceptive and narrow" interpretation of the information in the document.

"We are dismayed by the journalist's deliberate falsehoods, deceits and fabrications - which were published without even affording us an opportunity to respond.

"We will therefore be asking the paper for a retraction or file a complaint with the Press Ombudsman," said Mothapo.

He said it was expected of ANC MPs to ask ministers critical, constructive and substantive questions so Cabinet ministers could improve their performance.

Mothapo accused the paper of leaving out parts of the document which mentioned how ministers were expected to make themselves available to answer questions as well as to improve the quality of their answers.

The Democratic Alliance said ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga should be found in contempt of Parliament if the new protocol disempowered MPs in any way.

"This new policy runs the risk of disempowering the oversight performed by the majority of Members of Parliament, and must therefore be interrogated by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Max Sisulu," DA chief whip Watty Watson said.

He said he would ask Sisulu to investigate the matter quickly.

Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  max sisulu  |  media  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
93 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/World
 

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:

 
 

You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.