Joemat-Pettersson's conduct under fire

2012-05-04 14:20

Cape Town - Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson came under fire on Friday for her refusal to address the Cape Town Press Club in the presence of a DA shadow minister.

Her conduct was unacceptable, said two press clubs and the Democratic Alliance MP concerned, Pieter Van Dalen.

"If minister Joemat-Pettersson can't take the heat, she needs get out of the kitchen," said Van Dalen.

Cape Town Press Club chairperson Donwald Pressly said: "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."


National Press Club chairperson Yusuf Abramjee said the minister's conduct "smacks of arrogance and this nonsense must stop".

Joemat-Pettersson was invited to address a meeting of the Cape Town Press Club on Friday. She refused to speak until Van Dalen, a member of the club, left.

Van Dalen said he had been looking forward to hearing her speech as she did not often engage with the media or public.

"But when Minister Joemat-Pettersson realised I was there, she refused to continue with her address unless I left the premises."

He agreed to do so because he did not want to deny the audience the opportunity of hearing her speak, he said.

"The minister’s conduct at this morning’s event was unacceptable," said Van Dalen.

"It indicates a disregard for basic principles on which our democracy is based, such as accountable and responsive governance."

Joemat-Pettersson had allowed her personal sentiments to affect her ability to do her job, he said.

On Thursday, he called on Joemat-Pettersson to resign during the debate on her department's budget vote due to "her questionable performance over the last three years and the poor state of her department".

Van Dalen said her conduct at the Press Club was "irrational".

"I am even more resolute in my belief that the minister is unfit to hold public office".

Pressly said Joemat-Pettersson's office had accused the club of dishonesty over its guest list to the breakfast meeting.

"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," he said in a statement.

Not appropriate setting for a political debate

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 the minister's office had "no prerogative" to dictate to the club which of its members were allowed to attend its own meetings.

"Perhaps it is a case of the answers being potentially embarrassing, rather than the questions," he said.

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.

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

  • Kala - 2012-05-04 14:26

    I think Joemat-Pettersson needs to go back to her office and watch some porn.

      npretorius2 - 2012-05-04 14:42

      This is the same woman who spent R420 000 of our tax payers money on accommodation during the world cup! She is unprofessional AND a thief!! What an embarresment!

      Bryan - 2012-05-04 15:04

      Joe moer Joemat.... Lekkka by die see ne??

      Dennis - 2012-05-04 15:18

      If you want to see arrogance at it's very best, this doff Joemat-Pettersson madam thinks she is all that and a bag of spare teeth !!!

      Burtfred - 2012-05-04 15:32

      Loony-tunes Joemat and princess Sisulu coupled on the tote for self-importance.

      Nigel - 2012-05-04 16:06

      this woman is hiding something, where are all the school books Minister, the people demand education, it is our right, you had better get your act together now that you have attracted more attention to yourself.

      Gieljam - 2012-05-04 18:11

      This minister has become an embarrassment and she is past her sell by date. Her contribution so far is negligible and she has no clue whats the difference between porn and corn...

      sachasea - 2012-05-04 19:18

      I think the minister is suffering from SOUR GRAPES SYNDROME

      Slick - 2012-05-05 22:57

      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!

      Denise - 2012-05-06 11:53

      ... she also stayed in top hotels in SA 106 times between April 2009 and May 2011 — to the tune of R1,5m over a two-year period, sometimes for almost a month at a time. No different from Minister and epic freeloader Sicelo Shiceka who spent large sums on foreign travel and luxury hotels. Some of Joemat-Pettersson's hotel stays were in Pretoria itself, or in Cape Town, where she also has official residences so why did she not stay in them; does she have shares in these hotels?

  • Sharon - 2012-05-04 14:27

    DA 1 ANC 0 Well done DA!

      Georg - 2012-05-04 14:42

      This mieniestaa is going from bad to worse. More and more unaccountable and incompetend by the day.

