ANC chief whip welcomes info bill

2012-12-01 23:01

Johannesburg - The Office of the ANC Chief Whip has welcomed the approval of a report adopting the legislation for the Protection of State Information bill.

"The bill has undergone over 123 amendments in the National Assembly while a total of over 800 changes were made..." spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said in a statement on Saturday.

"This means that over 900 amendments have been made on this bill to date, making the... bill a complete redraft of what was first submitted to Parliament in 2008."

This week, ANC MPs on the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) ad hoc committee handling the bill approved the report and adopted the legislation.

On Thursday, the ANC drove final amendments to it amid protest, bringing the so-called secrecy bill two steps from becoming law.

Mothapo said it was not a media bill and did not "seek to regulate" the media.

"The bill is not about covering corruption... but about balancing classification of sensitive State information in the interest of national security with openness and transparency."

The amended bill was adopted by 34 votes to 16, and will go back to the National Assembly in the new year, where the ANC majority is likely to pass it.

Opposition parties vowed that if it was passed, they would approach the Constitutional Court to overturn the legislation, a threat also issued by the Right2Know campaign this week.

  • debduplessis - 2012-12-01 23:41

    The corrupt ANC is wanting to conceal how much they stealing from this country & its people .... we say NO to Communism, dictatorship & greed - we the people of RSA will ensure our democracy stays in tact! Time to start voting with heads & vote a new party in who can uphold our democracy on our behalf

  • leka.mad - 2012-12-01 23:49

    Mmmm. It's interesting that the secrecy bill rears its ugly head

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-12-01 23:55

    We need the media to start reporting on twitter and facebook. We will get the truth.

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-12-01 23:56

    Nothing to hide.... not about covering corruption...? The only information that qualifies actually is the sad state of our armed forces.

  • robqb - 2012-12-02 00:09

    Don't know about anybody else, but I do not believe a word of this crap we're being fed about this bill. It's only being "pushed" through to cover all the theft. This bill should be scrapped entirely. They are making the Nats look like amatures.

  • daniel.machet - 2012-12-02 00:16

    now that's how you get a brown nose

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-12-02 01:10

    And 7 million payers quietly and diligently pay their taxes whilst these ANC fothermuckers carry on stealing with impunity ! When is this sh*t gonna stop ? When showerhead goes to jail !

  • renee.taylor.1884 - 2012-12-02 01:55

    I don't think this is good legilation!

  • Phil.Kleynhans - 2012-12-02 05:01

    The more you corrupt you are the corrupt you want to become, the more you hide the more you want.

  • sabelo.mcondobi.7 - 2012-12-02 07:06

    The protection of state info bill will in a way regulate the media in one way or the other. And that is necessary to curb unfair reporting and biaseness. Opposition can lament and lament and lament those amendments made in the bill are an indication that the ruling party allowed for a democratic process to take place during the time this bill was crafted.

      Brian Radebe Dorning - 2012-12-02 09:35

      'democratic processes' what does that even mean? And besides, what does the state need protection from? Sound to me like some people in high positions have something to hide. In fact, lie detector tests should become mandatory! SA won't be invaded, we have nothing that the rest of the world wants that they can't get, for less, from the rest of Africa.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-12-02 09:37

      You are the type of person who contributes nothing to anything only seek to champion your racist cause wherever you can..shame on you you are defunct and pathetic!

      patrick.saunders123 - 2012-12-02 09:43

      you must have really loved the apartheid regime. They did the same thing and look what happened to them.

      J.A.Rademan - 2012-12-02 11:31

      And the Apartheid regime always had a reason !!!

      michael.kleber.376 - 2012-12-02 18:54

      Thats why we have courts of law if you are defamed you sue , what the bill is going to do is protect the dishonest politicians as we would be none the wiser

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2012-12-02 07:28

    All abunch of ex criminals so nothing will change, come now people of this beautiful country PLEASE wake up and smell the coffee.

  • hendrik.oosthuizen.37 - 2012-12-02 07:41

    Mein Kampf = My Struggle only asking with all this new laws of OPPRESSION, the new South Africa struggle will be a first for the truth

  • allan.rosenberg.752 - 2012-12-02 07:41

    A bill that has to be amended 900 times to get it right must be written by an absolute idiot. And this is what they want to make national law. Let someone with a hint of education scrutinize this bill before they screw up yet another task. This seems to be a historical trend

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-12-02 07:59

    You would not know the meaning of transparency and national important information if you looked it up. A wolf is always a wolf even in sheeps clothing.. You are just bad crooks and are trying to stop the public knowing what selfish cross you are..

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-12-02 08:00

    Ha, ha Sabelo you are another gullible one. Do you believe in fairy stories too..

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-12-02 09:18

    The only reason for the secrecy bill is to hide the nkandla debacle!

  • Brian Radebe Dorning - 2012-12-02 09:39

    There is only a need for this type of bill if there is something to hide...If you want to be transparent, put all of the information on the table for all to see! 'State Security' was mentioned? What does the State need security from? SA won't be invaded by foreign forces, government can't even keep illegal immigrants out!

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-12-02 10:38

    Criminals will always deny responsibility, blame others and need to hide their wrongdoings. ANC = awaiting next crime. Not a week goes by without some or other ANC criminal being exposed. They hope this bill will stop that. This bill is not in the interests of the people but instead only in the interest of the ANC.

  • ZaelkrieJustinPayne - 2012-12-02 12:24

    What national security what secrets are there to keep safe? Only how much taxpayer money they've stolen, how many of their friends they've got out of jail and how many of their rival politicians they have had killed. I fear the ignorance of good men as much as the actions of evil men, for the blind eye sees not the blood on their hands.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-12-02 12:34

    And this has been written, sanctioned, supported and passed by all the CORRUPT THIEVES to protect themselves and the man that they feed off. You may be safe for now but wait until the iron strikes then we will see you get what you deserve.

  • Phindile Manganyi - 2012-12-02 13:14

    then surely the Bill will also be turned to protect the expelled ANCYL President...

  • thando.moloi.9 - 2012-12-02 14:00

    Its saddening that many will fret over this....Have we forgotten that a large number of NP members were taken in by ANC? So, go figure.....

  • wayne.groenewald.5 - 2012-12-02 17:31

    renamed to the : hide corruption and incompetence bill

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2012-12-02 18:52

    Of course the ANC is going to welcome the bill , if it was already passed we would not know about nkandla we would be living thinking everything is rosy while our taxes are funneled into various private projects as we would be none the wiser thinking our politicians are squeaky clean

  • david.mcallister.9041 - 2012-12-02 20:12

    "Everyone who does evil hates the light, for fear that his deeds will be exposed" Like cockroaches scuttling around in the dark, people hate the light of Truth to be shone on their evil deeds!

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