Parliament apologises for media being barred from NCOP

Reporters & Parliamentary officials were barred from entering the NCOP during Jacob Zuma’s address.

FILE. Reporters & Parliamentary officials were barred from entering the NCOP during Zuma’s address on Thursday 6 November. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Journalists and Parliamentary officials, who found themselves barred from entering the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), where President Jacob Zuma was speaking on Thursday, have received an apology.

Parliament has issued a statement in which it apologises for the incident.

Security at Parliament is supposed to be under the control of the speaker, but opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) have been highly critical about what they see as efforts by the executive to undermine her authority and the institution's independence.

In its statement, Parliament says the official wasn't a member of its own protection services, fuelling speculation it was a member of President Zuma's security team.

He was reportedly also rude to journalists and Parliamentary officials who he blocked from entering the NCOP while Zuma was speaking.

Parliament says it will be taking the matter up with the 'relevant authorities'.