Committee on state information bill to hold first of a series of meetings today

2013-03-14 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The National Assembly’s ad hoc committee on the Protection of State Information Bill will hold the first of a series of meetings today to consider far-reaching changes to the bill.

The amendments were made by a committee of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), which passed its final report on the bill in November.

Under parliamentary rule 207, the National Assembly’s committee is restricted to adopting or rejecting these changes and may not propose new ones.

The DA yesterday praised changes made last year by NCOP lawmakers, notably a clause that seeks to protect those who reveal classified information to bring to light a crime.

It was one of a raft of concessions made by ANC lawmakers that included removing a clause that would have made the new legislation trump the Promotion of Access to Information Act and giving the public protector and other chapter nine institutions the right to be in possession of classified information.

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