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ANC slams 'Black Tuesday' protest

2011-11-21 11:05

Johannesburg - The National Press Club's plans for this week's vote on the protection of state information bill are a senseless distortion of facts, the ANC Chief Whip in Parliament said on Monday.

"The only result this unfortunate comparison and the planned campaign, in which people are urged to dress in black, will achieve is to dilute the real history of the Black Wednesday and insult the victims of apartheid's barbaric laws," Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga said in the statement.

The National Press Club (NPC) has asked people opposed to the bill to wear black clothing or a black ribbon or armband to express their opposition to the bill.

The name of the campaign refers to "Black Wednesday" on October 19 1977 when The World, Sunday World and Christian publication Pro Veritas were banned and almost 20 people or organisations were declared banned by the apartheid government.

'Black Tuesday'

The name of the campaign has been changed to "Black Tuesday", the day of the week on which the bill will be voted on in the National Assembly,

"Let's tell the government we are all opposed to censorship. It's crunch time. The nation needs to unite and stop this nonsense," NPC chairperson Yusuf Abramjee said on its Facebook page.

If the bill is passed the media will not be able to claim it acted in the public interest if it violated or was party to the violation of a law, or published classified information to substantiate a report on, for example, malpractice or corruption in government.

However, Motshekga said comparing the facts of Black Wednesday and the intended new law was "not only an irresponsible act of protest, but also gravely senseless".

"The reality of South Africa's vicious history should teach all of us never to campaign in a manner that trivialises the deep pain and suffering experienced by the majority of our people," he said.

Vote

After going through 123 amendments, the bill would be voted on in the National Assembly on Tuesday, but it was not the end of the road, he said.

It still had to move through the National Council of Provinces, before reaching finalisation.

He said the government had no intention to ban, torture or murder journalists and the rejection of a public interest defence was in line with international best practice on security in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

"We believe this is blatantly insensitive and a distortion of history."

- On Black Wednesday, editors Percy Qoboza and Aggrey Klaaste were taken to solitary confinement where they spent five months.

According The Sowetan archive, journalists such as Mathatha Tsedu, Joe Tlholoe, who is now the Press Ombudsman; and Don Mattera were detained and after their jail stay, were banned for five years.

Organisations banned included the Beyers Naude's Christian Institute and the Union of Black Journalists.

"Black Wednesday" followed the death in police detention of black consciousness activist Steve Biko, as well as a campaign to resist Bophutatswana becoming a "homeland" independent of South Africa.

Comments
  • Marion - 2011-11-21 11:09

    I don't care how much you consider that this will trivialize Black Wednesday, I will be wearing black tomorrow in protest even though I am unlikely to go out my front door. In my opinion we will mourn the implementation of this bill way beyond Tuesday if it gets signed into the statute books.

      Delusion - 2011-11-21 11:27

      "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely" Lord Acton 1835-1902. A typical NAT regime has ermerged again, only more corrupt this time. The more things change, the more they stay the same... Normally the ANC wheels grind painfully slowly over important issues. This Bill (and nice jets for the elite) have been given such priority, energy and attention by the corrupt comrades cadres. Why?

      Oneant - 2011-11-21 11:42

      lets do some maths. 2011 - 1994 = 17 AAAND 1994 - 17 = 1977 coincidence? given both are 17 years from that crucial point, and given that the past 17 years have been as bad for some as those 17 years since 77 were for others... everybody is equal and has the right to wear black for whatever the hell they want.

      Vicker - 2011-11-21 12:01

      Jeeeeshhh Poloyamonki - talk about a victim mentality - you're IT !!!

      robert.cerff - 2011-11-21 12:09

      @Oneant I think somehow Government fail to see the irony in history repeating itself. Eventually every day will be a black day for some reason at the current rate.

      markdoubleu - 2011-11-21 12:10

      @Poloyatroll Black is the colour traditionally associated with mourning. Now get back to your bridge.

      JMan - 2011-11-21 12:10

      @ Polio - Black mamba - really? This snake's mouth is black inside - hence the name. Thought I'd teach you something today...for a change.

      Doug - 2011-11-21 12:16

      LOL@ POLOyatonki ... so funny ... hope you are joking boet , blackberry , black mamba, black sea .... lol ... black denotes the absence of light and openness in this case ... where we will all be in the dark with regards to what is really going on ... this will negatively effect all South Africans . The international community will start to pull out of this country if these things aren't sorted out .

