Protest outside ANC's Pretoria offices

2011-11-22 09:29
Pretoria - A small group of picketers gathered outside the ANC's offices in Pretoria on Tuesday, in protest over the protection of state information bill (POIB).

The bill, which has been severely criticised, is set to be voted upon by members of the National Assembly later on Tuesday.

Picketers mostly wearing black with cellotape across their mouths carried placards which read "Don't Back Aparthate [sic]; "Liar Liar Pants on Fire"; "No Information Means No Accountability"; and "THINK, it's not illegal yet".

Protester Anna Brown said: "In the old days there was a communist under every bed. Now it seems like there is a spy under every bed."

The Pretoria librarian said she believed the proposed law would be used to cover up corruption.

"So many instances of wrongdoing have come to light. This will stop it. We are not at war. There is no reason for this secrecy," she said.

Passing motorists and pedestrians were handed pamphlets by campaigners from anti-bill lobby group Right2Know.

In Johannesburg a group of people also dressed in black, protested outside the ANC's headquarters in Sauer Street.

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