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ANC backs down on info bill

2011-06-24 12:20

Cape Town - The ANC bowed to pressure on the protection of information bill on Friday and promised major concessions to bring the legislation in line with the Constitution.

The governing party agreed to drastically narrow the scope of the bill and to scrap minimum sentences for publishing classified information, which had been seen as a threat to the media and whistle-blowers.

MP Luwellyn Landers, who has led the party's arguments in the committee drafting the bill, said the rethink came as a result of serious concern expressed by senior ANC members and civil society.

Comments
  • Slapper - 2011-06-24 12:23

    Did they see reason? or did they just get caught out. Every move they make seems to be intent on turning us into a Banana Republic.

      paulf - 2011-06-24 12:27

      Viva for Democracy!!! Thanks to all that signed the petitions and united we shall stand.

      thinkza - 2011-06-24 12:32

      This idea was idiotic from the start. I'm glad that the media and people stood up for what is right.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-24 13:09

      I knew this secrecy bill would not be passed ! Thanks to all concerned South Africans !!!

      Organist-1 - 2011-06-24 15:50

      Caught out. They are totally incapable of "thinking". Their problem is that their dictionary says "democracy means Dictatorship. They will need to rewrite their dictionary. Fancy penalising "whistleblowers". The Armaments boil will keep festering. Needs to be lanced and the pus removed. Bring back the independent scorpions.

      CTC - 2011-06-24 16:17

      Great news. But just to reinforce this go and sign the petition at: http://www.avaaz.org/en/south_africa_stop_the_secrecy_bill/ We need another 1500 signatures before it can be presented to parliament

  • Jacques - 2011-06-24 12:32

    Great to see the constitutionalists within the ruling party still hold some sway. Well done, gentlemen.

  • 1gascan - 2011-06-24 12:39

    Speechless...

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-24 12:49

      thats ironic. :)

      1gascan - 2011-06-24 12:56

      Hahaha intended :)

  • poorwhite - 2011-06-24 12:39

    Go to Australia sheep!

  • Niel Meiring - 2011-06-24 12:40

    awesome news! and on a friday too! so happy!!! just hope the amendments are correct and in line with the constitution.

  • struth - 2011-06-24 12:42

    @ sheep. You are obviously an ANCYL moron.

  • minimac - 2011-06-24 12:47

    Too late, they have shown their true colours.

  • RVQ - 2011-06-24 12:50

    If we stand together we can get things done in this country and this world! http://www.r2k.org.za/

  • Ann - 2011-06-24 12:50

    Absolutely bloody marvelous. I am very much in favour of the media exposing corruption and other misdemeanors. We always need checks and balances so keep up the good work!

  • daaivark - 2011-06-24 12:50

    GREAT> REASON OVERCOMES THE JACKBOOT!!! But let's not get too excited. Promises mean sweet fanny to our leaders.

      Matt - 2011-06-24 12:58

      The only ANC Promise you should trust is the tea-girl

      1gascan - 2011-06-24 12:58

      True, but their "admittance" to change is now in the open, so I sincerely hope that it results in even more pressure in order for them to keep to their word.

  • Amelam - 2011-06-24 12:56

    But has Julius.....? It ain't over until the fat boy has sung.

      Taurusaurus - 2011-06-24 13:08

      He already sang "Kill the Boer" and he will face heavy charges when the court declares the verdict.

  • Sean - 2011-06-24 12:56

    And the clear winner is?...Democracy....is that light I see flickering in that dark tunnel?

      Braai Master - 2011-06-24 13:05

      Nope its me lighting up my fake siggy

      Greybeard - 2011-06-24 13:21

      It is always wise to ascertain whether the light you see is an oncoming train. The obvious trolling by sheep, mad man and various others is having the desired purpose, showing the chinks in your armour Ladies & Gentlemen, dont provide these payed trolls with ammunition friends, you know whose payroll they are on.

      Felix - 2011-06-24 13:36

      Greybeard, can you teach me to speak in dragon tounges? Please? I can't wait till Nov 11!

      Kevin - 2011-06-24 16:35

      No, It's the oncoming Gravy Train!!