      Delusion - 2011-11-21 12:23

      Sigh...Poloy, you are OBSESSED with race. There is no such thing as black and white people. H. Sapiens ranges from dark brownish to light pinkish - nothing more than an evolutionary adpation of the body to find a balance beween a shortage of Vit. D and folic acid and UV protection - depending how far we live from the equator. And Poloy, a black head, black hole, black mamba and a black all appear black to the human eye ... hence called black. This is glaringly obvious -not for you? Then your other examples: Black / dark refers to little or no light (think after sunset). This is associated with difficulty in observation, thus a time when we and most animals are vulnerable and uncertain. Hence a "dark future", Black Tuesday, etc. If you want to read more into it than that, I am sorry to hear about your problems. It is TOTALLY irrational. Now get a life.

      Had - 2011-11-21 13:00

      Poloyatonki. You forgot Black Music Awards, Black Lawyers Forum, Black Business Association etc. I would think you should be proud to be black.

      Sean - 2011-11-21 13:26

      @ Poloyatonki ! If it was called white , you would still find it wrong . Get a life !

      Ampers - 2011-11-21 13:33

      I despair at the mindset of the ANC politicians. Surely now is the time to consider alternative parties to stop the ruination of this country and the teating of the majority of blacks so badly. BTW I gave Poloyatonki (above) a +1 for including Blackberry mobiles in his tirade against bad things beginning with black.

      Travis - 2011-11-21 13:56

      In who's best interest is it to have the info bill passed??? Only the ANC. The bill does nothing to help the South African citizen, it only helps government cover up their mistakes and corruption. I love how government do anything and everything they can to keep their skeletons in the closet(e.g shutting down The Scorpions).

      Hat3d - 2011-11-21 17:11

      Come on NEWS24! Your bread and butter is at stake, why isn't there a front page banner on the most visited site on SA advertising Black Tuesday?

      Grim - 2011-11-21 17:26

      poloyatonki..you left out black economic empowerment.. effn racist

      Lucky - 2011-11-21 21:34

      Poloyatonki-Black by nature, proud by choice!

      Maria - 2011-11-22 00:49

      @Poly: Your comment had me laughing out loud - loved the wordplay and even the reference to Blackberry LOL. Funny!! So sorry though that there are so many Whites who immediately jump on the backfoot and are so shortsighted that they don't see the humour. Sorry about that...

      Van - 2011-11-22 03:15

      Black is beautyfull but it looks ugly on a ......

      davidfvanstaden - 2011-11-22 08:08

      @Poloyatonki :Black has been associated with 'Darkness' long before people were even civilized.It has nothing to do with race. So stop feeling so damn sorry for yourself.

      Boeretroos - 2011-11-22 19:49

      The great black silent void of no comment !

  • Sharmay - 2011-11-21 11:11

    ANC - shurrup. I don't want the press muzzled so you can get away with stealing my tax money. Stick your bill where the sun doesn't shine!

      Herman - 2011-11-21 11:18

      I actually gave my screen the finger when I read this! The arrogance of this criminal regime ie beyond comprehension!

      Jacob - 2011-11-21 11:42

      You say it well friend. The Arrogant Nasty Criminals will steal everything

      Pieter - 2011-11-23 07:28

      WHY ARE YOU ALL MOANING ABOUT THE anc. DIDN'T YOU CLOWNS VOTE YES IN THE REFERNDUM WAY BACK TO GET THEM INTO POWER IN THE FIRST PLACE.SO STOP B!TCH!NG.

  • Mike - 2011-11-21 11:14

    And so begins the demise of our constitutional democracy, a tragedy of note

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2011-11-21 11:14

    what about the suffering people suffer TODAY due to your mismanagement and corruption you STUPID ANC?!?!?

  • Shirley - 2011-11-21 11:20

    Anc can slam all it likes!!! Ancyl can destroy property and vandalise streets for a USELESS individual then I can protest the bill with pride. The heat is becoming intense now with all the rotting worms coming out of the arms deal can and hence the rush. When I last checked we are a so called "democratic country" and why the hell must hard working tax paying citizens watch gags being placed on institutions who are unveiling the rot and corruption ion this country! If by wearing black I get the slightest chance of contributing to a country which is FAIR and true to what its contstitution preaches then I for will wear black all year if neccesary! After all we are mourning the death of a beautiful country

      Marion - 2011-11-21 11:24

      @Shirley, please don't forget that we apparently have 'the most progressive constitution in the world (or close to it anyway). Yet such changes fly in the face of that very constitution that SA likes to flaunt in the faces of the rest of the world. One of these days it will be said 'South Africa HAD the most progressive constitution in the world. Anyone who disagrees with this bill should go to http://www.avaaz.org/en/south_africa_stop_the_secrecy_bill/ and sign their online petition AND also wear black tomorrow. I reckon that even just a black armband will suffice if you don't have any black in your wardrobe.

