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Row breaks out at PetroSA briefing

A row has broken out over journalists being barred from a briefing by PetroSA.

Parliament's Energy Portfolio Committee was meeting at PetroSA's offices when Business Day journalist Carol Paton and a colleague were denied access by acting CEO Mapula Modipa. Picture: PetroSA.

CAPE TOWN - A row has broken out over journalists being barred from a briefing by PetroSA

Parliament's Energy Portfolio Committee was meeting at PetroSA's offices when Business Day journalist Carol Paton and a colleague were denied access by acting CEO Mapula Modipa.

According to the Constitution, committees of Parliament must meet in the open.

It says the public and the media may only be excluded if it's reasonable and justifiable to do so in an open and democratic society.

That puts a question mark over the decision by Energy committee chairperson Fikile Majola to hold today's meeting behind closed doors after Modipa objected to journalists being present.

On the agenda for the meeting was a briefing by the Central Energy Fund on plans for a turnaround strategy at PetroSA.

The Democratic Alliance's Gordon Mackay says he'll be taking the matter up.

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