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Info bill will protect 'silly leaders'

2011-09-17 22:21

Cape Town - Politicians on Saturday joined hundreds of people who marched outside parliament to protest against the controversial secrecy bill which will be tabled in parliament next week.

The African National Congress (ANC) used its majority to push through the protection of information bill which proposes penalties for disclosure and possession of material classified secret.

Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille were among activists opposed to the bill.

"This all-embracing secrecy bill... we smell and suspect is not about the real secrets that must be defended, but it's to prevent those silly leaders who have egg on their face, who have been exposed by the media for doing foolish and embarrassing things," Kasrils told the crowd outside parliament.

Among such things, he said, were "misusing and abusing" tenders and contracts as well as taxpayers' money.

Activists and editors fear the bill will hinder investigations into wrongdoing and affect media reporting.

Kasrils who is a member of the ANC said he felt he had to take part in the march as his concern for the country transcended party loyalty.

"When your mother or father, brother or sister, your family, are doing the wrong thing... you raise your voice and say: 'That is wrong, it must not be done'," he said.

Comments
  • leonard - 2011-09-17 23:16

    Well,well Ronnie,up to now I never had any respect for you but retirement seems to have calmed you down and seems to agree with you.Now that you have seen the light re your ex comrades,try joining another party and help rid SA of the evil that the ANC have become.

      Alice - 2011-09-18 17:14

      Chris, who is paranoid?

      Henk - 2011-09-19 12:40

      Tsotsis, Murderes and all other Criminals hide in bushes, shadows and darkness. You shall know them by their fruits!

  • Geo Farmer - 2011-09-17 23:23

    In four days, the National Assembly could pass a secrecy bill that would undermine South Africa's democracy and Constitution. But the four Chief Whips can stop it: if enough of us urgently join this call to kill this regressive bill, they could think twice about pushing it through. Send an urgent message now to say no to the secrecy law! www.avaaz.org/en/stop the secrecy bill/?vl

      MoaningMan - 2011-09-18 06:37

      Tell us how - German intellectuals before WWII did not raise their voices to stop the rise of Hitler. Will it be the same with Malema?

      androi-d - 2011-09-18 09:10

      I've been to Avaaz and sent my message and emailed the link to all my contacts. How do we find out about these marches? I'm sure there's loads of people like me who will willingly add physical presence to our online opposition to this travesty!

      Alice - 2011-09-18 17:16

      MoaningMan: Absolutely!!! Most things in history. innocent people not expecting to be taken for a ride

      Alice - 2011-09-18 17:17

      BROKEN LINK: www.avaaz.org/en/stop the secrecy bill/?vl

  • leonard - 2011-09-18 00:29

    @Yes.......In anticipation of your coming on line with your black consciousness drivel,how do you react to this news?Or is it now going to be that a white comrade has turned on his black comrades because he is white? Learn from these turn of events,more and more ANC members are waking up to the fact that SA is being "screwed" by the ANC.

      MoaningMan - 2011-09-18 06:39

      Let's hope that it is not too late. I agree that the educated black comrades are starting to realise what they have been supporting.

      leonard - 2011-09-18 07:06

      @me sorry about the lapse in grammar on last post.

  • Lewis - 2011-09-18 07:17

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.....ANC regime is the National Party in disguise.

  • Monika - 2011-09-18 07:34

    The secrecy bill is only conveniently being passed into law now to protect the outcome of the Arms Deal Probe. Put 2 and 2 together. Zuma calls for a probe now as this bill is being passed?????? I smell a rat.

      Dunloos - 2011-09-18 08:07

      can't agree with you more,in fact not one rat but many rats

      Alice - 2011-09-18 17:19

      with a new chief justice

  • Vince York - 2011-09-18 07:52

    Avaaz - South Africa: Stop the Secrecy Bill http://bit.ly/qftBhg

  • AJ2 - 2011-09-18 07:53

    Why stay a member of the party when you acknowledge the leaders are 'silly' and basically putting themselves first. If it bothers you that much Kasrils, then resign from the party - simple.

  • Wessel - 2011-09-18 09:51

    All this 'blapper' remind of a fly with one wing going round and round ...buzzing aimlessly to no account. If the committee that was established to listen to informed, learned individuals from parties and organisations could not put forward enough to 'stop' it at the conception stage...how will an aimless march in the sun do it - pray tell?! If you me or any other organisation out there have nothing to hide or do not act,write with alterior motives in mind why should we bother with this issue? NOW IF YOU SAY LETS MARCH AND PROTEST AGAINST HUNGER AND POVERTY AND EMPTY PROMISES MADE BY THIS GOVERNMENT...I AM FULLY SUPPORTIVE AND WITH YOU! Point is the people that 'bother' about this information bill have most to lose...just putting it out there people.

  • navarac - 2011-09-19 08:57

    I'd like to see every newspaper in the country fill their first two pages with "these are subjects that will be taboo if this bill is passed" then list all possible situations in all government departments. Surely blanket coverage will penetrate somewhere? Tomorrow might be the last opportunity ...

  • George - 2011-09-19 16:28

    Very Clever Zuma.......now you can really hide everything....just as we thought the arms debacle will come into the open...you are going to use this to hide everything...very very sharp

  • Babygal - 2011-09-19 16:56

    I am also a member of the ANC but i disagree with the endosement of that bill, indeed it will undermine and and insult our democracy. we need healthy democracy in this country to keep it alive. I agree with kasrils, this is to protect foolish leaders! who now wants to get away with their foolishness. the sad part is their term will pass and perhaps BE protected by this bill however it will remain standing and it will cost us, we will wake up one and hear that this country is bankrupt. i believe living it as is will protect the economy of this country and its democratic system. otherwise we will turn out like other foolish countries far up Africa. African leaders should stop being greedy and controlling. Yes I AM the member of the ANC in good standing. Sometimes we should learn to articulate on these things in a broader perspective, same will show political maturity, we are all responsible for the well being of this country, which should go beyond just being a member of the ANC. My main interest is smooth running of this country and my loyalty is with whoever can do that without infringing other peoples rights.

  • mr.mike - 2011-09-19 19:41

    'Politicians should be transparent in their dealings! They should go for classes on this.

  • Nicola - 2011-09-20 13:07

    Wake up South-Africa it's time to forget racism and unite against something that could affect the whole country.

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