  • Mike_or_Mpho - 2011-11-21 11:20

    People are suffering TODAY as a DIRECT result of the thievery and corruption that goes done by the ANC Calibre. The ANC is morphing into an Apartheid style government each and every day. you can distort the truth until cows come home, but even your sheep followers are starting to see the ANC for what it really is.

  • StarStruck - 2011-11-21 11:21

    This bill was introduced purely because some journalists found dirt on some of the people in parliament and that is the only reason why you all oppose it. Corruption is part your culture and that means that the poor will always stay poor. We live in a free country now and unfortunately someone has to stand behind your backs to make sure that we are not robbed. Sad but true.

      StarStruck - 2011-11-21 11:26

      Sorry typo there - Imbrace instead of oppose.

      Craig - 2011-11-21 14:05

      embrace.

  • Johan - 2011-11-21 11:21

    Info Bill = Hide Corruption

      Donder - 2011-11-21 11:26

      maharaj must be so pissed off bout this... he almost made it to the finish line :-0

      Alva - 2011-11-21 11:29

      Exactly! The 'secrecy bill' is to hide the corruption specially behind the arms deal.

  • Willem - 2011-11-21 11:22

    No it is a valid protest. The ANC wants to hide behind this bill against corruption. Corruption they can't stop in themselves as they are morally bankrupt. Call an investigation and then make sure it can't be published. The ANC underestimate their VOTERS intelligence and it is going to cost this country dearly.

  • Michele - 2011-11-21 11:26

    I think we should all tie black flags or ribbons to our cars too

      Michelle - 2011-11-21 15:21

      Good Idea - think i will!! :)

  • Alfred - 2011-11-21 11:28

    "...is to dilute the real history of the Black Wednesday and insult the victims of apartheid's barbaric laws" You mean laws like gagging the media? Take your "entitled to steal" bill and stick it.

  • Kala - 2011-11-21 11:33

    ""The reality of South Africa's vicious history should teach all of us never to campaign in a manner that trivialises the deep pain and suffering experienced by the majority of our people," he said." I'm sure that if this bill is passed we, the people, will be in deep pain and suffering for many years to come. There is nothing trivial about protesting against this Bill.

  • david.baker.sa - 2011-11-21 11:33

    It's doesn't trivialise Black Wednesday. It commemerates it. The people then took a stand. Do the ANC believe they now own the colour black when it comes to protest? Back then they wore black to signify the death of the freedom of the press. We are doing the same thing now to protest the Info Bill

  • jan.jordaan1 - 2011-11-21 11:35

    the proposal of this bill is an insult to all south africans.....

  • Paul - 2011-11-21 11:40

    This proposed Bill sounds and looks very similar to the old aparthied legislation regulating the press. Wake up we going back to the apartheid and teh controll of the free press! I will wear black!!

  • chiepner - 2011-11-21 11:42

    Wonder what Steve Biko would of said if he could of still been alive and witness the "apartheid" mentality his now corrupt power hungry ANC comrades are so staunchly defending. Its ironic. The party that helped to free all South African has turned into the enemy they once faught against for freedom. One day things will change again and then no one will remember what the ANC use to stand for. Like ZANU-PF, the mention of the name now envokes thoughts of oppresion, hunger and death. Its a pity the ANC allowed it self to be infested by people whos only goal in life is to enrich themselves even if it means returning to old apartheid style rules. Black Wednesday will forever be remembered as the day the ruling party crossed the line of no return.

      Marion - 2011-11-21 12:01

      "Biko's closest friend and confidante, Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, says Biko never mentioned this escapade to her. She points out: "Stephen Biko was a high school student at a Catholic School - Marian Hill in 1965. He could not have been able to be in Johannesburg at the same time let alone act as guide to Rubin Carter. The bag of guns and clandestine ANC meetings are also a mystery. He was not a member of the ANC or any of the then-banned organizations." "Steve Biko was the founder of the Black Consciousness movement. He was not associated with the ANC or with its guerilla wing, Umkhonto We Sizwe (Spear of the Nation)." Yet the ANC has unconscionably used his name to bolster their public image. http://members.shaw.ca/cartermyths/Carterbiko.htm

      Marion - 2011-11-21 12:04

      Lest I give the wrong impression these are my words: Yet the ANC has unconscionably used his name to bolster their public image.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-21 12:49

      2 thumbs up

  • mholthuysen - 2011-11-21 11:44

    Distortion of facts - the ANC has lost every common sense with facts. Why are they muzzling the media; so that no one can watch them anymore while they steal the entire country and economy blind; so that no one can watch their inability to deliver and so that they can turn this country into an ANC dictatorship.

