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Info bill protest in London

2012-09-26 19:53

Cape Town - The DA Abroad will lead a protest on Friday by South Africans living in London against the Protection of State Information Bill.

DA Abroad global chairperson Ludre Stevens said the demonstration at the SA High Commission was a bid to draw attention to the "dangerous" consequences that would follow if Parliament were to pass the current draft of the bill.

"If this secrecy bill were to be enacted in its current form, we might never be able to access the truth of what [really] happened at the Marikana tragedy, or get to the bottom of the controversial arms deal."

The bill has been rewritten extensively but critics say many problem areas remain, notably the lack of a public interest defence for those who publish state secrets to reveal wrongdoing.

It is expected to be adopted by the National Council of Provinces next month and then referred back to the National Assembly before it is signed into law.

The ANC has indicated it is not prepared to make further concessions on the bill, which has arguably prompted more public protest than any other piece of post-apartheid legislation.





Comments
  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-09-26 21:53

    Great stuff thanks South Africans abroad for still remembering your home and helping us

  • zmvulane - 2012-09-27 10:36

    These guys must just read the damn Bill and stop making misguided statements and utterances. Section 19 (3) of the Bill on the "Request for access to classified information and status review" obligates Heads of Organ of State to release or declassify state information if "the public interest in the disclosure of the state information clearly outweighs the harm that will arise from the disclosure". Section 43 of the Bill has been stregnthened to allow people to disclose and be in possession of classisifed state information if the information reveals criminal activity, conceal breaches of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, restrict access to state information in order to limit scrutiny and thereby avoid criticism, the information was classified to prevent embarrassment to a person or organisation, disclosure or possession is protected under the Protected Disclosures Act, or section 159 of the Companies Act! Now what more do they want?

      hugh.olphart - 2012-09-27 15:13

      So you think the opposition didnt read it? What cloud of never never land do you live on?

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-09-27 11:01

    Way to go DA ABROAD xxxxx Viva DA A Viva DA

  • freedom.nation.5 - 2012-09-27 13:37

    viva DA!!!!! BRING THIS COUNTRY TO ORDER

  • mark.richardson.3914207 - 2012-09-29 11:47

    Many more demonstrations will be planned as the racist one party regime steers the country into chaos . With over a million of us living in the UK and Ireland it is a lot more than the ANC was in exile , that tells you how bad the situation is in SA.

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