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MPs cry foul as ANC starts voting on info bill

2011-05-24 22:43

Cape Town - Acrimony erupted over the protection of information bill on Tuesday as the ANC began voting in its proposals for the contentious draft law, leaving opposition MPs and activists to cry foul.

Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier said the ruling party appeared to be reneging on concessions that it made before Parliament went into recess for the municipal elections.

"It appears that they are trying to take back the concessions they made now that the elections are over," he said after a tense meeting of the ad hoc committee drafting the bill was adjourned until Thursday.

The ANC voted to remove a clause of the bill that it had proposed to include last year and that stipulated that it must be harmonised with the Protection of Access to Information Act.

This would have opened a back door to a public interest override clause contained in the act, allowing argument that information must be declassified for the public good.

But on Tuesday the ANC made clear that it was not open to persuasion on insistent calls to include a clause that would allow reporters facing prosecution for revealing secret information to argue that they had acted in the public interest.

"The ANC is digging its heels in on the basis that we cannot find support for that in international best practice," the chairperson of the committee Cecil Burgess, told MPs.

His declaration that he would not allow debate on the bill to continue forever, but put contentious clauses to vote caught the opposition, which is up against an ANC majority in the committee, by surprise.

"If there is no consensus we will vote on the matter and move on. There is no way we are going to have 100% consensus on everything," he said.

He rejected a call by the Democratic Alliance for further discussion on a clause stating that all organs of state had the right to classify information.

Application

If organ of state is defined as in the Constitution, this would give 1 001 entities, ranging from government departments to state theatres and zoos, the power to classify.

DA MP Dene Smuts said the provision flouted the constitutional requirement for transparency.

"Surely it is a drafting mistake," she said.

"The blanket application is what makes the bill unconstitutional because it cultivates opacity and that leads to an abuse of power."

Burgess replied that the committee had been assured by the state law advisor that the bill would pass constitutional muster.

Maynier said that before the recess the ANC had seemed amenable to discussion on this point too.

The meeting ended after opposition parties protested that they had not yet had not had insight into the amendments the ANC were putting to the vote, and felt the party's MPs could not substantiate.

Inkatha Freedom Party MP Mario Oriani Ambrosini said the MPs on the other side of the floor did not seem up to dealing with the issues at hand.

"The ANC MPs seem to lack the understanding to deal with a bill of this complexity," he said.

Chaotic

The ANC agreed to provide the opposition with a full list of its proposals on Wednesday before work on the bill continues on Thursday.

All opposition parties said there was a need for further debate on key parts of the bill and accused Burgess of failing to understand normal parliamentary process for finalising legislation.

Steve Swart, from the African Christian Democratic Party, said it was not acceptable to vote on individual clauses before considering the overall implication of proposed amendments for a bill as a whole.

Smuts agreed, saying: "Voting comes right at the end. First we seek wisdom and talk to each other."

Allison Tilley from the Right to Know campaign described the handling of the bill as "the most chaotic process I have seen.

"Voting comes at the end, after you have considered all the implications. And when you vote, you begin by looking at the definitions, otherwise you do not know what you are legislating," she said.

Tilley was referring to the definition of organs of state, which would crucially determine the scope of the bill.

Deadlines for finalising the bill have come and gone since last year when the wide powers the bill seeks to give the state to classify information sparked a national outcry.

It was widely condemned as an attempt to muzzle the media and curtail criticism of the government.

In response, the government agreed to remove provisions allowing for information to be classified in the "national interest" or for commercial information to be kept secret.

But critics believe the bill remains unconstitutional and if passed in its current form, it is likely to be challenged in court.

Comments
  • POLLENYS - 2011-05-24 22:53

    Well, they blame their lost votes on the media because many of their shenanigans were reported. Rather than cleaning up their act, they will muzzle the press. We are heading for a dictatorship.

      Beam me up - 2011-05-24 22:57

      and sooner than we think.

      Dundermoose - 2011-05-24 23:22

      Yup. And so it begins...