  • marc.daniel.davies - 2011-11-21 11:46

    The ANC clearly does not understand the extent to which South Africans (in general) detest this bill and liken it to apartheid laws. The ANC is only slamming Black Tuesday because it is of the opinion that the Info Bill is a positive measure - OBVIOUSLY they will claim that protests against it are trivial. I'm so disgusted by the multiplicity of evils that are emanating from the ANC at the moment. Mac Maharaj, parliament suspending ANC funds, Info Bill, Arms deal, Bheki Cele etc etc etc etc. Sometimes I feel like we on the ground understand more. A very basic understanding of the SA economy in the context of a fragile international market means that we cannot afford to implement dodgy Info Bills, nationalisation and land expropriation w/out comp. Rational thinking in the ANC rests with Trevor Manuel who is too quiet for anybody to care about. Sad state of affairs.

  • Missionman - 2011-11-21 11:48

    What the ANC must realise is that censorship was the cause of a lot of the atrcoties during the arpartheid era. Had the public known what was truly going when it happened the then goverment would have had to endure the rath of the public as most would not have tolerated what happened. Now they want to do the same thing just for different reasons to a degree. I believe that this is a total contravetion of rights and all should support BLACK TUESDAY. If this bill is allowed to proceed more than just corruption will be covered up and this is totally wrong. This bill is the result of blatant arrogance and the fact that they think they own the country and can do what they want when they want - VERY DISAPOINTING.

  • rickvcooper - 2011-11-21 11:52

    Corruption loves protection. ANC seems to love corruption like HIV loves skin on skin.

  • GrootBlou - 2011-11-21 11:52

    Dear ANC, the fight against apartheid is over. You've won that battle and remarkably so. But 20 years has passed since and there are some new issues that need your attention. You are in charge of this beautiful complicated country now and you are forcing new laws onto the people that can be compared to the old Apartheid laws. You are therefore now also in the wrong and you are denying it as did the apartheid government. If you don't want to be insulted as apartheid victims, please do not make such apartheid like laws.

      Maverick82 - 2011-11-21 16:18

      SHARKS 4EVER....Sorry couldnt help myself :-/

  • John - 2011-11-21 11:54

    Trivialising suffering under apartheid? Sorry. I'm just a dumb white dude. Please explain the connection.

  • Laura - 2011-11-21 11:54

    By wearing black tomorrow we are, if anything, HONOURING those who suffered under apartheid, because they were fighting for the beautiful Constitution we are trying to uphold - this Constitution, its rights and values at the heart of the struggle that heroes such as Steve Biko chose to endure, is at risk of being undermined now by the Secrecy Bill. The point of making a statement is to MAKE A STATEMENT, and if we don't defend every little bit of the Constitution RIGHT NOW, then the next Black Wednesday we observe may just be under the same conditions as the very first.

      Marion - 2011-11-21 12:51

      At the rate at which SA is going maybe our children will one day learn about our history of Black Tuesday and Black Wednesday (black being colour of mourning to all who don't understand the concept)... and will also learn about our history of a Black Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday when we protested against suppressive legislation etc.

  • TheSlip - 2011-11-21 11:56

    lol... "Barbaric laws" vs "Barbaric ways"

  • Jerhone - 2011-11-21 12:01

    why don't the ANC go and SLAM their faces against a wall

  • mastermindpete - 2011-11-21 12:01

    ANC - YOU SUCK !!!! WE SLAM YOU for your lack of good governance so suck it up and realise you do not rule us, we are our own people and we do not want a useless government - did you watch Carte Blanche last night - the youth will rise up against you and you will pay for your corruption, greed, lies and despotic behaviour !!!

  • Shirley - 2011-11-21 12:01

    Marion I am so glad to see others as enthusiatic as I am. Thank you for petition tip! Lets make our voice heard!

