DA: Citizens must fight info bill

2012-03-17 14:28

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance urged South Africans on Saturday to defend the freedoms won in 1994 and fight against the Protection of State Information Bill at all costs.

In his speech prepared for delivery at the OR Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha, DA member of parliament Wilmot James said the so-called secrecy bill was eroding the country's gains and keeping the public in the dark about corruption.

"After our liberation in 1994 we said never again... and yet today we face a piece of legislation, the secrecy bill, which threatens that very freedom we fought for," he said.

"This bill will cover up corruption, will keep our citizens uninformed and will destroy the very fabric of our democracy by constraining our media and limiting our freedom of speech."

Wilmot said there were terrible implications for oversight in government should the bill be passed into law.

"Consider for example what government officials could do with a housing list if there was no oversight. A government official could decide who gets housing as he pleases, without accounting to the people," he said.

"He could assign houses to his family, friends or business partners, and no one would be able to expose his corrupt actions. We can never accept that."

Wilmot said the government was focused on guarding secrets when it should be empowering the population and ending poverty.

South Africans needed to stand up and defend freedoms already won "which means we have to stop the Secrecy Bill at all costs", he said.

  • John - 2012-03-17 14:38

    I agree fully with Mr. James. But, how do we as ordinary citizens go about doing this????

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-17 15:07

      Yep, make a noise, but don't expect the ignorant masses to agree with you.

      rory.short1 - 2012-03-17 15:16

      Get involved in actions which support the community in a relevant way. The secrecy bill has only the interests of those who want to practice corruption out of sight.

      Herman - 2012-03-17 16:24

      My question exactly. A bit stupid to urge us to oppose it while not suggesting what can be done about it.

      Jeeves - 2012-03-17 16:40

      Get people joining the facebook group so long and we'll communicate any mobilized plan the moment it develops.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-17 17:20

      I think a good way to go about this, is for each and every MP, one by one, to be interviewed by the media.(Each Minister can be tackled in phase 2) They should be asked (eg) Do you think the PIB is necessary? Why? (Not?) How are you going to vote ? Why? The replies should then be recorded and made public in all media (print, radio and TV). These people are accountable to the public so they cannot refuse such an interview. If they do, this fact should also be made public. Right2know can take the initiative here.

  • Adam - 2012-03-17 14:38

    We all know the secrecy act is to protect zuma.We know this, so it must be to keep the masses dumb.

  • Vlam - 2012-03-17 14:38

    The citizens of this country must wake up and wake up fast.This current government is going to go to town as the saying goes if this bill is not stopped.

  • Simnikiwe - 2012-03-17 14:39

    DA is blind. They should support the ANC in implementing this info bill. When they are in power one day they could use the info bill in hiding their corrupt activities too. They are so short sighted...

      Adam - 2012-03-17 14:45

      Simnikiwe from this as well as other posts of yours, I come to the conclusion you are not the brightest crayon in the box.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-17 14:48

      How can I be bright?...Im black

      Adam - 2012-03-17 14:50

      I never said you were bright. Dont worry I understand.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-17 15:10

      Dimmer than a dim thing in a sealed box.

      Piet - 2012-03-17 15:11

      sorry but your comments are the reason that Africa will never succeed.

      Dawood - 2012-03-17 15:16

      @ adam its time to shooo.. Simnikiwe has a point..

      paulgerber969 - 2012-03-17 15:16

      @Simnikiwe Cadre????

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-17 15:17

      Why must Africa succeed?...why can't it be a failure? Not all continents are supposed to be successful. Not all people are supposed to be wealthy you know, some of us have to live in poverty, there has to be a balance. Why must we conform to expectations of success?...Why can't we just do our own thing and be poor?..Why not?

      rory.short1 - 2012-03-17 15:18

      I presume your were joking!

      Dawood - 2012-03-17 15:18

      Piet, ken jy hoekom SA gaan nie vorentoe nie, omdat ons "agtertrekkers"soos jou het..

      Gregory Jurgens - 2012-03-17 15:25

      You certainly know how to upset all the bright crayons in the box, Keep up the good humor. thumbs up

      Klaus - 2012-03-17 15:26

      how true - no bright blacks

      Jason - 2012-03-17 15:53

      Simnikiwe is a white guy been an idiot!

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-17 15:58

      Jason, just because Im a racist that doesn't mean Im white.

      Tony - 2012-03-17 20:16

      I would answer Sistinky but ....