      Creeky - 2011-05-25 00:01

      And I was almost LYNCHED this mornng when I said THIS BILL WILL GO AHEAD!!!! Rather move to a 1st World Country, where the word "FREEDOM" just means that.... No muzzled press, or speech! This is the final DOWNWARD SPIRAL that SA will suffer, before turning into a DICK-TATORSHIP!!!!!! Watch this space!!!!

      Creeky - 2011-05-25 00:03

      Look at it this way, they cannot control the INTERNET, unless they shut it down.. Till then we will still have Blogsites like this!

      clark - 2011-05-25 00:06

      - Stealthy, sinister and surreptitious manoeuvring by this evil Anc. Constitution - democracy - press freedoms. They will trash and trample on those pillars of a civil,open and transparent society, to satisfy their lust for power and control. Just one more step toward tyranny.

      The Question - 2011-05-25 00:25

      The internet may be out of their control for now but what happens if they go ahead with their potential plans to bring in the internet surveillance system like China's 'Great Firewall' which effectively controls and censors information the government doesn't want the people to know? What will happen to us bloggers then? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Firewall_of_China

      LUFC - 2011-05-25 00:33

      Then im gone

      Benzo - 2011-05-25 01:56

      I think we must (1) invite the peple from Wikileak to assist. (2) establish a new liberation movement and (3) report this development to SA donors with the request to hold back all comitted funds (4) start withholding all taxes due.

      Frungy - 2011-05-25 01:59

      @Creeky - Look at it this way, they cannot control the INTERNET, unless they shut it down.. You're an optimist. Naah, instead they'll let you post what you like then one night the security police will arrive and you're location will be "classified".

      Tamara - 2011-05-25 03:13

      It may be a case of one small voice at the moment, but I am making an effort to get the message out there, about what's happening in SA today. Take a look at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/home.php?sk=group_174144269309193&view=doc&id=174161229307497, if you're interested in getting involved in getting back to the ideals that we had when the Rainbow Nation was first born.

      Aish - 2011-05-25 06:55

      And guess who the dictators going to be.... Mr Malema!!!

      kefentse - 2011-05-25 07:19

      @Creeky, remember you voted? ...and how is it dictatorship when you freely casted your vote?

      umlaut - 2011-05-25 07:34

      Yes we are heading that way-- and just as the Arab world is getting rid of dictatorships. This undemocratic, seeking confrontation move by the anc is provocative as to force the citizens to react in some violent way and that will suit them fine because then they declare a state of emergency and any law will be pushed through. Welcome to the DEMONCRACY OF SA. Zuma is also personally pushing for the persecution of opposition municipalities on false accuzations of corrupt administration (Midvaal) as to take over the administration and then no journalist can question it because it is sensitive secret information. He will also have his corrupt charges against him declared classified. Only enemies of democracy will do the things the anc is doing. These comment sites will also be closed down and the the news groups will be too scared to run them--because, how are they going to control you, saying classified things on these sites. The sad part is we can see where it is going but you can't do anything about it, but to get your money out and pack your bags.

      Creeky - 2011-05-25 08:07

      kefentse.... what took place LAST WEEK... is water under the bridge! Now that the elections are OUT THE WAY, the ANC can get back to NORMALITY and RAPE AND PLUNDER as they WISH.... and we the people can do sweet fuggal about it! Why has this bill been 'brought forward' and 'bulldozed' thru? Remember the Tollgate saga in Jhb- Pta? See how quick that is going to be put into motion.... WITHOUT DEBATE!!!! Plus the 66c might even climb to over 70c/km... and what can you do about it? Sweet Fuggal!!!! And you voted for them.... mhf!

      50something - 2011-05-25 08:19

      @ Kafentse - Yes we voted, but if would have been a different outcome if the ANC stay-away voters had the guts to vote for another party. They are cowards, rather than voting for another party because they are unhappy with the ANC, they just stayed away. That is why the ANC lost support.

      clifford.pike1 - 2011-05-25 10:57

      It's the same old, tired story - rehashed and with a new cast of players. Those in power want to stay in power as much as those who crave power seek to wield it.