      Marion - 2011-11-21 12:53

      Hi Shirley. I already signed up. For anyone interested there is also a petitions about the Blue Light Brigades who treat our public roads as though they are the only motorists who count and Gauteng Toll Roads.

      Marion - 2011-11-21 13:01

      News24 must really switch their spelling autocheck / autocorrect facility off. Please excuse my typo's in the above posting. News 24 please note that I said t y p o' s.

      Henry - 2011-11-22 13:54

      Hi Shirley, please could you let me know where I can sugn up for these petitions! Really need more people to get involved here and on many other issues, well done.

  • louiza.frohlich - 2011-11-21 12:02

    ANC.... we are starting a 'New History'

  • Rolene - 2011-11-21 12:02

    As a former South African I am saddened that we will see the freedom of press curtailed. A free press is a sign of a healthy democracy. I will be wearing black in solidarity.

  • James - 2011-11-21 12:04

    the anc has never understood the principals of free speach.

  • brand0nbradley - 2011-11-21 12:04

    Gonna be looking like Johnny Cash tomorrow.

  • kwbateman - 2011-11-21 12:04

    Oh so typical - protest only belongs to the hooligan behaviour on the streets. Suggest the ANC looks at the streets of this country to know that they are doing an injustice to what their own fallen comrades died for, was imprisoned for..........!

  • Clarissa - 2011-11-21 12:05

    ag, ja

  • sefeddt - 2011-11-21 12:05

    Methinks the ANC doth protest too much. First claims that opponents to the bill are agents, then slamming Red Ronnie's comments, now this. What don't they want us to know.

  • Larry - 2011-11-21 12:09

    Its a lot more civilized than going on the rampage and destroying property, which is what would be expected of the ANC and their ilk.

  • Thozi - 2011-11-21 12:13

    So the ANC government is determined to use its majority in parliament to hide corruption perpetrated by its members? I cannot believe this, I just cant. So why do we bother even trying to hide corruption, the government will already be doing that - officially and legally!!!

  • Nak3dPeanut - 2011-11-21 12:13

    I immediately associated Black Tuesday with an act of censorship and being left in the dark. I think the name of the campaign is a perfect match and I too will be wearing black!

  • Cornelius - 2011-11-21 12:14

    So now Great African Traditionalist Motshekga views the legislation of the Ur Colonialist Britian and the Great Imperialist USA as "best practice"? Come to think of it, has he noticed that the USA legislation involves something that is called HOMELAND SECURITY? If memory serves ...

  • fezile.nkosi - 2011-11-21 12:17

    I love how people with no legal background at all decide to open thier ignorant mouths and blab simply because it is a Bill issued by the ANC gov. How many of you have even READ the Bill or do you all just simply reply on wht you read in the Media. Read the bill first, interpret it and ask for LEGAL opinions and you'll see that it isnt as bad as everyone thinks it is.

      Delusion - 2011-11-21 12:27

      Kazrills who originally initiated this Bill is against it, because he knows what the (new) motive behind it is. So are ALL the black jounalists. You seem not worried?

      Shirley - 2011-11-21 12:29

      Not bad at all if you are an anc member who is living off his corrupt earnings! You dont need a law degree to know netween wrong or right! Or are you saying that you do and that explains Zumas problem in telling the difference???????????

      Andrew - 2011-11-21 19:23

      Have you read it?

      Henry - 2011-11-22 14:01

      1. Did you read it? 2. It is drafted in legislative 'legal speak', not many people can un derstand it. 3. In the democracy you supposedly fought for(sic!), the arena of public opinion IS via the press and other sources of information. 4. Do you not for one moment think it is strange that with the unprecendnted corruption, bungling, lying and deceipt and with the abolishment of the Scorpions etc etc..that there is osmething bigger at play here, or do you beleive that the press merely creates these issues out of nothing? 5. The fact that you seem to think that this is or may be a legitimate bill proves that there are many people in this country that want us to race headlong into those beautiful and wonderfull democracies and havens for human rights like Libya, Syria, Equitorila Guinea, Somalia, Zimbabwe etc etc etc...it is not just whites that are being abused here WE ALL are. 6. What the.....has Africa done since the sixties when they got indepependence....46 YEARS!

      stefanie.dutoit.Ash - 2011-11-23 09:44

      The concept of a "secrecy bill/act" is in itself neither a foreign nor an outrageous concept. Having not read the entire Bill yet, I will take a stab in the dark an proclaim that, bar a few spelling mistakes and incomprehensible clauses here and there (the unfortunate state of anything being passed by the lawmakers these days..), legally the Bill is probably rather sound. However, history (and current affairs for that matter..) has taught us that the third world is incapable of utilising these kind of laws to the betterment of its people. More often than not it is used as a tool to slowly work its way towards a Big Brother state, covering up of state atrocities rather than secrets (the kind that Should be protected) and ultimately gets utilised as (yet another) tool to suppress its people. The slow decay...

