Info bill: ANC accused of not doing enough

2011-06-25 14:45

Johannesburg - Concessions made by the ANC in respect of the protection of information bill did not go far enough to address the real concerns raised about the bill, the IFP said on Saturday.

The three real concerns remained unaddressed, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) spokesperson Mario Oriani-Ambrosini said in a statement.

"Concessions need to be made to the cause of democracy by making provision for a public interest defence which enables people releasing information in the public interest not to be jailed for up to 20 years."

It was also important to eliminate the provisions which make the minister of intelligence responsible for the implementation of the secrecy law for each department to which it applies when these departments were not part of the intelligence apparatus, he said.

"The concessions made [on Friday] by the African National Congress reduce the scope of application of the bill, the legislation will nonetheless apply by duty or by option to departments other than the intelligence apparatus which requires what has become known as the ‘stasi provision’ to be repealed," Oriani-Ambrosini said.

The ANC bowed to pressure by activists, academics, journalists and former ministers by scrapping three clauses in the bill to bring the legislation in line with the Constitution.

It agreed to scrap mandatory prison sentences for possessing and publishing secret information and to limit the power to classify to state security bodies.

It had previously sought to extend this power to all 1 001 existing organs of state, prompting fears of a return to apartheid-era state secrecy and an onslaught on media freedom.

The ANC also agreed to appoint a retired judge to hear any appeal to a refusal for access to classified information. Previously it placed this power with the state security minister.

  • HerrCranium - 2011-06-25 15:17

    ive found a link that had a lot of information about the bill and how they will chance it

  • Macho Mike - 2011-06-25 15:21

    If the ANC had their way there would be no Info Bill - only a Secrets Bill.

      evanknowles - 2011-06-25 15:41

      And we wouldn't know about it.

      R.Suppards - 2011-06-25 16:20

      Quite right Mike, The "Parliamentary Persons" appointed by the ANC will NEVER go against the POLITBURO as their meal tickets depend on it. Should change the name of Parliament to The House of ANC Dominated Political Prostitution. Just see how these well fed, well travelled,BROWN NOSES ( no pun intended) will now agree with the revised ANC position on the Info (Read SECRECY)Bill. Remember it is OUR tax money that keep these leeches on their Parliamentary benches.

  • World Traveler - 2011-06-25 15:43

    Best defense is to vote DA and take the government away from those totalitarian jack-asses! Start the next election campaign NOW!

      Macho Mike - 2011-06-25 15:53

      Good idea, but how do you change the minds of sheep? Blaaaaaaaaaah, Blaaaaaaaaaah

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-06-25 16:11

      WE know that.....The millions however, will take some convincing ! Not in our lifetime, not with Juluis spewing & promising. The messiha for the masses, will lead them into the promised land ! Sigh !

  • John Paul - 2011-06-25 16:30

    The ANC ( Abortion Murder Genocide ) wants the powers of their daddy the KGB.

      stuart.steedman - 2011-06-25 17:07


  • sikhumbuzo.qwabe - 2011-06-27 15:31

    Collectively the National Assembly must take blame of the Info Bill. As much as the ANC is in majority but truly speaking every individual must participate, maybe public participation should accord the layman to participate. Advocacy must also be in other languages such as IsiZulu and others. Bills must be explained in simplest terms. At present few people just decide what is right or wrong while the majority questions the very existance of the debate. Ordinary people dont know or understand the wrongness in the Bill because no one is explaining it in a language we can understand.

  • Anonymous123 - 2011-07-30 14:23

    Anonymous South Africa to raise world wide awareness for government corruption and censorship in South Africa and provide information on how to protest in relative safety see.

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