Govt communicators warn on leaks

2011-03-24 22:23

Johannesburg - Government communicators have warned that "steps will be taken" against those who engage in the "abhorrent" practice of leaking information from confidential meetings.

Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said government communicators had made the resolution at a meeting in Pretoria on Thursday.

"The communicators strongly and collectively deplored what they believe is an abhorrent practice, observed over the past few weeks, that involves the leaking of information from confidential meetings," Manyi said,

"The meeting cautioned those responsible for the leaks that their actions constitute misconduct and that steps will be taken to safeguard the confidentiality of internal staff meetings."

Manyi said the communicators had "expressed worry" that they may no longer be able to speak freely in meetings if the actions of those who leaked information about confidential meetings continued.

The meeting also called on journalists who relied on the leaks not to allow themselves to be "co-opted" by "a few ill-disciplined elements".

  • Geoff - 2011-03-24 22:43

    Governemnts are for the people, by the people. Doesn't that mean that government meetings should be for the people?

      Meanleader - 2011-03-25 12:41

      Manki is a bit of a joke . Next they gonna be warning about leaking info on corruption . Erhm... sorry I forgot , they already did that , trying to muzzle the press with criminal legislation (press tribunal) . Nature is so predictable innit ?

  • croix - 2011-03-24 22:58

    Sure Jimbo - I'll bet there must be a whole host of things you bloody agent hyenas would rather keep under wraps, hey? TRANSPARENCY, my son, TRANSPARENCY!

      Tc - 2011-03-25 06:31

      I see it is Racist Manyi that made the statements. Does he want to keep his Racist ANC-plans covered-up?

  • Wishbone - 2011-03-24 23:09

    The truth will out!

  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-25 00:17

    Govt communicators warn on leaks - i really had hoped the Government communicators had stopped taking the piss.

  • IBI - 2011-03-25 04:58

    Why now? It has been standard practice since 1994. All of a sudden someone "of name" got a red face. The machinary has always been there to smack someone on the wrist for leaking info. They (that famous "they") must be scared they would be killed for divulging sensitive information. Watch the murder and robbery space guys.

  • Kenneth - 2011-03-25 06:13

    Lol time to cover up the scandals before the election - if you can.

  • Tc - 2011-03-25 06:29

    Becoming more and more Stalinist? Probably to be expected now that the SACP and Cosatu have taken over what was left of the ANC.

  • CygnusX1 - 2011-03-25 06:55

    Blow it out your poop-shute Manji, what are you trying to hide from the general public? The public have a right to know (See our Constitution!) and one way or the other you and your "comrades'" doings will be exposed.

  • Badballie - 2011-03-25 07:17

    JUST because the boys at Luthuli House want it to be waterproof, don't mean we ain't going to ensure some leaks. Every South African is honour bound to protect and look after the interests of his/her neighbour, The days of Government covering its tracks and abusing its residents are long gone my furry friends. Dictatorship or as its more commonly known "African Democracy" cannot be allowed to contaminate this country.

  • gizzy - 2011-03-25 07:31

    The only thing that leaks is their grey matter through their noses!!!!!

  • Freelance Writer - 2011-03-25 07:35

    It's called whistle blowing and without it the ANC would be free to loot the country completely.

  • tiotudg - 2011-03-25 07:52

    Laat die lekke floreer, on soek deursigtigheid.

  • sessisie - 2011-03-25 08:02

    Conspiracies? Why all this secrecy by public officials?

  • wmutahi - 2011-03-25 08:16

    There you go running your mouth again Manyi. The government and those who occupy government offices are servants of the people. The government should not censor any information from the public, unless there are underground dealings that are not in the interest of the public. I have to say if the likes of Manyi are the ones to steer this country forward, it's a total screw up.

  • one-way - 2011-03-25 08:27

    Cover up for insider trading on tenders to be released??

  • Smaal - 2011-03-25 08:28

    Define "speak freely"...

      Melly30 - 2011-03-25 09:26

      How would they know??!!!

  • Livhuwani - 2011-03-25 09:13

    why must we be displined ,Jimmy doesnnt understand Government communications,maybe Black Managemen t Forum , by commenting about colourds people

  • mnbain - 2011-03-25 09:49

    What information could you possibly want to hide from the electorate? What happened to transparency? Gosh SA is pulling an Animal Farm BIG TIME.

  • Badger - 2011-03-25 09:55

    Sounds like some people are worried that their synister plans will come to the fore. This is why the people are loosing trust in goverment. Was this how the arms deal scandal also leaked. I wish wiki leaks will reveal more of our corrupt goverment.

  • exocist - 2011-03-25 12:47

    as long as their is money there will be leaks idiot

  • Russell Dunbar - 2011-03-25 14:28

    Gee,what are they hiding from us this time?Paraniod,perhaps

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-25 16:24

    The only "confidential" meetings of government are those which deal directly with national security. All the others should be open to public scrutiny, as government officials are our employees. We should know everything that they do and say.

  • Nkabinde - 2011-03-26 23:45

    let there be not even a single person lost,injured nor killed from those private/confidential meetings,what are you talking about that the public that ellected you in those positions should not know;remember one bathu-pili are there for us so be open.

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