  • Sheda - 2011-11-21 12:20

    TRIVIALIZE APARTHEID?????? The ANC is far WORSE than apartheid......................................

  • nadia.chotu - 2011-11-21 12:29

    I still have no idea at what good the purported Bill will do, except to put a muzzle on the illegal activities of the ANC government? Why would the ANC who fought so hard to have the right to "free speech" and "political opinion" now want to enact this Act. This bill flies in the face of democracry!!! And now this "SLAM" on "BLACK TUESDAY"???. lol ... reminds the called "Illegal gatherings" that were prohibited by the Apartheid Government. Seems like the ANC Government is following fast in the footsteps of previous apartheid government! How ridiculous!

  • Marc - 2011-11-21 12:31

    I will certainly be wearing black tomorrow. I remember Black Wednesday. I recall well the Emergency Regulations in the 1980's. Question: What publication of corruption ever came out of a government institution (except the Scorpions)? Answer: None. These stories have ONLY EVER been revealed by the PRESS. This fact is what the Protection of Information Act is all about. It is ironic that this very week, Zuma's spokesman (Mac Maharaj) tried to invoke the very thing this act is intended to do to save his skin. And why is Zuma so quiet about this? He's also guilty.

  • Hennie - 2011-11-21 12:34

    "Apartheids barbaric laws" And now the Gov. is trying to force another "barbaric law" through

  • Ben - 2011-11-21 12:39

    Fitting name. Same draconian law.. Wearing black tomorrow.

  • Warwick - 2011-11-21 12:39

    The only reason the cANCer government wants to censor everything is so they gang rape the state coffers to their hearts content. Also so their total balls up in government and local government are hidden from the taxpayer. Remember where the cANCer government learnt all their lessons, communist East Germany, The old Soviet Union with all it's satalite states, Cuba, North Korea and all the other backward states that were the "bastion" of human rights. Remember the aparheid wall built by East Germany through Berlin and how many people the East Germans gaurds murdered in cold blood trying to escape this wicked and cruel system. For the sake of a free South Africa, wear black.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-21 13:05

      thought zapiro was fitting here http://www.zapiro.com/cartoon/122793-080911mg

  • Caroline - 2011-11-21 12:41

    If anybody is "insulting the victims of apartheid's barbaric laws" and "trivialising" their "deep pain and suffering", it's the ANC. Freedom from exactly this kind of repressive legislation is what the struggle was about, but the ANC have abandoned the principles and the people they fought for in favour of a corrupt and elitist gravy train, which is what they are trying to protect. If the bill goes through it'll be a day of mourning for democracy in South Africa. I'll be wearing black.

  • Marc - 2011-11-21 12:42

    For the silent (and ignorant) majority who do not care about this legislation; whose only concern is whether there'll still be sport and soapies on TV, take not of the title of media academic Neil Postman's book: Amusing Ourselves To Death. Remember also, the bill is not aimed only at the media. It is aimed at your and me -- Mr/Mrs Citizen -- whom the government wants to just pay our taxes, go shoping, watch TV, and "shut the F- up." A happy and ignorant slave's life of "bread and circuses" to be sure.

  • Bryan - 2011-11-21 12:46

    The proposed 'Protection of information bill' is un-constitutional! It completely discriminates against freedom of the press!! If the corrupt slobs in the ANC think that this bill will hide their dirty laundry, they have another thing coming.., you cannot deny a free press.. bring it on Fatcats, your days are numbered..!!!

  • jpelser3 - 2011-11-21 12:52

    Banana Republic! It is oh so obvious...........our beloved country is steadily falling in with the ruins of Africa!

  • Marion - 2011-11-21 12:56

    Here's another thought. I am not a motorist, but in addition to wearing black maybe motorists could drive with their headlights on just as a funeral procession would do? If you do, just remember to switch your headlights off when you park (if they don't do so automatically) otherwise you may have a flat battery - a bit like the ANC whose arguments fall f-l-a-t.

      Shirley - 2011-11-21 14:03

      Good idea! Id paint my cat and bird black if I thought it would heLP!