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Slow start to info bill hearing

2012-02-14 11:23

Pretoria - A handful people were waiting in a church hall in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, on Tuesday morning for the beginning of a public hearing into the draft protection of state information bill.

The event, organised by the National Council of Provinces, was scheduled to start at 09:00, but at that time final arrangements were still being made on the podium and Parliamentary posters were being put up.

Outside, Tshwane metro police had closed Matlhare Street to traffic.

Two public hearings on the so-called secrecy bill are scheduled in Gauteng. The second event takes place in Sharpeville, in the Sedibeng district.

National Press Club chairperson Yusuf Abramjee would be one of the people making presentations on Tuesday.

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Comments
  • Ian - 2012-02-14 12:07

    That is because the people in those areas don\'t really care much for the Info bill. Also, I cannot see certain demographics traveling to that area to attend this event. NIce planning on part of the ANC - this will allow them to prove that people don't really care for this bill and allow them to pass the bill.

      Ze Don - 2012-02-14 12:21

      So true! Why on a Tuesday when most people are working as well?

      Gerhard - 2012-02-14 12:38

      If you were following this on Twitter, the DA leader in Tshwane, Solly Msimang, angered the community by saying the reason why they were there is because they were promised free T-shirts and food. Classic comment from Solly!!

      russta101 - 2012-02-14 12:50

      I support freedom of expression and transparency in government. BUT: I can understand the lack of interest from the disadvantaged. Why bother with political wrangling when your everyday activity is finding enough food to eat? How easy is it for people like Frank below to throw stones from their place of priviledge?

  • donovan.botha - 2012-02-14 12:31

    this is rediculous the government is doing all it can to get this bill passed what a shame when it is us who put them in power we should simply take them out of power in the next elections that seemes to be the only solution to this kind of railroading the public.

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-02-14 12:41

    M black n an ANC member bt not happy with the proposed Bill, don't u let ur overly racial-apartheid minds lead u to make statements which are devoid of truth, whoever u are da one who said black people don't care, We care u fool! Masimba kaNyoko!

      Themba - 2012-02-14 14:19

      You care but you will still vote the corrupt bunch back into power come election time. That's a very strange way to demonstrate how much you care don't you think

  • betsy.compaan - 2012-02-14 13:17

    I think we as South Africans need to seriously stop slinging mud at each other based on the other person's skin color. Obviously the preparations were not done properly! Was everyone informed about when and where this meeting would take place (and no I am not just talking about it being advertised on TV or internet). Come on people the organizers should be held accountable for the poor attendance to some extend! Read again; "The event, organized by the National Council of Provinces, was scheduled to start at 09:00, but at that time final arrangements were still being made on the podium and Parliamentary posters were being put up." Stop blaming each other and start blaming those in charge!

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