Stop media leaks, Eastern Cape ANC urges

2013-02-11 22:34

Johannesburg - ANC members and leaders must stop leaking information about confidential discussions at meetings to the media, its Eastern Cape branch said on Monday.

This affected the ANC's credibility and did not help the people who leaked the information either, provincial chairperson Phumulo Masualle said in a statement during a four-day provincial lekgotla.

"All comrades deployed by the ANC must refrain from unnecessary public spats but show leadership work together to address any issue," he said.

The ANC had to work "hard and smart" to make sure service delivery backlogs were urgently addressed.

Provincial treasurer Thandiswa Marawu told the Dispatch Online that ANC members in several Eastern Cape municipalities would soon be "redeployed".

He said the lekgotla had accepted recommendations to "redeploy comrades" in municipalities where political infighting was compromising service delivery.

"Service delivery is often compromised, not necessarily because there’s no budget, but due to infighting. By the end of March we want to solve those problems."

Marawu mentioned Buffalo City and Nelson Mandela as among the "hotspot" municipalities.

Others were Mnquma in Butterworth, Mbashe in Dutywa, King Sabata Dalindyebo in Mthatha, Mbizana and Port St Johns.

Masualle said the under-expenditure of government budgets, especially of the municipal infrastructure grant, had been raised as a critical issue and something which the party would not tolerate.

"The ANC remains committed to serving the people of the Eastern Cape and time for numerous meetings is over because we can't meet all the time. It is now time for government to deliver on the agreed programmes," he said.

The party would no longer tolerate members who prioritised personal interests at the expense of the poor.

  • willie.olivier.144 - 2013-02-11 22:46

    The walls of Jericho is coming down!

      lownabester - 2013-02-12 00:16

      But dont let the people know, There will always be leaks and we need it. They are so devious,

  • KEN_E - 2013-02-12 00:48

    #It is now time for government to deliver on the agreed programmes# Really? After 18+ years? You think???

  • pieter.visser.9883 - 2013-02-12 04:11

    The essence of credibility, is the ability to do things openly, honestly and with the needed diligence. So how can hiding things from the public improve the ANC's credibility...stupid statement!

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2013-02-12 05:25

    The truth is coming out and the ANC IS RUNNING SCARED.

  • Strikeback - 2013-02-12 06:25

    Rather stop saying and doing things that you dont want others to hear! You are elected by the people for the people and not by the people for self enrichment and corruption. If we the people, are not allowed to hear what you say and see what you do, then why do we need you? For too long now has politicians, once elected, turned into secret agents who think "it is better if the electorate do not know what we do for them". Wake up! You work for us - we must be kept informed. Only stupid people will allow their servants to do as they please and accept that the servants can plan how to serve in secret. And before you get all exited and blame me off seeing you as cheap labour etc. I am reffering to the term "Public Servant".

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2013-02-12 06:37

    You can use 'work hard and smart' in the same sentence as ANC.....

  • themba.thwala.775 - 2013-02-12 06:50

    What credibility? The ANC has long lost its credibility.

  • johan.steyn.127 - 2013-02-12 07:15

    So that you and you corupt comrates can get away with steeling our hard earned money or you scared it shows that you are to stupid to do your work? The media must expose all of the lying and corupt goverment maybe the voters eyes will open.

  • stephen.king.900 - 2013-02-12 07:15

    The anc must work hard and smart. Thats a laugh they dont know how to spell hard and smart

  • Andrew M - 2013-02-12 07:19

    Had these government departments being doing a reliable and good job, no leaks would be necessary, remember the people who pay their salaries have a right to know the state of the country good or bad. But alas these days most is unfortunately bad.

  • wimpy.vanderwesthuizen - 2013-02-12 07:26

    then the party must get rid of all there top members if thy will not tolerate corruption

  • paul.kershaw.18 - 2013-02-12 08:28

    I dont feel the word "comrades" and "work hard and smart" should appear together in the same article. Doesn't compute properly.

  • terence.wessels - 2013-02-12 08:32

    Yes please stop telling everyone about all our corruption and scheming. People find out and we get a bad name??? What? Really? Not let's stop corruption. Let's hide what we are doing better. Hell, we are in so much crap with these criminals in charge. Lord help us.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-12 09:39

    Affected the ANC's credibility?. What credibility?

  • markjack.deppe - 2013-02-12 10:11

    Don't let the people[electorate] know. Keep our dirty washing for ourselves. That way we are guaranteed another term in office because come election time we will only tell the electorate the 'good' the ANC has been doing. Stupid group of embiciles, all of them. Rotten to the core, from top to bottom.

  • suffer.kate.9 - 2013-02-12 19:40

    This affected the ANC's credibility and did not help the people who leaked the information either, Oh really! Credibility and ANC can never be used in the same sentence. You can only affect something which actually exists. As for it not helping the people who leaked information. As for it not helping the one who leaked the info, well we all know what guilt and spite can do, so why bother with the subliminal warning.

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