      Meanleader - 2011-06-14 13:27

      Constitutional court here we come ...this legislation won't make it past the post ! Injunct the bill indefinitely with court action !!!!!

  • MeltB - 2011-05-24 23:35

    Zim HERE WE COME!!!

      Benzo - 2011-05-25 01:57

      seesm we are there already

  • Spyker May - 2011-05-24 23:35

    You have to ask yourself how we went from the ANC of Nelson Mandela, in 1994 to the ANC Protection of Information Bill, in 2011..? How does a “LIBERATION” movement pass a law that is in direct contradiction with the constitution they fought- and died for..? Perhaps the rumours are true: Nelson Mandela did not vote for the ANC in 2011...

      whatashame - 2011-05-25 01:22

      @ Spyker May I'm wondering too. Just when you think it can't get worse it does.

      ZipZap - 2011-05-25 06:38

      oh please, mandela fits the anc perfectly. Why do you think he is any different? He is also a murderer and will need to answer soon! mwuahaha.

      matla - 2011-05-27 10:01

      Spyker, the only institution vested with authority to pronounce on the unconstitutionality of the bill is the Constitutional court, and not you moron

      youcantrunyoucanthide - 2011-05-31 20:40

      Mandela... Church street bomb... Civilians killed... Terrorism... Google... Time to catch a wake-up! Its really not that difficult, if you try, to see that Mandela was just a poser.

  • Markusman - 2011-05-24 23:41

    I refuse to believe it. I remain optimistic that this will be challenged in ConCourt and dismissed. How is it public interest to withhold information from us? surely it is in the public interest to have PUBLIC information available (ie; gov-a public entity that works for us) and what exactly are the examples of "international best practice?"

      Jade - 2011-05-25 00:09

      Me too Markusman, if we just roll over in complacency we stand to lose so much. Surely this wouldn't hold any weight in the Constitutional Court? I personally feel like my freedoms and rights are being eroded every time I see or hear about this mentioned somewhere. We need to challenge this every step of the way. The only possible reason why the ANC are pushing this is because they have nothing to lose and everything to gain from it's successful passing, which in itself should make us realise that it's to our (the public's) detriment. We all suspect, no sorry we all KNOW this is the case and yet so little is being done about it! WHY?!?!?!?!? I'm very worried, we should all be!

      Tamara - 2011-05-25 03:16

      Engage the foreign media! I just wrote a piece, that I've submitted to the New York Times Opinion Editorial desk for review, and possible inclusion. We need international support if we're ever going to see positive change in SA, that takes us back to the non racial ideal that was the Rainbow Nation. Take a look at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/home.php?sk=group_174144269309193&view=doc&id=174161229307497 if you like, and join up! Together we CAN make a difference!

      umlaut - 2011-05-25 07:42

      When this is declared a state of emergency the concourt is run by Cele.

      Dave - 2011-05-25 07:53

      Personally, I have no doubt it could ever get passed the ConCourt, but that will take how long? In the mean time the corruption will have escaled to critical levels.....

      World Traveler - 2011-05-25 10:04

      @Tamara - Yes I agree. Wind the foreign press up, they got the anc in, they can hold them to the original freedom principals. Make this a priority!

  • Jacques - 2011-05-24 23:41

    The final nail in the new South Africa... Was fun knowing ya'll

  • The Question - 2011-05-24 23:54

    The ANC claim that a vote for them is a vote for 'true' democracy, but what's democratic about a government that wishes to pass a bill that will allow them to quickly classify anything we have a real right to know about as a secret and any attempts to reveal such important information lands you in prison? How is this any different than life under the old regime where information was also kept classified and tightly controlled by the government on behalf of "the people's best interests"? The government is not superior to the people they serve. They should be acting in the people's best interests and not catering to their own secret agendas.

      umlaut - 2011-05-25 07:44

      The anc told the truth--in THEIR eyes they are a true democracy THE AFRICAN WAY.