      Erich - 2012-05-04 16:12

      I am no chauvinist pig and have immense respect for political giants such as Margaret Thatcher, Hillary Clinton and others like Mother Theresa and Emily Hobhouse. Having said this, I cannot but observe that with female Ministers/politicians like Joemat-Pettersen, Lindiwe Sisulu, Edna Molewa, Winny Mandela and a few others whose names I can't now recall, I think the ANC is insulting the fairer sex by putting them in responsible positions. I must hastily add that incompetent males in similar positions are also in abundance. There must certainly be members in the ANC that can do the job better albeit that they were not involved in the struggle.

      Gieljam - 2012-05-04 18:14

      Sharon ure a baron(es)you really know ure stuff.. just one thing was that score for cricket or soccer

  • Warren Boyd - 2012-05-04 14:34

    Probably has some sort of phobia

      Kala - 2012-05-04 14:36

      Her speeches are as boring as pig pooh. That's most likely the reason Van Dalen left.

      Glyn - 2012-05-04 15:05

      Panic attack!

  • Shirley - 2012-05-04 14:34

    Fire her! Obviously she has something to hide and no spine!

      Terry - 2012-05-04 15:11

      Shirley - if we had to fire all the cabinet ministers who had something to hide - we wouldn't have a cabinet.

      Rodney - 2012-05-04 15:23

      @ Terry, your point being?

      Shirley - 2012-05-04 15:33

      Terry: um thats the whole idea!!!!

  • Snoopy - 2012-05-04 14:34

    Clearly intimidated by the DA! Bwahahah, so funny!

  • Greg - 2012-05-04 14:34

    The average person on the street that view the country in a mess. Know that the ANC are the main culprits and the DA are just adding fuel to the fire which is not contributing to resolving the issues. They are all power hungry without worrying about the people. Typical political Tossers.

      Smile - 2012-05-04 14:41

      GREG GROW UP D&MBASS! Some people are trying to make a diffrence! Your comments are ignorant! STFU and get out!

      Loo - 2012-05-04 14:41

      Just received a speeding fine?

      Andres - 2012-05-04 14:46

      Huh Greg? Thought process still on long-weekend?

      Archie - 2012-05-04 14:52

      greg you imbecile,do you want the ANC to carry on unchallenged forever

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-04 14:56

      So your opinion, we should vote for neither....where will that leave us? As mature adults one needs to take a stand... . Yes, I see your point that politicians are a breed unto themselves...but someone will always need to run the countries affairs.

      Andres - 2012-05-04 14:56

      Greg... what on earth are you on about? EVERYONE in the real world knows politics is a dirty game. You have to chose the lesser of two evils when voting, that's it! No getting around it, no idealism or nicey-nice in politics.

      NrGx - 2012-05-04 14:59

      Greg..If you think that a DA shadow minister just attending her speech, is "fueling the fire"... I think its YOU who has the blinkers on. If ridicule and insults are your debate tactics, you are no better than her, in fact the entire anc employ the very same aforementioned tactics. Look in the mirror, whose the tosser now?

      Peter - 2012-05-04 15:11

      @ Greg: sorry, I forgot to ask: do you know how to spell 'stupid'?

      Greg - 2012-05-04 15:12

      Archie: We need a good scrap to settle this once and for all, our transition was false if you look at what is happening today. How we do it will not be with the current system that is being used as it does not work. Good alternatives are needed to oppose the ruling party and the DA is not giving the direction.

      graydon.meneses - 2012-05-04 15:20

      Greg's right in many ways. Don't get offended just because you're a DA supporter. this horse-race journalism where media reports on how each party scores cheap political points by focusing on errors from the other side gets us nowhere. And all the supporters on the ground who get outraged because their "team" lost a point then feel the need to get one back somehow. It's just a circus.

      NrGx - 2012-05-04 15:40

      @Greg...I agree to a point. DA, I believe, can do better than than just point fingers at all the wrongdoings of the anc. But who else is there?...cope (no!)...pac (er, no!) ifp (hell, no!). My point is, at the moment the DA is the wisest vote of them all!

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-05-04 15:48

      Quite sad tht the DA is seen as an alternative, unfortunately it will never be tht they will ever rule, Let them remain the alternative forever... No White Party is ever ruling Mzansi again, I thought ds was obvious, Deal with ds fact.... Madam is never setting her foot at the Union Buildings. Maybe in the next life, Gentleman isn't is too obvious????

