NCOP denies journalists chased from meeting

2012-04-18 21:23

Johannesburg - The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has denied reports that journalists were chased out of an oversight meeting in a Limpopo municipality on Wednesday.

"There was a part of the meeting that was open, and they were asked to leave for the closed-door section later," NCOP spokesperson Foster Mohale said.

"Afterwards we spoke to the journalists, and some were allowed to do interviews with the delegates."

Earlier on Wednesday, SABC news reported that journalists covering the oversight visit in the Ba-Phalaborwa municipality were "chased" out of the meeting.

Mopani district Mayor Joshua Matlou and Ba-Phalaborwa municipality Mayor Anna Sono were reportedly about to address residents at the meeting about alleged unauthorized expenditure in the district, amounting to over R50m.

  • TheVern69 - 2012-04-18 21:36

    Please put headmine this boderlines UK usless news! Just my opinion ofcourse,yet I can think yoy can publish better information than this ;-)

  • Chad - 2012-04-18 21:56

    Please could a news 24 reporter clarify.... or does news 24 only report in the third person???

  • tobydt - 2012-04-18 22:05

    Whats with these 'closed meetings' bullsh1t?

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-04-18 22:33

    The whole red juicy looking Apple has so many worms rotting it from the inside.. Something will eventually give.. So, so SAD! \r\n\r\nThere's enough sunshine for every law abiding citizens.. Why dump us good ol' tax payers in the darn hell hole of darkness and debt, then throw smoke screens to cover the sunshine??

  • Sean - 2012-04-18 22:50

    Only 50 mil !!!!!!!!!!! F@cken criminals !!

      mariuskowie - 2012-04-19 08:39

      What do you call a municipal officer that steals R50 Mil? -- A dumb thief -- He should have stolen R500 Mil.

  • Fanie - 2012-04-18 23:24

    I would also chase out journalists if I spent over 50mil without authority. The ANC do not learn from their mistakes; do not take on journalists because they have a funny way of always geting to the thruth.

  • Rodney - 2012-04-18 23:34

    Hard as it may be to accept, all councils have an "open" session and a "closed"session. This is to try to minimise the time spent on any particular item on the agenda and does not concern the public in general and does not therefore warrant their attendance. This is worldwide and was ever thus, even in SA pre '94. No conspiracy behind the cloesed meeting. doesn't mean they aren't trying to hide their corruption though.

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