  • Yrrab - 2011-05-24 23:59

    No matter how noble the original intentions, the seductions of power can turn any movement from one seeking equal rights to one that would deny them to others. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever...

      The Question - 2011-05-25 00:04

      I couldn't agree more... Power and authority corrupts so easily... especially if left unchecked...

      Yrrab - 2011-05-25 00:15

      The ANC… A revolutionary organization whose members fought for freedom, won it… and then began passing laws to get rid of it.

      The Question - 2011-05-25 00:27

      That's what's so crazy about their plan. So many suffered to bring down the old regime and start this country over in the right direction. How does this honour their sacrifices?

      clark - 2011-05-25 00:52

      - Yrrab- A perfect summing up of the Anc. There is no end to the Anc's lust for power and dominance .

      Yrrab - 2011-05-25 00:57

      It doesn't honour anything! We tend to forget that the ANC was and is a communist revolutionary organization... It needs revolution and conflict to survive otherwise there is no purpose for it's existence! The ANCYL is the training ground for young revolutionaries and future leaders of the ANC, this is what they do and is also why the ANC cannot govern or implement a truly democratic parliament. They have never been trained to govern, instead what we see is a revolutionary force, needing to keep a dead revolution alive, thereby justifying their actions and existence! The thing that the ANC and the vast majority of this country cannot see is that communism has NEVER brought relief from oppression or prosperity to the masses anywhere it has been adopted. It has brought only atrocity into the world. Communism has not brought any form of relief to the majority as promised, nor has it ended oppression as purposed. It has only served to remove Morality from the masses -- a dangerous and costly experiment. If one understands that socialism is not a share-the-wealth program, but it is in reality a method to consolidate and control the wealth, then the seeming paradox of super-rich men promoting socialism becomes no paradox at all. Instead it becomes logical, even the perfect tool of power seeking megalomaniacs. Communism, or more accurately socialism, is not a movement of the downtrodden masses, but of the economic elite.

      The Question - 2011-05-25 01:11

      Absolutely correct... socialism creates the illusion that everyone is on equal ground, but in reality places control in the hands of those in power and therefore under their authoritarian control... and once in power, they never want to relinquish it for any reason and continually try to justify their actions as being for the greater good of the people... when in fact it only serves to further their own goals and agendas.

      whatashame - 2011-05-25 01:43

      @ Yrrab That's why I will never allow my children to go to any ANC rally. They are born frees and have had a decent but humble upbringing. When my son became old enough to vote, I encouraged him to go out and get his own perspective on voting choices. He came back from the ANC rally all hyped up, militant, bitter and racist. The first and the last. I am not denying them freedom of choice, I am denying them indoctrination.

      lotus.lindi - 2011-05-26 21:16

      Agree with last sentiment. But this originally "noble" organisation has always had communist-party card-carrying members as leaders. How many noble or freedom-loving communist states can you think of? ...Hmm. Me neither.

      Jannie - 2011-05-27 11:15

      Yes, we all have equal rights as stated by the ANC, and it does not matter that they are more "equal" than the rest of us. We have one bucket of equality which is equal to one of their buckets and it does not matter, according to them, that they have more than one bucket,

  • JewelZA - 2011-05-25 00:14

    Yep here we go. Muzzle the media, send the SIU after the only council that had a 100% pass mark from the A-G 8yrs running, do nothing more than "distancing" at outright hate speech, renege on deals with citizens within days of securing their votes. Moscow taught you well but your ideas and methods are about 100yrs out of date.

      umlaut - 2011-05-25 09:10

      @goddok--The anc members who might want to vote against this will be too scared to do so--they will be chucked out in no time, and they probably have been promised massive bonusses to get this through.(bonusses paid with your/our tax money.

  • Paul - 2011-05-25 00:22

    The headline should read: "SOUTH AFRICA BEGINS TO LOSE ITS VOICE"

      Goddok - 2011-05-25 00:56

      It should read: MPs to vote for a dictatorship!!!!

      umlaut - 2011-05-25 09:06

      The west must make a rule against this attack on press freedom---stating----NO PRESS FREEDOM FOR SOUTH AFRICANS--THEN-- NO FREEDOM TO TRAVEL FOR THE ANC.

