UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

ANC UNDERMINES PARLIAMENTARY OVERSIGHT

STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY

The ANC aided and abetted by its partner in government, the IFP, abused its majority to squash a request that National Commissioner of Police, Jackie Selebi, should appear before Parliament's Safety and Security Committee. The request was made following claims by James Nkambule, the main source for the Mbeki-plot investigation according to Minister Tshwete, that Selebi provided him with a listening device.

Nkambule further claims that he reported to an unregistered intelligence agency operating from within ANC headquarters, and that they later referred him to National Commissioner Selebi.

Two issues need to be clarified by the National Commissioner. Firstly, whether he did have the required court order for such surveillance, in line with the constitutional right to privacy. Secondly, the fact that Nkambule dmits that he was referred by an unregistered ANC intelligence agency to Selebi. This claim directly contradicts the categorical statement by Tshwete that the ANC did not in any way instigate the Mbeki-plot investigation.

The ANC/IFP argument that the media should not determine the agenda of the Parliamentary Safety and Security Committee, and therefore we should wait for the Mbeki-plot investigation to be finalised and Tshwete to report back to the Committee, is complete hogwash. The media is after all one of the primary watchdogs in a democracy. Possible politically motivated action by Selebi would be a direct contravention of the Constitution, and justifies the Safety and Security Committee's immediate scrutiny. In addition it would serve as further proof of abuse of power by the ANC government. Once again, Parliament is being undermined and sidelined by the ANC in its frantic efforts to hide its abysmal failures.

Enquiries:
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security
082 - 557 4184

Cape Town
9 May 2001