      Smile - 2012-05-04 15:58

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - Some black people will see past Zille's white skin and vote for her! They are not racsist, nor ignorant, nor an idiot! So grow up troll!

      NrGx - 2012-05-04 16:01

      @Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - carry on with your "racist tendencies", one day, possibly sooner than you think, SA will move past the colour of skin, and YOU will be left in the dark (pardon the pun).

      NrGx - 2012-05-04 16:03

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - "isnt it obvious"... Its painfully obvious just how racist you are.

      Nigel - 2012-05-04 16:17

      @ Greg, in the 1st instance you are 1000% correct, in the 2nd you are 1000% wrong, so you are 50% right, thats got to count for something.

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-05-04 16:37

      Smile man or woman, ur spelling sucks somebody plz teach u to spell racist, ds is the second time u making the same mistake...

      Irene - 2012-05-04 17:16

      @Mtshezi ~ ROTFLMAO! You've got the cheek to criticise Smile's spelling but what does 'ds' 'ur' 'plz' mean? At least Smile is able to write a word as well as a sentence. Be careful who you point a finger at because there are 10 pointing right back at you.

      Smile - 2012-05-04 17:19

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize – I’ve quoted you here from your Facebook page: “Ds ANC & ANCYL drama "being played by men" is sickening. The Media "enemies to the revolution" is having a feast day because of it, n those opposed to the ANC are already reiterating their racially fueled question if we blacks can actually govern competently? Can decisive action be taken ASAP????” “Ds ANC & ANCYL drama "being played by men" is sickening” – Your leaders might I add are the one playing this “sickening game” (just die already!). “The Media "enemies to the revolution" is having a feast day because of it.” - Your “revolution” is nothing more a need to drain taxpayers of South Africa (both white and black) of their money; I also assume they are the enemies of your “revolution;” and that you are opposed to Freedom of Speech? “n those opposed to the ANC are already reiterating their racially fueled question if we blacks can actually govern competently.” Black can govern! Just not “racially motivated” idiots like yourself and your pitiful ANC comrades. “Can decisive action be taken ASAP???|” - YES! VOTE DA! NO MORE S&&T FROM THE ANC!

      Eric - 2012-05-04 18:19

      Greg, do you have seasons on your planet?

      Wally - 2012-05-04 19:35

      @ Mtshezi: I can understand why u say these things. Point is, it does not matter that the ANC is the ruling party - PLZ GET THAT - we need a stable and responsible governing party. We need ppl like this Minister to act with integrity and the necessary restraint where required. We need to have the govt understand they are accountable to the public of this country, not the opposition! You need to understand that as well. If you love the ANC, get the ppl mobilised to get rid of the thugs that are ruining the reputation - what is left of it - and build a stable country with a stable and viable economy. Why this hiding and shying away game? Why this eager desire to muzzle the media? Why this absolute tolerance for incompetence and downright thievery - the list goes on. Try and understand what it is all about.

  • Loo - 2012-05-04 14:35

    ID love to see the spin doctors of the ANC on this one .. Just you wait and see... mmm My prediction " Stress outburst due to her hectic schedule"

      Kala - 2012-05-04 14:42

      She was quoted out of context no doubt.

  • Smile - 2012-05-04 14:37

    "It indicates a disregard for basic principles on which our democracy is based, such as accountable and responsive governance." WELL SAID! Pieter Van Dalen. ANC should learn something of this! Dont F&%k with the DA!!! VIVA DA!

      Glyn - 2012-05-04 15:08

      Another good reason to vote DA! Ha! Ha! Vote DA! Vote van Dalen!

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-05-04 15:49

      Poor Smile.... U are quite an optimistic person I see.....!

      Smile - 2012-05-04 16:00

      Rather be a optimist than a idiot :)

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-05-04 16:33

      Smile than a idiot???? Something is wrong with this sentence did u mean to say than an idiot? Hehehehehe, u are such a low life man or woman... Just on the side what's ur gender anyway?

  • Stirrer - 2012-05-04 14:37

    A bit of advice for Ms Joemat-Petterson: Do not make enemies of people who buy ink by the barrel.