  • saxor - 2011-05-25 01:10

    Dictatorship here it starts

  • Truth24 - 2011-05-25 03:34

    I'm out of words.

      FarmerBrown - 2011-05-25 04:55

      Problem is truth .... ANC guys keep quite when it counts. These are the very decisions that will haunt all of us. Ultimately the control that the ANC gain from this will be our downfall.

  • sainsaudi - 2011-05-25 05:52

    Maybe the ANC should start in its own backyard and set up guidelines for its own members on how to behave in public and how to speak in public. These should be drawn up so that even the least educated can understand where their freedom of speech ends and their responsiblities begin. If they all behaved in a manner befitting the provisions laid out in The Constitution, it would then be unnecessary to even have to table a bill such as this. As things stand now, the ANC leaders attract cricisism every time they open their mouths. All it takes is a little more honesty, a little more integrity, self-discipline, respect and being responsible, thereby attractiong praise rather than critisism. Unfortunately, this is an example of the Tokholoshe Syndrome that infects the ANC - it's never one's self who is to blame. It's other people. In this instance, it's the Whites and the Media. Once those two Tolholoshes are under control, who will they blame next? The Sothos?It shows that the ANC is paranoid. They are afraid of the truth.

  • Saamprater - 2011-05-25 06:00

    Who will decide what is in National interest or not? This whole Bill smells of a cover up by the ANC.

  • abrham - 2011-05-25 06:23

    die poppe begin dans - with their majority mandate in the election the anc will bully whoever stands in their way - viva big brother viva

  • BigD - 2011-05-25 06:29

    This bill will fail because of the internet. People will just send leaked info to overseas press. Once SA is openly seen as muzzeling freedom of press and people right to know then pressure will mount on anc to stop their nonsence. SA will start to find out what it feels like to be left in the cold. This bill is been used as a tool to stop people giving info about corrupt officials and deals. But when the info hits international press and names and facts are published these people could be very embarressed.

      umlaut - 2011-05-25 08:06

      Hopefully the West will stop allowing these dictators and racists to visit their countries. Shame , where will Winnie go for her yearly 360 days overseas holidays.?.

      TamaraSays - 2011-05-25 14:42

      Umlaut, don't rely on the international community to wake up on their own. Do what I am doing - email every signatory on to the Genocide Convention's foreign affairs department. Harass minority rights groups. Write articles for international media sites. The only way we can get people to understand what is happening in SA, and why it needs to be stopped, is to wave it constantly in their faces. If you're on facebook, join Rainbow Revolution, and I will keep you posted on what we're doing.

  • Born To Fish - 2011-05-25 06:31

    It is all downhill.....

  • ZipZap - 2011-05-25 06:37

    what a joke. I guarantee 90% of the cattle in parliament dont even know what they are voting for. Just a typical, hands up everyone, baa aaaa exercise. Jeez this country is heading downhill and FAST!

      Creeky - 2011-05-25 06:46

      The 90% are TOLD WHAT TO DO!!!! And GOD help them if they don't!

  • The Odd One Too - 2011-05-25 06:40

    It's the Nats, just with very heavy tans. If they pass this law they can forget about getting truthful tax returns from me ever again. I will be declaring my income as secret.

      Born To Fish - 2011-05-25 06:47

      Previously it wa grey men in black suits, now it it is black men in grey suits....

      umlaut - 2011-05-25 07:48

      You won't have an income comrad.

  • byblos - 2011-05-25 06:44

    This approach to the Access to Information Bill and Zuma's decreed investigation into MidVaal (how many other {ANC} Municipalities would merit such investigation) are powerful indicators that internally the ANC believes it "lost" the Municipal Elections. However, it has chosen the stick rather than the carrot to bring the electorate into line - such is Africa.

