Committee on state information bill to hold first of a series of meetings today

2013-03-14 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The National Assembly’s ad hoc committee on the Protection of State Information Bill will hold the first of a series of meetings today to consider far-reaching changes to the bill.

The amendments were made by a committee of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), which passed its final report on the bill in November.

Under parliamentary rule 207, the National Assembly’s committee is restricted to adopting or rejecting these changes and may not propose new ones.

The DA yesterday praised changes made last year by NCOP lawmakers, notably a clause that seeks to protect those who reveal classified information to bring to light a crime.

It was one of a raft of concessions made by ANC lawmakers that included removing a clause that would have made the new legislation trump the Promotion of Access to Information Act and giving the public protector and other chapter nine institutions the right to be in possession of classified information.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.