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E-campaign against info bill launched

2011-12-06 14:05

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance has launched an e-mobilisation campaign to stop the protection of state information bill in its current form.

The DA had consistently argued for the inclusion of a "public interest" defence clause to protect those who possessed or published information in the public interest, DA leader Helen Zille told media at Parliament on Tuesday.

"When the bill was rammed through [the National Assembly] last month without this important clause, we said we would not give up the fight," she said.

The DA’s e-mobilisation campaign would reach out to its extended network of millions of South Africans, and ask them to get involved in pressurising government to withdraw the bill in its current form.

"[On Tuesday] we will be signing a generic letter to the president that all South Africans can download from the DA’s website, sign, and e-mail to the president’s office.

"We will also be signing a petition that we will send to the president if the bill is passed through the National Council of Provinces without the necessary amendments, asking him not to sign the bill into law."

South Africans could also help by registering their concerns with the Presidential Hotline on 17737.

Another avenue was to organise impromptu protests by using social media, also known as a flash mob.

Public pressure

The DA had already staged seven flash mobs at events around the country and knew of at least forty more flash mobs planned in the coming months.

Zille called on all South Africans to support this mobilisation campaign by signing the petition, sending the letter to the president, and by calling his office.

The full details of how South Africans could get involved could be found at www.da.org.za/campaigns.htm.

Apart from the mobilisation campaign, the DA would continue to propose crucial amendments while the bill went through the National Council of Provinces.

If the DA’s amendments in the NCOP were rejected, and the bill was sent to the president for assent, the party would petition him to refer it back to the National Assembly.

Should all other avenues be exhausted, the DA would invoke Section 80 of the Constitution for the first time in South Africa’s history.

Section 80 allowed MPs to refer a bill directly to the Constitutional Court should such an application be supported by at least one third of the members of the National Assembly, and be made within 30 days of the president assenting to and signing the act.

"In the end, a sustained increase in public pressure may be what it takes to get the ANC to withdraw the bill in its current form. We will play our part in mobilising the South African people against the bill.

"We have not given up the fight," Zille said.

Comments
  • Oceanh - 2011-12-06 14:15

    Here is the direct URL, please sign the petition to stop the secrecy bill, it literally takes a couple of seconds. http://www.turnitaround.co.za/petition/33/stop-the-secrecy-bill-from-becoming-law Please may I also ask that you forward to every South African in your address book.

      Cuba - 2011-12-06 14:26

      Shot for the link bud

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-06 14:26

      Done!

      Bob - 2011-12-06 14:31

      Done

      Stephen - 2011-12-06 14:54

      Who's the 1 thumbs down? Zuma?

      Ian - 2011-12-06 15:07

      Thank you!!! you know how long ive been looking for this thing....Done!!

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-06 15:28

      @Stephen. LOL I Have 2 thumbs down. One from Shaik and one from Zuma. Maharaj is overseas, so he won't be here to thumbs down us!

      Rebel_without_a_cause - 2011-12-06 15:56

      Signed... ;)

  • Activity Bookings - 2011-12-06 14:16

    Done

  • Bob - 2011-12-06 14:26

    This will not make much difference! But worth a try! Proactively motivated widespread civil disobedience would be a start! If that does not work, mass protests in the streets is about the only thing that will get this autocratic governments attention that we are gatvol with their nonsense!

  • gary.jurgens - 2011-12-06 14:29

    right2know.org.za

  • Musa - 2011-12-06 14:49

    You people are raising stupid allegations fuelled by white mentality, regarding the bill. The difference is: I have read the bill and understood it. I did not rely on biased intepretations by politician-turned journos and opportunists, like the madam. I don't care about your racist outbursts, they don't scare me!

      Charl - 2011-12-06 14:59

      I understood what you are saying, but I definitely don't understand what point you are trying to get across..

      Bob - 2011-12-06 15:00

      stupid allegations fuelled by white mentality, wow you are full of hate today Musa, me thinks they have done a good job of brain washing you either that or you are a passenger on that exclusive GRAVY TRAIN the one that the good people of this country will see to it is DERAILED.

      Felix - 2011-12-06 15:04

      Got something to hide Musa? How's your cushy government job going?

      Oceanh - 2011-12-06 15:05

      no use trying to talk sense to you Musa, dont you think that the citizens of Zimbabwe also "understood" their bill, look where it got them.

      Irene - 2011-12-06 15:10

      Shame Musa, are you pro the bill so you don't get exposed for your illegal tenders?

      Musa - 2011-12-06 15:20

      Irene: Read my comment directed to Charl. The term "tender" does not exist in my life-world.

