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Amend info bill for whisteblowers - Cosatu

2012-05-01 14:28

Cape Town - Cosatu wanted the protection of state information bill to be amended to give better protection against "whistleblowers" who want to expose corruption, its spokesperson Patrick Craven said on Tuesday.

"The bill must be amended so that exposing information about corruption, crime, misuse of public money or incompetence, in the public interest, can never be a criminal offence," spokesperson Patrick Craven said in the federation's Workers' Day statement.

One of the Congress of SA Trade Unions' concerns about the bill was that whistle blowers could be silenced by finding that the evidence of corruption they have uncovered has been classified as "secret".

It would be the whistleblowers and not "the corrupt offenders" who land up in court with the threat of prison for revealing secret information.

Comments
  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-01 14:45

    Waaaahahaha

  • George - 2012-05-01 14:49

    Vavi for President.............

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-01 15:29

    No-one has yet made a compelling case for any such legislation. No ill effects resulting from of lack of such legislation to date have been demonstrated. No examples of real threats to national security have been outlined. Cosatu sounds very reasonable, and in fact credible. See e-tolling. But they are still allied to the monster, and this could well be just a strategy to soften the resistance to the secrecy bill. The proposed bill should simply be scrapped. It should not be passed in any form whatsoever.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-05-01 15:43

    Zuma wants to protect his own backside

  • Andrew - 2012-05-01 16:20

    Ahh you Pommie Communist you have woken up from your slumber about the ANC you and Cosatu so desperately defend. I suppose when Maggie Thatcher came to power tyou fled the UK with you tail between your legs for greener pastures to preech you pommies commie crap. Pity you cannot have a colour change as opposed to a sex change!!!!

      Irene - 2012-05-01 19:25

      Too true. It would be interesting to know if he still carries his British Passport so he can make a quick duck after he's created merry hell in SA.

  • jack.oosthuysen - 2012-05-01 16:29

    If Cosatu gets this amendment done, I will give generously towards their causes.

  • George - 2012-05-01 17:58

    As is the American way we must put in a clause into the bill that any public official using the info bill to protect his private interest will be executed live on SABC3 using Shaka Zulus favorite method. He then then appeal his sentence, be put on long leave, etc. The SABC3 ratings will go through the roof. Suddenly the lost R20 billion per year shortfall that treasury complains about will materialize. Need I go on. BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY NOW.

  • pws69 - 2012-05-01 18:14

    "The bill must be amended so that exposing information about corruption, crime, misuse of public money or incompetence, in the public interest, can never be a criminal offence," spokesperson Patrick Craven said in the federation's Workers' Day statement. This is the closest any alliance partner wil come to admitting the truth about this bill. It is all about covering up corruption. Almost R100 billion in the last two years alone, report by just two departments.

  • Gaby - 2012-05-01 19:21

    If they make this amendment, then what is the point in passing the bill in the first place?

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-01 20:22

      It can be amended again, later.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-01 20:24

      ...with Cosatu support...after 2014.

  • Vince.York - 2012-05-01 20:29

    How many years does it take for these to WAKE UP and follow the lead of the opposing DA party? (Africa Time can only be stretched so far!)

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-05-01 21:29

    Is it not the reason why they will never consider it to bring back the death penalty again. OOOOhhh the truth hurts so much. PPPPrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr another blow for corrupt goevrnment officials. Do they realy want to change the LAW, of a country, to protect the criminals. Great another Zimbabwe on the way.

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