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Huge turnout for info bill hearing

2012-02-07 11:08

Bloemfontein - There was a huge turnout for a public hearing on the protection of state information bill at the Bloemfontein Town Hall, in Mangaung, on Tuesday.

People started filing into the old town hall an hour before the 09:30 start.

Everyone at the entrance received a copy of the bill and by the time the hearing started the hall was full.

Another public hearing was being held in Phuthaditjhaba, in Qwaqwa, on Tuesday.

Hearings, organised by a parliamentary ad hoc committee, also took place last week in Gugulethu and Thembalethu, in the Western Cape, and in Mthatha and Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.

Among the Mangaung attendees were many people wearing yellow ANC T-shirts. Opposition party members in party colours such as the Democratic Alliance’s blue were also present.

The bill is intended to control the way information is shared or classified.

Media houses are concerned that it does not allow for a defence of public interest relating to the possession of documents that are classified.

Comments
  • Allen - 2012-02-07 11:53

    Wow!I am suprized that we are allowed to know where the hearing is held

      Keelvol - 2012-02-07 12:46

      stan - leer om te spel domgat

      RobertKeeling - 2012-02-07 13:12

      Ah - but the proposed bill is not law yet. Once they have railroaded the bill through parliament, then they won't tell you the venue, only if you have a party T shirt will you be advised!

  • Alfred Neumann - 2012-02-07 11:59

    I still can't get my head around the fact that there are people out there blissfully supporting the destruction of their own constitutional rights. That's a whole new level of stupid, even for the 'gifted' minions of the ANC.

      Herman - 2012-02-07 12:18

      So true Alfred.....SA is a lost case with these idiots.

  • roodbol - 2012-02-07 12:10

    I spoke to an educated African yesterday... he wishes for the death penalty to come back [so do many, many others, according to him]. He works for the same company 35 yrs with no problems i.e. management or clients. His Afrikaans and English are super good and his knowledge of the products he sell refreshing to customers like me who have to deal with dumb people. He tells me the worst clients he has are the Africans who seem to think they are part of the black upper class - rude, don't qualify for credit [although persistant they can afford all the numerous accounts and more than one bond ...]. We're not the only ones facing irritations in this country.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-07 12:14

    Interesting choice of towns/venues for these meetings to be held, I wonder why?? Stupid, corrupt ANC!!!

  • nishaatf - 2012-02-07 12:14

    @Alfred Neumann Agreed 100% ... Most of those people dont evan now why they there, last week they also had a meeting regarding the bill , and the people there was complaining about the living inviroment :(

  • Brian - 2012-02-07 13:36

    Was KFC free issue if you arrived with an ANC tee shirt

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