ANC response to reported bugging of Provincial Legislature

ANC response to reported bugging of Provincial Legislature

13 March 2002

ANC Western Cape Provincial Secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha has responded to the disclosure in Die Burger today of the discovery of bugging devices in the Provincial Legislature as follows:

"If the reports of large scale bugging and secret files on elected officials are correct, the ANC regards that as criminal. It is an invasion of personal and party privacy. The reasons for such sophisticated espionage can only be devious and undemocratic.

"These devices and reported files date from Morkelís tenure as Premier. His claimed ignorance betrays either poor control over his staff or confirms the ANCís long held suspicion that the DAís Premier was merely the DGís puppet.

"The ANC calls for a complete sweep of the Provincial Legislature and revamped security. We must allow the ANC - NNP government to get on with the work of delivery and transformation.

"The ANC supports the call for a Commission of Enquiry. Civil servants, no matter what their rank have no right to interfere in or manipulate the affairs of the legislature. The forces in our country still opposed to transformation and democracy must not be allowed to stop us from achieving the best for all our people."

For further comment, please contact:
Provincial Secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha on 082 829 7452 or Gert Witbooi on 082 570 9118.

Issued by:
African National Congress - Western Cape