Politicians roasted at info bill hearing

2012-01-31 14:11

Cape Town - Politicians were roasted in Gugulethu, outside Cape Town, at public hearings on the draft protection of state information bill on Tuesday.

Lungiswa Somlota said a lack of knowledge among people about the proposed law had revealed a wide gap between people and their elected officials.

"We don't know this bill," she told MPs on the National Council of Province's ad hoc committee that is holding hearings into the draft law.

"The gap between us and our elected representatives is very wide. The connection is not there," she said.

The event at the Gugulethu sport complex was attended by about 300 people.

Somlota, reading from notes written in a black diary, said the bill was not an ordinary one because it had a "deep" impact on people.


"It has very crucial elements. We should never take our access to information for granted. We are being betrayed by those supposed to lead and feed our tummies."

At one point, committee chair Raserti Tau had to ask speakers to refrain from talking about service delivery issues.

"Please don't talk about service delivery, please."

Matilda Groepe shouted into a roving microphone that if politicians had nothing to hide, there would not have been a need for a secrecy bill.

She asked what would happen if someone were ever a victim of police brutality.

"They will say it is none of your business, there is protection of state information. I don't feel honoured to have MPs here. They should engage with us at grass roots before passing laws like this."

Outside the complex, Stanley Nzwane, a trolley pusher and cleaner in his 50s, shook his head when asked about the bill.

"Politicians, they are all without God," he said.

"All of them. They don't care what we say."

  • Ben - 2012-01-31 14:21

    People are beginning to realise that politicians neither do or mean what they say. A good sign.

  • Herman - 2012-01-31 14:24

    Gestapo, Apartheid laws, Stasi, anc criminal regime......all the same

  • Chrono - 2012-01-31 14:24

    "They don't care what we say", but come election time we vote them in again.

      Petro - 2012-01-31 14:32

      Who is your "we"?

      Brad.Kopping - 2012-01-31 14:47

      just dont blame us whites when your precious cANCer screws you over again.

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-31 14:25

    What a let down! When I read the headline, I thought we were finally doing something positive about our politicians. I had visions of burning some at the stake.

  • Sinudeity - 2012-01-31 14:28

    Yeah! F*** your bill!

      CdeSganja - 2012-01-31 14:31

      No vulgar here Mlondolozi, mind your language.

      braamc - 2012-01-31 14:49

      @CdeSganja - GFY

      CdeSganja - 2012-01-31 14:54

      @braamc hey young man why are you crying?

      Hotkop - 2012-01-31 15:41

      @CdeSganja - GFY

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-31 17:13

      @Cde Shyte4brainsSganga, u smoke to much weed to have a brain left!

  • Newsmonger - 2012-01-31 14:30

    I liked this good too see people starting to realise what the elected are actually doing for them, squat! This tends to lend itself to oppertunity for other parties to come to the party, namely the DA. For once the ANC have been seen for their ugly selves - the bill stands to protect their corrupt ways without the masses knowing how they are squandering money and not assisting where they had promised.

  • willybegood - 2012-01-31 14:33

    Thats not a roast... this is a roast. But you have to admit politicians grow on you... like a tumor. Julius Malema has a speech impediment... its called "his foot" Jacob Zuma has a noble purpose in life... to serve as a warning to other. Floyd Shivambu has his head so far up his rear end he can chew his food again on the way down. Dlamini-Zuma has a face of a saint.... a Saint Bernard Jacob Zuma isn't the kind of person to talk about you behind your back. He'll stab you there, but he'll never talk about you there. Just ask Julius. Lindiwe Sisulu's wig is so ugly, it makes onions cry. Tony Leon once called a suicide hotline after the DA's dismal performance in the 99 elections. They told him he was doing the right thing. Kulabusa Zuma once jumped up and made the CD player skip... at the radio station. Helen Zille once looked out the window after she had botox treatment... and got arrested for mooning. Vavi once sent an order for sushi back, complaining it was under-cooked. Tony Erenreigh started out with nothing... he still has most of it left. He used to be arrogant and obnoxious, but now he's just the opposite: he's obnoxious and arrogant

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-31 14:53

      good laugh, cheers

      TJ - 2012-01-31 15:17

      The one about Floyd Shivambu is the funniest by far. I can just picture it. LMAO. Thanks for cheering up my day.

  • Sonnyjakes - 2012-01-31 14:40

    Where is Ettiene today? Supporting his cronies at the hearing?

  • Werner - 2012-01-31 14:41

    Instead of everybody saying their say on the Web, could we please go so far as to communicate same via mediums that are visible to all and carry the message with wrath and vengance. The ruling party does not care about whether we like their proposal or not, yet when we damage their property like their voters do, than you seek attention. There is no place in SA for silent diplomacy anymore!!!!

      willybegood - 2012-01-31 15:09

      i went to my medium, she is visible in her fancy caravan on the main road. I crossed her palms with some coin and asked her to give me guidance with regard to the politicians in South Africa. She said "Sonny, if they ever tax intelligence, most politicians will get a hefty rebate" Sorry Werner, I couldn't resist...hehehehe

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-31 14:50

    Woohoo, people at grass roots level are getting the message, question is, are the MP's and the other bastards that want this bill enforced to protect their corrupt dealings?

  • Jymiro - 2012-01-31 14:56

    Lets stop dreaming. I warned everyone here that the ANC will rule for ever as long as commentators here are showing the signs of racism and ant black and yaening for the old days of apartheid. We must first learn to leave with our Black brothers and sisters and accept them as South Africans. That learning can take upto 20 years.

      Scouter - 2012-01-31 15:28

      'We must first learn to leave with our Black brothers and sisters'. I've invited one or two & some of them are actually thinking about it :-)

  • Con - 2012-01-31 15:01

    "..those who are supossed to lead and feed our tummies". Not quite madam, should be "..those who are supposed to administer the country and enable us to feed our tummies."

  • baloyi.leonard - 2012-01-31 15:53

    ANC is the same as the Apartheid regime, these politicians are not doing anything for the country except feeding their big bellies

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-31 17:16

      The only differences between the Apartheid Nats and the ANC is the levels of transparency, that is why the ANC want this bill past, so they can carry on screwing us proper!

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-31 17:19

    Without God, now there is one great truth.

  • frank.hartry - 2012-01-31 19:24

    SO THE SMELLY POLITICIANS ARE " ALL WITHOUT GOD". I love that. So true. Even a trolley pusher is not fooled by these disgusting politicians of South Africa who are obviously only out to enrich themselves and to hell with the poor people of South Africa.

  • Raul - 2012-01-31 20:49

    An egg or should I say a few dozen eggs on their faces. It just shows how these politicians miscalculated people.Even the poor have some pride and they certainly have sense. Even though they might not have been able to afford academic qualifications they are not stupid and will not be be bull s....ed by s..t heads.

  • Schalk - 2012-02-07 08:45

    Why do they hold it in Guguletu; because they know white people won't go there because of the crime in those areas. Typical manipulation! When the day comes that this government is run as effectively as when they go about mainupulating and deceiving the very people that put them in power, we will live in paradise!

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