ANC statement on meeting with Helen Zille
2 April 2008
The African National Congress is disappointed that Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille has not been able to honour the date suggested for a meeting with the ANC to discuss the matter of the Directorate of Special Operations.
It is unfortunate that the initial urgency with which the DA approached this matter has suddenly dissipated.
The ANC received a request for a meeting from Zille earlier in the week, which was simultaneously released by the DA to the media. The following day, the DA`s leader in Parliament, Sandra Botha, was quoted in the media as saying that they had not yet received a response from the ANC.
In the event, the ANC did respond to the letter, confirming that ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe was available for such a meeting. Given the urgency the DA attached to the matter, the ANC suggested a meeting on Friday 4 April at 14h00.
Ms Zille has subsequently indicated that she is unavailable to meet at that time. Efforts to reach an appropriate person in her office to make alternative arrangements have thus far been unsuccessful.
Nevertheless, the ANC remains willing to meet the DA to discuss this matter, in good faith, with the intention of ensuring that each party better understands the other`s position.
Unlike the DA, the ANC is not in the practice of conducting its relations with other parties through the media. It will not begin to do so now.
Jessie Duarte 079 506 6756