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-05-04 14:46


      Jarryd - 2012-05-04 14:47

      Well said.

      Smile - 2012-05-04 15:07

      :) BRAVO!

  • lindivr - 2012-05-04 14:40

    What is a politician doing in the PRESS club in the first place?

      Andres - 2012-05-04 14:46

      Um... because they pretty much make most of the news? So, they tend to be there often...

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-05-04 14:47

      He is member of the press club if you read the complete article you will notice that

      Terry - 2012-05-04 15:13

      Did you read the article? Don't ask stupid questions!

  • Charmaine - 2012-05-04 14:48

    ...a good politician WILL belong to the press club...surely?

  • Charmaine - 2012-05-04 14:49

    ..or is a good politician an oxymoron :-)

      Stirrer - 2012-05-04 17:01

      Most of them are both an ox AND a moron.

      Nigel - 2012-05-04 17:04

      no just a moron

      Eric - 2012-05-04 18:01

      No. There are good politicians but none of them are in the ANC

      mastersvoice - 2012-05-04 18:15

      Good politicians get majority votes.

  • revaro.winkler - 2012-05-04 14:52

    thats why the governmant wants to control certain things because this is the type of treatmant ministers are getting threw media and the da is controling the media

      Smile - 2012-05-04 14:55

      ILOLOLOLOL You dont know what you are talking about idiot!

      Tommy - 2012-05-04 14:57

      That's why the governmant wants to control certain things. This is the type of treatmant ministers get through the media, and the DA is controlling the media. Is this what you meant?

      arne.verhoef - 2012-05-04 16:04

      Sir, you are an idiot.

      Nigel - 2012-05-04 17:06

      aish, revaro don't be a silly boy now

      Eric - 2012-05-04 17:58

      Have you ever considered visiting planet Earth?

      jan.kotze.7 - 2012-11-26 19:57

      One day in the not too far distance you will swallow your words!!!!!

  • Brett - 2012-05-04 14:52

    We demand DA government in our lifetime.

      Wim - 2012-05-04 19:04

      Are you an infant?

  • Loo - 2012-05-04 14:57

    Also .. please don't tell me she stayed in a R 5000 .00 per night guest house again for this press club event

  • Fred - 2012-05-04 15:05

    Well, under the ANC we had become used to mediocrity. So her actions does not shock, it is in line with the satus quo.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-04 15:08

    It's just another unqualified Minister...who really isn't to knowledgeable on her portfolio...and became even more nervous when the DA showed up......this lady does not deserve the highly responsible position she holds or the huge salary she gets paid.

      Eric - 2012-05-04 17:55

      She wouldn't deserve a small salary either. In fact, any salary is wasted on this fool

  • jomardl - 2012-05-04 15:11

    What a petulant child... Unbelievable how petty and childish some ofour "elected" officials are.

      sachasea - 2012-05-04 23:26

      She has successfully managed to open a floodgate of scorn and derision, which is heading her way. Here it comes.

  • rickvcooper - 2012-05-04 15:12

    Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson - you disgust me.

  • Arthur - 2012-05-04 15:13

    Wow, what a cow.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-04 15:16

    How arrogant can this woman get, accepts an invite to speak at Press Club then objects to a paid up member being present. Does she also object to members in Parliament being present, I wonder? Maybe she is afraid of having to answer some questions she may not like to answer.

  • Mark - 2012-05-04 15:19

    Another day in SA of fat, slapgat, ignorant and greedy politicians trying dismally to rule the country.

  • Richard - 2012-05-04 15:27

    With Reference to Joemat Pietersons expulsion of Van Dalen from pressclub meeting -No suprize - this is normal for the ANC, -they demand people to leave meetings if they believe their lack of knowledge/ delivery will be exposed, or know they dont have the answers. As normal they only worry about themselves and not the nation.It is becoming the norm now. Top leadership gives the "direction" - obviouly the underlings will follow!!!!!!!

