9 July 2010
THE ANC in Mpumalanga has caused a political uproar by installing CCTV cameras outside the DA’s legislature offices.
DA leader Anthony Benadie said: “It would appear as if a severe case of paranoia has beset the ANC to the point that it is losing its mind. These cameras are aimed directly at monitoring the movements and access to our offices.
“At no stage has the legislature discussed the installation of these cameras with the DA, and it is unknown where this bizarre idea came from. We can only assume the ANC’s paranoia has reached proportions where they cannot trust their own members and staff and have resorted to spying in an attempt to silence opponents.”
He said the installation of the cameras and their strategic location was a blatant infringement of his party’s constitutional right to confidentiality and privacy.
He described the move as “a sure motion of no confidence by the leadership of the legislature in the police’s ability to provide adequate security to the legislature”.
But Joseph Mayenjane, head of security management at the legislature, said it was not their intention to place cameras focusing on the DA’s door. “Though I am not aware of such cameras, it might have been an oversight that our service provider placed the cameras in front of the DA’s door.”