Before exposing MPLs for not declaring their directorships ("Directorships: MPLs in hot water", September 27), it might be prudent for your journalists to do a small amount of investigation as to the legitimacy of the claims.
Is it normal and fair for aspiring politicians to rescind their directorships in companies or dissolve those non-trading companies prior to becoming MPLs?
Having done so there is then no need for them to declare an interest in such organisations.
It would appear that your journalist failed to verify whether or not those MPLs were currently involved, or indeed were involved at any time since taking up their positions in public service.
When investigating on Cipro, note should have been taken on the timings involved in those directorships, and the article written in such a way as to reflect whether or not the MPLs in question were active directors at the time they took public office.
Taking the article in the way it has been written and the allegations made to a logical conclusion, we can only suggest that those who become involved in public service should decide that they will not be involved in commerce from an early age for fear of being victimised by journalists such as the one who wrote your unresearched article, thus robbing us, the proletariat, of experienced and worldly rounded public servants.
Clive Hassell, Framesby Gardens, Port Elizabeth