      Irene - 2011-12-06 15:38

      @Musa - How about the word 'brainwashed'?

      Rebel_without_a_cause - 2011-12-06 16:01

      Musa, How do you manage to put "fuelled by white mentality" and "your racist outbursts" in one post. Do you realize how racist your words actually are?

      Hugh - 2011-12-06 16:27

      @Musa, you are a lier.

      Musa - 2011-12-06 21:01

      @ Hugh Go back to school, your spelling sucks!

  • Sharon - 2011-12-06 14:49

    Well done DA.......... mobilize the people, we don`t want this Bill passed

      Musa - 2011-12-06 15:04

      It will be passed!

      Deon - 2011-12-06 15:13

      It will probably pass, but the question should be: "Will the C court be able to stop it / make parliament change it?"

      Musa - 2011-12-06 15:25

      @ Deon If the ConCourt rules that certain amendments must be effected, they will be effected and the bill will be passed. Are you happy now? At least you did not insult me like the other reactionaries here.

  • Hallo - 2011-12-06 14:50

    YEAH lets fight this thing!!! By sitting behind our desks on our comfy chairs and filling out an online form.... losers

      Felix - 2011-12-06 15:05

      I see your contribution is doing wonders...

      Deon - 2011-12-06 15:15

      We can also protest, march and burn down a place or 2? No.

      Hallo - 2011-12-06 15:18

      You don't have the balls Deon.

  • Musa - 2011-12-06 15:15

    @ Charl What I'm saying is that those people who comment about the bill, not having read it, are raising things which are totally NOT there. Why? Because the media did not tell the people what is contained in the bill, but they chose to put their biased intepretations. Those who are asking if I had anything to hide: No, nothing to hide. I am working, Monday to Friday. I wake up every day @ 4:55, go to work, come back @ 18:00. I am qualified with a masters degree ( finishing my Ph.D in May/June 2012). So, I earn my living. My two boys are in boarding schools. There is NO gravy train for me, if there is such a thing.

      Oceanh - 2011-12-06 16:19

      Musa, it is never a good idea when any government tries to keep it's citizens in the dark for any other reason then national security. We are not condeming the whole bill, only the obmissions such as public interest etc. As a tax paying citizen, i want to know where my hard earned money is going, that it is being put to good use, taxes should be used for the good of the country, education, job creation, medical to mention a few, not lining the pockets of corrupt politicians or funding a 300 million party for a political party.

      Hugh - 2011-12-06 16:35

      The very fact that you claim to have read it, and defend it the way you do says volumes of your comprehension of it. Add the fact you are unaware of a gravy train says that you live with your head in the sand. Which brings to question all your claims of education etc.

  • billy - 2011-12-06 16:56

    THIS IS WHAT I CALL AN OPPOSITION PARTY...THAML YOU TO DA....

  • billy - 2011-12-06 17:10

    THESE PPL WANT TO EAT OUR TAX MONEY WITHOUT BEING QUESTIONED, THEY WANT TO GIVE EACH OTHER TENDERS BEHIND DOORS, THEY WANT TOTAL CONTROL OF THE COUNTRY WE ARE ALL FIGHTING EVERYDAY TO MAKE A BETTER PLACE....THEY ARE SIMPLY GIVING US A MIDDLE FINGER AND TELLING US TO SHUT THE F**K UP....THEY THINK WE ARE KIDS AND WE DONT KNOW WHAT WE WANT, THEY WANT TO TELL US TO JUMP, I SAY "TURN MY MIC UP LOUD". I WILL NOT BE SILENCE, WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED AND TO HELL WITH THE E-campaign, I WILL TAKE IT TO THE STREETS..

      Musa - 2011-12-06 20:56

      Take it easy, broer, use lower cases please. This stuff is disgusting! I can then engage you. For now, your comment is killing my eyes!

  • Musa - 2011-12-06 21:21

    @ Hugh You are starting to irritate me, I do not claim to have read the bill, I have actually read it. I did not say I am unaware of the GRAVY TRAIN, I hate to use such derogatory terms because they are used by counter-revolutionary forces like you, against our comrades. This is because to reactionaries like you, Blacks are either corrupt or incompetent. Talking about my education, I guese it is you who must evaluate your own because your spelling sucks (you said 'lier'- which language is this? English or Afrikaans is supposed to be your language. You see Bantu Education taught me both these languages and I am fluent in both. May be I can invite you for my graduation in September 2012, so that you can verify my qualifications (post me your details). Comment about something you know, don't go around making baseless allegations.

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