Views : Presidency refuses crime letters

The presidency has refused to accept 23,000 letters about crime from concerned South Africans.

Solidarity trade union deputy general secretary Dirk Hermann led a three-member delegation to Parliament to personally deliver the letters to President Jacob Zuma.

Pushing wheelbarrows containing the letters, the trio arrived at Parliament's visitor's centre - the appointed place of delivery - shortly after noon.

Hermann told the media the presidency had confirmed it would accept the letters at the visitors centre.


However, after some time and many cellphone calls to the presidency, Hermann announced the group had been instructed to take the letters to Zuma's office, Tuynhuys, inside the parliamentary premises.

They duly pushed the wheelbarrows through the parliamentary gates and across the cobbles up to Tuynhuys, through the Tuynhuys gates, right up to the door, to the delight of the photographers, cameramen and journalists covering the event.

After another lengthy wait and further cellphone calls, Hermann and his delegation were instructed by the police to take everything back to the visitor's centre, because the bundles of letters had not been scanned by security.
Back at the visitor's centre, and after more cellphone calls, Hermann announced that the presidency was now refusing to accept the letters.

Under the circumstances, he said, they had no option but to dump the letters on the steps to the centre in the hope the presidency would collect them there.

Failing that, he and his delegation would return after Zuma's reply to the debate on his state of the nation address on Tuesday afternoon to collect the letters.

Source: timeslive.co.za

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