  • thabatao - 2011-05-25 06:49

    After they killed and murdered every white person on the continent. It is coming. They are waiting for the sign. The worst is that the USA sits behind it all. Just sit and watch.

  • Kevin - 2011-05-25 07:00

    anc are so bad. Hello internet ,hello twitter, hello facebook. What about a reporter writing a report from a real democratic country that has real freedom of the press and it just gets reported on..Wikileak's we need you.

  • daaivark - 2011-05-25 07:11

    Hier kom net kak.

  • skully - 2011-05-25 07:20

    Ag don't worry - like the Ryan Giggs issue in the UK we can now start reporting on Twitter. The government won't be able to lock up all the tweeters. But lets face it we have a bunch of wankers in power now

  • kefentse - 2011-05-25 07:27

    @zipzap, and the government before mandela? are they any cleaner? looks like you have a discretionary amnesia.

      Mac - 2011-05-25 08:14

      The whole idea behind the "liberation struggle" was to STOP that kind of kak...not just transfer it for one group to another!

      K_za - 2011-05-26 12:28

      2 wrongs don't make a right-----are you simple?

  • ck - 2011-05-25 07:32

    Sad

  • Shorts1 - 2011-05-25 07:35

    Unfortunately we are now seeing the start of the way in which the ANC are doing everything that they can to destroy democracy. The municipal elections in many parts of South Africa, have shown them that tens of thousands of average, non-racial and pease loving citizens have had enough of their corruption, cadre deployment, self-indulgence, infrastructural mismangement, abuse of public funds etc. The only way that their extremely low levels of intelligence equip them to fight back, is to work towards total control over everything that they can lay their thieving hands on. Next will be the attempted dismantling of the provincial structure. They now realise that this approach has to be implemented well before the next elections. They need to be fought every step of the way.

  • Dean Peters - 2011-05-25 07:36

    Do they really think that a piece of legislation will gag the truth? Isn't it obvious that the sole purpose of this bill is to allow the ruling party to cover up all their shady deals, abuse of power and misuse of taxpayer revenues? Those who vote in favour of this bill, have another agenda and it has nothing to do with their vocations whatsoever.

  • Marcell - 2011-05-25 07:39

    Why moan and bitch? You get what you voted for. ? The masses want anything that belong someone else?

  • Gungets Tuft - 2011-05-25 07:40

    It really does not matter. The days of information protection are over. Being able to pull the wool over everyones eyes as all governments did during the Cold War (and yes - apartheid South Africa!!) is simply not possible now. We all have Wikileaks capability. Internet, email. Twitter (puke - beeejaysaaars it is a horrible concept) - all just waiting for the first person to whisper the secret to their best friend. So - to people like Creeky - 1st World, 3rd World, Turd World - it matters not. Wikileaks has exposed the dirty underwear in every 1st world country on the planet, they ALL had dirty little secrets that they did not voluntarily release. Even ole Squeeky Clean Giggs could not keep a lid on it, despite Super-Injunctions. So - Fear not children. The internet shall set you free!!!

      umlaut - 2011-05-25 10:19

      NO--you will use the internet to "disclose secrets" they will say if you send an sms or e-mail stating something against a dictator,-- he will have you arrested and thrown into a concentration camp where there are no internet or cell phone connections. They will have their spies like Mugabe and Gadaffi and saying anything like the truth and you vanish.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-25 07:41

    The muzzle shouldn't be on the media, but rather on the unruly ANC officials who shoot off their mouth without thinking.. The international media are keeping a close eye on this and we will not allow the PIB to be passed !!!

  • Dan Grey - 2011-05-25 07:42

    Mark my words. History will the remember the ANC as being worse than the Nazi's. The road to which is followed with baby steps. They do not realise the path that they are taking is the same one that the Nazi's did.

      King Solomon - 2011-05-25 09:23

      Unfortunately they do realise it.

  • umlaut - 2011-05-25 07:51

    we are now beginning to hate the day that we voted for a "change" in SA.

  • Clint - 2011-05-25 08:00

    Chimps tea party!

