Info bill vote starts in Parliament

2011-09-02 11:43

Cape Town - Parliament's ad hoc committee on the protection of information bill began voting on the contentious measure on Friday, signalling the end of drafting and hope for further concessions from the ruling ANC.

DA MP Dene Smuts told colleagues the opposition would "move amendments as we go along".

MPs would then vote on these suggestions, with the ANC expected to prevail because of its majority in the committee.

Before voting began, ANC MP Luwellyn Landers rejected a final plea from Smuts to consider redrafting a clause that imposes prison sentences of up to 25 years for disclosing classified information relating to the intelligence services.

"Would the ANC as a last gesture make the clause applicable only to intelligence agents?" she asked.

Landers said his party would not.

  • daym - 2011-09-02 11:52

    I repeat, ANC is net 'n K*K political party, ran by idiots! wasted 2 votes on them already n that is it!

      Noah - 2011-09-02 12:51

      u r an idiot of the worse kind,u should know our constitution by now.The right to vote for any party you love.why call them buffoons.Please use your brains dude

      Trumpi - 2011-09-02 13:03

      Noah, I think he did use his brain. Did you?

      Da.Liva.Delvira - 2011-09-02 13:15

      Noah... Dude... I think that u should read the Constitutional rights and the Bill of Rights carefully...

      Nero - 2011-09-02 13:28

      Ahh... The true reason for the Lethuli show - to draw attention away from this incredible rape of our system. Well done Juju - mission accomplished. Just look at how many comments on the Juju stories vs. this article. Give yourself a bells fatboy for helping the ANC further rape our democracy.

  • Limpopoist - 2011-09-02 12:02

    ANC are super Crook ,They want everyone to pay attension to malema case while in the meantime they pass aparthied law.... We still have to 2 eye anyway,

      Illuminated - 2011-09-02 12:05

      my thoughts exactly... very convenient this is happening at the same time..

      Limpopoist - 2011-09-02 12:17

      Jacob is somewhere in norway ,while his deputy president also somethere in african land. Now we are been feed with many stories at the sametime( even unnecesarry norway photo in the critical issue is not been high published.

      TheWasp - 2011-09-02 13:01

      Sneaky Sneaky you crooked lying deceitfull ANC Govt.... Pass the Bill while we all focused on Fat Boy.... ANC you are a joke, passing this bill so you can hide your EVERYDAY corruption / fraud / lies / tenders / salary increases etc etc etc Soon your supporters are gonna wake up and you gonna get voted out You cant promise and never deliver forever.... Zuma - the most pathetic useless Pres ever...Bah!!! :(

  • mjabulani1 - 2011-09-02 12:09

    Here we go again... Info bill!!!!!

  • IC1 - 2011-09-02 12:17

    Nice darts New24 moderator, delete my comment if want, the truth hurts

  • AverageJoe - 2011-09-02 12:18

    Smoke and mirrors...

  • maseratifitt - 2011-09-02 12:19

    This is the "Protection of the ANC" Bill. Nothing good can come of this.

      fraidycat - 2011-09-02 13:16

      Nope, this is the beginning of the end of our constitutional rights and freedoms...once this one go through, what will be next on the ANC agenda?

  • sobeit - 2011-09-02 12:22

    Citizens of SA nust not allow the ANC to re-institute apartheid laws under the guise of democracy, they are wanting to hide corrupt dealings and protect the new elite from whistle-blowers and the law.

  • IC1 - 2011-09-02 12:25

    Info Bill is a license to rape and pilliage the countries resources, without fear of reprisal. Please wake up ANC members, you will also be affected by this

  • GT - 2011-09-02 12:28

    Disgraceful. We will see this in the constitutional court in no time getting the face palm it deserves. South Africa - WAKE UP, we are sliding into a very very dark place with this legislation.

  • PetJac - 2011-09-02 12:35

    Apartheid in reverse. Civil war is on the cards.

  • IC1 - 2011-09-02 12:39

    ANC Government "picking a big stick to hit themselves with!"

  • crackerr - 2011-09-02 12:55

    The ANC is digging its own grave. You hide behind secrecy and lies and the day you really need to convince people of the truth you will not be believed. If that truth is important for the country, you ANC RULERS in your comfort zones and the ANC party will be mortally affected by the wrath of the people. Recall the televised scenes of the former Egyptian leader on his bed or stretcher in court behind those bars. A spectacle. Morbidly entertaining. You are not prepared to listen to some good advice from the citizens of this country. You will also not be listened to when the time comes.

  • Julian - 2011-09-02 12:57

    If this passes, it will be taken to the Constitutional Court. What I would like to know is, is there a fighting fund we can contribute to?

      IC1 - 2011-09-02 13:19

      I am in

  • Dambuza - 2011-09-02 13:04

    section 41(1)(a) of the Constitution state that the all spheres of government should provide TRANSPARENT government for the Republic, now that makes me wonder if the info bill doesnt violate that clause, or mybe the lawmakers already know this but would rather risk wasting our money at the Con.court when afriforum or right2know choose to challenge this would-be law.

      Da.Liva.Delvira - 2011-09-02 13:17

      I kinda agree with you Dambuza

      fraidycat - 2011-09-02 13:20

      @Dambuza - the ANC is testing the waters with this bill - when they get it through, the scary question is what other changes to the constitution will be pushed through in this smoke and mirrors fashion? Wake up SA, the ANC is robbing us of our constitutional freedoms!

  • Conscience - 2011-09-02 13:07

    Well everyone fusses and fights over the whole ANCYL issue - the real threat to democracy carelessly moves forward under the radar. Props to the ANC - your diversion seems to be working.

  • carjan - 2011-09-02 13:08

    This legislation is by it's nature bad in law and gestapo like. It's only to protect the bribery and corruption. It should be nullified by the Con Court if it ever reaches the statutes.

      fraidycat - 2011-09-02 13:23

      True, but problem is the Con Court now beats the ANC drum with the ANC appointed puppet. So that these types of constitutional changes can be forced through without opposition!

      fraidycat - 2011-09-02 13:24

      We can no longer use the Con Court as weapon against unconstitutional changes - the ANC and Zuma has seen to that. ANC members should not feel so smug, as they are also going to loose their freedoms

  • IC1 - 2011-09-02 13:22

    This is an act of agression on the people of RSA by it's own government. People of SA need to fight this.

  • Foom - 2011-09-02 13:29

    A sad sad day for this democracy. I only hope that this can be redressed by the judiciary.

  • IC1 - 2011-09-02 15:00

    The rats have won this round, damn

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