  • Lerato - 2012-05-04 15:28

    Keep on shadowing her Mr Shadow minister, who knows in the next lifetime you will be the minister

      Malavi10 - 2012-05-04 16:05


      Zahir - 2012-05-06 11:39

      Standard anc minister response deny lie avoid

  • Nigel - 2012-05-04 16:03

    get out you bloody agent, look what happened to Malema, maybe Joemat will be the next to eat Karma Pie

  • Malavi10 - 2012-05-04 16:25

    She must have Super Powers, she removed her shadow...things have change the baas is crying to be a shadow.

      Eric - 2012-05-04 17:50

      What are you trying to say?

      Malavi10 - 2012-05-04 18:27

      That we are in a democracy indeed and the baas(white male) has-been, now he is desperately wants to be a shadow of a (black)woman...if there are shadow ministers, then Zille is a shadow president of SA. That makes me wonder, it seems DA have more shadow voters!

      CliveK - 2012-05-05 22:22

      Don't you know what a "shadow minister" is? It's something that any genuine democracy has, but I don't think that you understand that democracy means aceepting that others might have different views to your own. Sorry to say that both your comments are meaningless, like Mtshezi's gibberish above.

  • Phillip - 2012-05-04 16:37

    The Minister sleeps hotels!.LMIMG

      Nigel - 2012-05-04 17:08

      I'm sure she sleeps with her cabinet ministers

      Irene - 2012-05-04 17:18

      Only if they're women.

  • Malavi10 - 2012-05-04 16:39

    Excuse me! So the shadow minister of finance makes an imaginary budget? I guess is better than nothing, LOL!

      CliveK - 2012-05-05 22:25

      You are clueless, pal.

  • Ro - 2012-05-04 16:39

    I think the minister like the rest of the crooks in government is a disgrace.

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-05-04 16:50

    What Joemate-Pettersson did was not only racist, but also not befitting someone "promoting" democracy. Its what you would call selective democracy. The Pressclub should have had some balls and stood up to her. Saying, "there's no room for your undemocratic tendencies here."

  • Kevin - 2012-05-04 17:01

    yes - totally infit for this position - when will the president put competent people into the civil servant posts.

      Eric - 2012-05-04 17:45

      Never - competence is not in his vocabulary at all!

  • Chris - 2012-05-04 17:03

    Tina has a tiny mind

      Eric - 2012-05-04 17:47

      There is no evidence that she has a mind at all!

  • Julie - 2012-05-04 17:34

    They would have to pay ME to listen to her talking!

  • Eric - 2012-05-04 17:42

    Truly pathetic! What a useless windbag!

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-04 18:13

    It is difficult to have respect for these ANC politicians. Very difficult.

  • Kevin - 2012-05-04 18:14

    The removal of comments exposes the bias of the censors, interesting, and noted

      Malavi10 - 2012-05-04 18:34

      Don't worry is not because u r white, mine don't last even a sec. I hope u feel better.

  • Nadia - 2012-05-04 19:03

    I think the "Kitchen" is precisely where this "Minister" belongs!

  • Pat - 2012-05-04 20:26

    Get her fired. What a joke maybe in line for a wife position

  • Patric - 2012-05-05 08:17

    minister tina joemat-pettersson is defending the indefensible - an appalling bully-boy display of arrogance. we deserve better ...

  • CliveK - 2012-05-05 09:13

    Typical ANC version of democracy. Someone needs to put this little girl back in her cot with all her toys and let her get on with her life - well out of the public domain. If the ANC is not embarrassed by this petulance and intolerance, it marks another nail in the democracy coffin in SA.

  • Esther - 2012-05-05 10:05

    Just another useless ANC cadre. Heared on radio mr van Dalen called her a 'drama queen' the previous day and that is the reason she did not want him in the meeting. This performance confirms that she indeed is a drama queen

  • Nockx - 2012-05-06 10:29

    What the deuce? If she doesn't wanna talk, that's her right not to talk. Politics are a B! €h with big b@@bs

  • Nockx - 2012-05-06 10:29

    What the deuce? If she doesn't wanna talk, that's her right not to talk. Politics are a B! €h with big b@@bs

  • Zahir - 2012-05-06 11:31

    Govt ministers prefer to avoid difficult questions as they have no clue what their depts supposed too deliver or their role

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