Secrecy Bill hearings heat up

2012-02-07 15:26

The public hearings on the Protection of State Information Bill in Bloemfontein today got heated when a tiff broke out between the chairperson of the hearing, Nosipho Ntwanambi, and the leader of the DA in the Free State, Roy Jankielsohn.

Jankielsohn called a point of order and accused Ntwanambi of starting a debate with him instead of just allowing him to voice his concerns about the bill. Ntwanambi said all she was trying to do was to tell people that there are laws in place to ensure that people can access information if they want to.
“But instead he (Jankielsohn) accused me of being biased and misinforming people,” she said.

Jankielsohn said it was not the job of the chairperson to start a debate with him. “I was furious. It is not her job to debate my inputs and to take advantage of her position as chairperson,” he said.

Another member of the committee, Grace Boroto, was quick to point out that people should not come and “undermine” members of the committee. She was responding to a member of the public who asked whether members of the ad hoc committee had in fact read the bill.

“We have been briefed and we read the documents,” she reacted sharply.

The city hall, where the hearings took place, was packed and attendees had to be asked several times to refrain from clapping hands and booing.

A second hearing took place in Phuthaditjhaba, QwaQwa, in the Eastern Free State.

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