  • garco - 2011-05-25 08:01

    Stop moaning about this shit. why don't you all start educating the not so smart black people about their ANC and what they are up to. These people don't know anything and they are the ones who are going to suffer at the end. They don't know anything about DEMOCRACY. I said months ago, the ANC is no different than the African dictators. Do you really think if ever they are going to lose a national election, do you think they are going to give it up? The opposition is not strong enough against the ANC majority, citizens should act on it. Mandela said once,"This struggle is far from over", "Do to this gov what you did to the apartheid gov" until you're free. we are far from free.

  • GT - 2011-05-25 08:10

    PLEASE - this is the single most important thing happening in SA this year. DO NOT let us slip back into a police state of media repression and government hiding behind BS laws to cover up the lies and theft. The NATS were pro's at this. Cecil Burgess and Cwele should be tried for treason so great is the danger that this poses for the citizens of south africa!

  • Streetdreams - 2011-05-25 08:10

    The truth of the matter is we Black people just vote for the ANC without really looking into the intrest of the country, therefore we are suffering the consequences, that means No more Sunday Times, Mail and Guardian etc ....,.,., but one day it will come to an end , the Corrupt leaders of ANC will regret

  • 50something - 2011-05-25 08:14

    Lying is a cronic illness in the ANC. It is bad for any democracy for the ruling party to have a majority - it equates to a dictatorship.

  • umlaut - 2011-05-25 08:20

    In a few weeks time the internet and cell phone services will probably be closed down--Get your messages out now and buy shortwave radios---(lets hope not)

  • JCWR56 - 2011-05-25 08:25

    I have a suspicion that there is something more sinister behind this Bill than just muzzling the press and hiding dirty deals, corruption etc. I think the ANC have or are about to pull a stunt that would sink them forever if it ever got out.

  • Samora - 2011-05-25 08:26

    Absolute power, corrupts absolutely!!!!

  • Samora - 2011-05-25 08:27

    Absolute power, corrupts absolutely...oops too late, they're already absolutely corrupt, sies maan!!!

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-05-25 08:31

    ANC - Planning damage control by cover up legislation. How transparent ! "It was widely condemned as an attempt to muzzle the media and curtail criticism of the government". What are the ANC hiding ?

      Christo - 2011-05-25 08:45

      Nothing yet. As soon as this bill is in place, they'll hide all their wrong doings. The people won't know about the corruption and thieving in our government. I still cannot believe so many people voted for them...I mean seriously.

  • Richard - 2011-05-25 08:41

    It will be a sad day for South Africa if this bill ever becomes law. God help us all!

  • Carl Muller - 2011-05-25 08:44

    The Whistleblower is the story of how Mike Tshishonga, former Deputy Director-General of the Justice Department, became a victim by blowing the whistle on high-placed corruption and nepotism. It takes an in-depth look at Mike’s life in Venda, his journey to the top echelons of the Justice Department and his subsequent exposure of the corrupt elements within it. Whistleblower explores the Protected Disclosures Act that has been put in place by the South African government to assist South Africans in fighting corruption and nepotism. The book explains in detail how the Protected Disclosures Act and other systems available to the public can help anyone who has been victimised for standing up against corrupt officials.

  • Iran999 - 2011-05-25 08:47

    Iran here I come !!!!

  • htiek - 2011-05-25 08:50

    This will test the Constitutional Courts metal; hopefully this will cut the ANC down to size unless they manage to pull of something as was done to get Mr Zuma his presidency.

  • kuruption88 - 2011-05-25 09:00

    As we approach the event horizon.....

  • King Solomon - 2011-05-25 09:20

    Where has transparency gone?

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-25 09:34

    Too much information available to the people. They will start thinking for themselves. This will lead to anti-ANC sentiments and democracy. The Gravy Train cannot afford this. We must visit Gaddafi and learn from him how to subdue the populace before the next general election.

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-25 09:45

    Socialist creep! This bill now, another later. In no time we will have a totalitarian nazi government.