Monday, November 21, 2011

Pressure builds on Mac Maharaj

By Lelethu Mquqo
21 November 2011


The SA National Editors’ Forum says presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj should now come clean about his involvement in the arms deal.

Maharaj has shrugged off allegations that he and his wife Zarina received millions of Rands from French arms company Thales.

Sanef chairperson Raymond Louw says given his high profile role in government, information about Maharaj’s testimony and conduct, is of major public interest.

Meanwhile, the ANC has slammed the National Press Club’s likening of this week’s vote in Parliament on the controversial Protection of State Information Bill to the infamous 1977 Black Wednesday suppression of media freedom under apartheid.

He Club has called on everyone to wear black on the day of the vote.

The ANC says in comparing what it describes as a purely democratic and open parliamentary process to one of the darkest days of apartheid rule the Press Club fails to offer valid arguments against the Bill.

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