ANC calls for submissions on info bill

2011-09-27 12:34

Cape Town - The ANC has set up a committee to consider further public submissions on the protection of state information bill after postponing the parliamentary vote on the bill last week.

"The committee will be responsible for co-ordinating public engagement with representatives from civil society, non-governmental and community-based organisations and interested individuals on the draft bill," the office of ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga said on Tuesday.

The committee would hold public meetings across the country to hear people's views on the bill.

A special ANC study group would consider written and oral submissions from interested parties in Parliament.

Submissions should be e-mailed to, faxed to 086 7316737 or mailed to ANC Information Bill Office, Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, PO Box 15, Cape Town, 8001.

Enquiries about the process could be directed to Silverton Ntushelo on 021 4032643.

The bill seeks to regulate the classification of state information, but it has drawn unprecedented opposition with critics saying it fails to balance the need to protect national security with the constitutional imperative of transparency.

  • kalabafazi - 2011-09-27 12:45

    Here's my submission: F@%K YOU!!!

      Servaas - 2011-09-27 12:46

      Agreed. F the entire ANC from Zuma all the way down to MAlema.. Bunch of criminals.

      kalabafazi - 2011-09-27 12:56

      @ Moron. Same submission to you.

      Bardy - 2011-09-27 12:58

      The uneducated majority will vote in favour of the bill and the public will then never know of any future ANC corruption. Well done Zuma. This was a well thought up plan. There goes the investigations into the arms deal. There goes more tenders to ANC family members. There goes our country! Here is my submission: I don't give a F anymore! You f'ed up the country to the point of no return already. This will not make a difference. Go ahead you moronic dimwits!

      Servaas - 2011-09-27 13:08

      @Moron: What about these whites don't care what you clowns incl ANC have to say do you not understand? All we do is laugh at your stupidity.. All the ANC is and will be is a joke.. Respect is earned.. I respect a street dog eating garbage more then I respect the ANC and little woodwork failing fart face and lets not forget little showerhead that cant even pass gr10!

      Servaas - 2011-09-27 13:10

      A special ANC study group" What is wrong with that sentence?? ANC & Study.. lol... OR a "special" anc study group. lol... Maybe it includes all the wood work failing malema's..

      Lab-Rat - 2011-09-27 13:12

      Yeah, F them with a splintered broomstick!

      Et.1 - 2011-09-27 13:12

      Yes Moron. F%@k you

      Jack TheOnlyRipper - 2011-09-27 13:45

      A genuine call to get crewed over with a 19inch double barrel cock. Bend over and pick up the soap Joe-Public....

      sganja - 2011-09-27 13:55

      kalabafazi I think you can state your views without using offensive language....

      kalabafazi - 2011-09-27 14:09

      I most definitely could sganja, but apparently saying the f word helps to relieve tension. It also sounds way better than "go away" or "intercourse you".

      Looking@SA - 2011-09-27 14:10

      @kalabafazi et al. I not sure that I would waste my energy on an explicative but rather on fighting this one. Afriforum wants to take the "Shoot the boer" to the UN you might want to consider sharing this one with the world as well. As I've said on this forum before the west feels more than a little responsible for the creation of a "free SA" and would like to see it stay free. This bill is the beginning of a slippery slope toward totalitarian rule. That would link you more closely with so many african nations that are dictatorships rather than with a free society. But maybe that is what Malema is talking about with his "African agenda." This is certainly one that should be fought and not just screamed about here on this forum.

      kalabafazi - 2011-09-27 14:30

      @Looking@SA - Maybe I'm to cynical to believe that no matter what we submit by e-mail, fax or post to this committee the ANC will still push through the bill by majority vote. There is no independence to the committee as it is made up of ANC members and transparency is a term loosly bandied around by politicians and means very little. So in this case I will continue using my exemplitives for no other reason than to vent my frustration.

      angie - 2011-09-27 15:16

      This is all just a smokescreen to take away the attention of the Malema disciplinary hearing. What the hell happened to that investigation?????

  • mac-sdi - 2011-09-27 12:46

    I hope this is a genuine call and the submissions will be given the correct attention. We've seen in the past where the public was fooled into thinking their views matter - Scorpions..??

  • Flamewulf - 2011-09-27 12:49

    This is good news. Here's our chance to turn the bill to our favour.

      Bardy - 2011-09-27 13:20

      It's a scam Flamewulf. Do you really think our vote will be counted?

