Committee set to review info bill

2013-10-09 08:59
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Zuma sends info bill back to parliament

2013-09-16 09:14

President Jacob Zuma has sent the Protection of State Information Bill back to the National Assembly over concern that two sections in the bill are unconstitutional. Watch.WATCH

Cape Town - The ad hoc committee appointed to review the protection of state information bill will on Wednesday start considering the issues President Jacob Zuma has with the bill.

The committee is due to adopt its report on the bill a day later, on Thursday 10 October. The report will then go to the National Assembly for consideration.

The so-called secrecy bill was approved by the Assembly in April amid warnings by lawyers that it was unconstitutional and threats by rights groups to take it on legal review.


Last month, Zuma sent it back to Parliament for amendments instead of signing it into law, saying he believed it was unconstitutional and singling out two clauses as problematic.

But the wording of Zuma's brief to Parliament has prompted debate as to how wide a mandate to redraft he has given MPs, and hope among lobby groups that it would open at least a backdoor for substantive changes.

A fortnight ago Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko wrote to Zuma demanding he stipulate whether MPs were meant to confine their deliberations to sections 42 and 45.

The bill's many opponents have made plain that they would not be satisfied with merely correcting parts of it.

They said despite the ANC's staged retreat from the draft law's most regressive provisions during the drafting process it still raises the spectre of excessive state secrecy reminiscent of the apartheid era.

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