Right to Know gathers for Durban march

2011-11-05 10:07

About a hundred people from the Right to Know organisation gathered in Durban to march against the Protection of Information Bill.

The marchers were in high spirits as they sang songs calling for the secrecy bill to be aborted.

“Keep the press free,” a placard said.

Members of Right to Know would march from King Dinuzulu Street to hand over a memorandum at Durban city hall. The bill was withdrawn from the parliamentary programme, the ANC said in September.

ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga said at the time that the legislation had been withdrawn for “further consideration” and that “it is not a question of putting it on ice ... There may be a delay.”

He would not confirm news reports that the bill would be withdrawn as a result of a decision taken at an ANC’s national executive committee meeting.

An official announcement would be made later in Parliament.

He said it was a “difficult bill” and that the media and the SA National Editors’ Forum were exaggerating it by calling it a media bill.
It was actually a security bill, said the party’s secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe.

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