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-27 12:50

    People have the email address, now is your chance. Send your submissions:

      Bardy - 2011-09-27 13:17

      Why waste your energy @ Currie_Mafia. You know the bill will be passed. They will say the votes were in favor and do as they please. Our educated votes will be seen by ghost eyes. This is just a scam to let the public think that they had a chance to make a difference.

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-09-27 12:56

    Wow - is this an about-face or what? We, the public who have you as the government of the day want to know what is happening in our country and the world at large. We do not want to be told that certain information is privileged. We do not want secrecy. When anyone (and I mean ANYONE) is involved with illegal or immoral activities - we want to know. We do not want to return to days when we will be treated like babies and shielded from the truth (no matter how ugly it may be). We want transparency! We want true democracy! We want accountability! We do not want people who become aware of "underhandedness" or illegal "activities" to become the persecuted. We want honesty! We want to feel free in our own country. We want to feel that we can trust one-another. I could go on-and-on, but I think you get the picture!

  • crackerr - 2011-09-27 13:02

    Secrets are for little boys and girls and for unfaithful grown-ups and skelms. People must question the assumption that the state and privileged individuals are entitled to secrets at all except if secrecy is needed in the most pressing situations. And then only if the situation is independently verified as so pressing. Of course dishonesty will never qualify as a pressing situation.

  • Servaas - 2011-09-27 13:05

    "A special ANC study group" What is wrong with that sentence?? ANC & Study.. lol... OR a "special" anc study group. lol... Maybe it includes all the wood work failing malema's.. LOL. ANC is and always will remain a joke!!

      vasti - 2011-09-27 13:29

      Wrong Servaas, it is not studying, they are looking!

  • kalabafazi - 2011-09-27 13:15

    "Enquiries about the process could be directed to Silverton Ntushelo on 021 4032643" Your call is important to us. Please hold....

      Bardy - 2011-09-27 13:21

      Your call will be answered in approximately 45 minutes. Please be patient!

  • Julian - 2011-09-27 13:25

    Here's my submission: scrap the ENTIRE Bill, go back to the Drawing Board, and come back with something that can't be used to cover up incompetence or malfeasance. Although I think Hell will freeze over before you listen.

  • zestful - 2011-09-27 13:26

    read my comments at "ANC DENIES KZN ANCYL DISBANDING " 26 sept

  • africanwolf - 2011-09-27 13:28

    Scrap the bill end of story

  • zestful - 2011-09-27 13:32

    will government kindly inform the people via radio and television on the dates of these that the people can be active participants in these discussions...will they , as per whenever there is a march, make transport available to transport the people to these venues...should government meet these requirements..then I am sure that the people will be heard .. and government can at these meetings experience first hand the power of the people.. I am confident that should the above be possible, that this proposed bill will not evev make it to parliament after these meetings.....

  • zestful - 2011-09-27 13:36

    why is it that an ANC study group will conduct these meetings ...why not for once have an independent group, ANC , DA, ACDP etc. in equal numbers conduct these meetings...the ANC group will cook ( CROOK ) the numbers to favour the ruling party. ....

      Thamie_Durba - 2011-09-27 14:05

      May be because they were ELECTED to!!!!!

  • Born To Fish - 2011-09-27 13:37

    A commission to employ more Cadres?

  • Lamu - 2011-09-27 13:41

    Would people ever stop complaining and being negative. I mean everyone is given the chance to raise their voice, but you are being so negative about it. Not participating would not solve anything at all, you can choose to be bitter and complain in websites comments section or you can try and get involved. Its your choice. Do the right thing!!!!

      Tolerant - 2011-09-27 13:56

      We are not a free country anymore. No free speech, no Tutu's friends and no whistle blowers allowed anymore.

  • Fedup - 2011-09-27 14:11

    I think this is still going to stab us in the back ... i still feel unsure about this

  • Muzi - 2011-09-27 14:26

    Here is my submission: email "Business" to if you want to make extra cash. I will retire in Feb next year & I will be 32. You can also retire in 3 years time!

  • amabok - 2011-09-27 14:31

    and around we go again. Here's my submission: No state information should ever be protected. Period Least of all from a government with a track record of corruption from here to the moon.

  • eric.vanvuuren - 2011-09-27 16:45

    I will never honour that bill or that fake party that runs this country. Is it not a govt. official that should be doing this instead of an anc member? What is more fake, our covt. or the anc. and I am aware they won the elections. That's beside the point. No sensor ship must be allowed.

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