  • bebe - 2011-06-24 12:58

    SO THIS IS THE RESULT OF "PRESSURE FROM THE PEOPLE" WE NOW NEED TO USE THIS SAME TYPE OF PRESSURE ON NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT, TO GET RID OF ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE HARMING OUR COUNTRY - NEXT STEP WE NEED TO PUT PRESSURE ON THEM TO GET "MALEMA" TO SHUT HIS BIG MOUTH, UNTIL HE HAS A LEAST AN MBA, HE MUST STOP OPENING HIS BIG MOUTH ON HOW TO RUN THIS COUNTRY

      daaivark - 2011-06-24 13:02

      Shhhhh. No need to shout. DOn't be fooled about the "pressure from the people" claim. Our leaders don't give a fig for our people. There international cred was at risk, and with that the opportunities for nice overseas visits and so on. Also, their previous position was simply ridiculous in terms of what the struggle meant.

      customdesign - 2011-06-24 13:34

      Ow my ears- on the left of your keyboard there is a button caaled caps lock- press it and a little light will go off on your keyboard- then type and your letters will be normal again :)

      Braai Master - 2011-06-24 14:12

      ON off ON off ON off

      elbie - 2011-06-24 16:00

      HE he BE be

  • FrankLee - 2011-06-24 13:00

    maybe the ANC seniors backed down because such a draconian info bill would have given malema a carte blanche to take their highly priced land and mow them down without anyone even raising an eyebrow when he becomes president. this way they can at least make a noise in the media without being arrested at 02h00 after power and telephone lines had been cut off from their houses.

  • willieman - 2011-06-24 13:03

    @sheep the world has moved on we need a different approach not this crap of slogans

  • Brownskin - 2011-06-24 13:07

    I think this is a gusture to Kader Asmal, he was vocal against the bill.

  • Unskinny Bob - 2011-06-24 13:09

    Must be working on plan B.

  • Zanu - 2011-06-24 13:14

    Awesome news... heading in the right direction!

  • bebe - 2011-06-24 13:14

    to Daaivark - the Govt. may not give a fig for the people, but if ENOUGH people shout, they will have to listen

      Matt - 2011-06-24 13:20

      Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything. Voters can shout, scream and wet their pants, the government doesn't care about any of us

  • John Jameson - 2011-06-24 13:23

    I'm sure it was a red herring that became superfluous when Malema's talk of nationalisation started grabbing our attention. Or perhaps the visiting Mrs Obama warned them against keeping secrets from the US. In elk geval, ek is nou moeg van die Izinyokas. Dis lank reeds tyd om aan te beweeg.

  • bebe - 2011-06-24 13:28

    MATT - don't be an idiot - this had nothing to do with a vote - this was pressure from all walks media, petitions etc that has brought about this change. And if we want anything changed in this Country we need to get together and put the same type of pressure on Govt. THE PEOPLE DO RULE, if there are the NUMBERS !!!!!!

  • customdesign - 2011-06-24 13:31

    Thank you Kadar Asmal- you left something good behind

  • Mevrou Stoof - 2011-06-24 13:42

    I have a feeling that this might just be a smokescreen!

  • Rudi - 2011-06-24 13:46

    a question Sheep, do you yhink these laws, like the info bill under discussion here, is for white people only ? wake up boet, it it to control the masses in future when you Mr Malema wants to remain in power after having run SA into the ground and the UN and the US and China take control of South Africa and WE ALL, white AND black stand in line for a food parcel sponsored by the UN. By the way Slapper, they got caught out, thats why the press release is only 5 Sentences...

  • ZACKIE - 2011-06-24 14:11

    there is anew bill to replace it called the protection of anc govt corruption bill

  • DeonL - 2011-06-24 14:26

    Another broken promise in the making? I hope not.

  • Rallyround - 2011-06-24 14:56

    Now we can turn our attention to the USA who still detain whistleblowers without trial and torture them whilst in detention. http://www.causes.com/causes/590355

  • 50something - 2011-06-24 14:56

    Good, but let's wait for the final draft

      maseratifitt - 2011-06-24 19:39

      In the meantime, don't neglect your lager.

  • chewthefat - 2011-06-24 21:13

    THINK every body. "Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the governments' purposes are beneficial. .... The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding." U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis 1928

  • Bok Fan - 2011-06-25 11:08

    Another anc effort to deny us democarcy bites the dust. Bwhahaha C'mon guys you Mug-wann-abes will have to try harder. Or heres an idea why dont you just do the right thing. I promise it doesnt hurt.

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