      John - 2012-03-17 20:39

      Simnikiwe, I'm just wondering if COSATU or ANCYL pays you to troll News24 chat? Don't you have anything better to do in Port Elizabeth? ....or maybe this is another "work from home" initiative?...

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-17 22:15

      SIMNIKIWE-..You know usually i like to see if i can be polite and point out an issue from a different point of view...but you my would take a village to bring you to understand anything.Sorry hey!!!!

      Bruce Arnett - 2012-03-17 22:17

      Simnikiwe actually does in a way have a point about being left in poverty. The king of Bhutan summed it up vastly better though, with his words \I am much more interested in the gross national happiness of my people than the gross national product of my country\

  • Ben - 2012-03-17 14:42

    We now about corruption and there is nothing we can do, what's the difference whether we know or not.

      Rob - 2012-03-17 14:51

      Ahhh, the ol' ignorance is bliss. Maybe for you, not for me.

      Ben - 2012-03-17 15:20

      Rob, whether we know or not, the govt. just carries on. That is the problem. I want to know, but also be able to do something.

      rory.short1 - 2012-03-17 15:24

      Action without knowledge is both dangerous and stupid. When we have knowledge that members of government or civil servants are behaving corruptly we should vote the government out of office, that is what democracy is for. Join a political party that is demonstrably opposed to corruption andsuport their campaigns with time and money.

  • Rob - 2012-03-17 14:50

    I agree Wilmot, so what's the plan?

      Mc - 2012-03-17 14:55

      The is no Plan.

  • Hermann - 2012-03-17 15:02

    Hear, hear!

  • Shirley - 2012-03-17 15:03

    Agree fully! Give us the when,where and how and we will be there!

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-17 15:08

    A lot still needs to be done in ds country, one of those things being learning to look beyond ones colour, ds should perhaps be included in the School Curriculum from Primary School. Here's da DA something right, but a whole lot of Black People myself included will pitch a bitch bout it coz it's from DA (which is associated with White People) m sure the same will be true if the ANC said something good twill be opposed based on colour (ANC a party associated with Black People) this Forum makes u realize how much still has to be done, have u not seen how quick we throw in race evn in the most stupid of things. I hope the next Generation will be nothing like us, the hatred we got for one another is appalling, just yesterday my little brother who goes to a prestigious Private School told me how one of the White Kids refuses to play with black kids and asked by his teacher why he said his uncle told him blacks are not people... It's okay for us to have this unwarranted hatred for each other but passing it on to our kids is a bit ridiculous, with that being said I hate the DA....

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-17 15:12

      That story is super sad. What school is this, this is appalling that there are people like this around. Racists are ignorant, that is their problem.

      Piet - 2012-03-17 15:21

      my dear uneducated voter, the anc have brainwashed you to make you believe the Da is white.

      Dawood - 2012-03-17 15:21

      Agree with you totally my bro' Mtsezi Yonk'....... ....... Mkhize

      rory.short1 - 2012-03-17 15:28

      Absolutely, we are all people, our skin colour has zero to do with our humanity. The child's uncle and all such similar people are actually mentally ill.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-17 17:01

      MTSHEZI,-the problem our country has... is there are a few who spoil it for the rest of us(on both sides). Like the Hi-jacking that happens...whites will look at all the black people and assume, all are guilty of Hi-jacking. The same as your story...ONE kid did this to your brother, now you think all white kids will do the same. No don't lets generalize, it's a small percentage of the population that cause a problem for the rest us.Malema, with his ranting about the whites really isn't helping either.We should be mature enough not to allow people like this to influence us.....we are the folks that want to see this country be the GREAT LAND it can be.

      An observer - 2012-03-17 17:09

      I was at the the DA Gauteng provincial congress last weekend and at least half, if not more of the delegates were black, so any talk of the DA being a white party is politically blind. Blacks are joining the DA in their droves. It is no longer about colour, it's about the ability to govern and openness and creating opportunities for all. I will fight this bill with all at my disposal. I will march, hand out pamphlets supporting opposition to it, and demonstrate my antipathy towards it. What will you do?

      Elize - 2012-03-17 17:46

      I also want to know what private school?? Must say in my son's private school it is wonderful to see al the different colours playing together in harmony.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-03-17 15:12

    Sorry to be the pessimist , but the ANC will ram this bill down our throats wether we like it or not.

  • Inquista - 2012-03-17 15:18

    Constructive debate is not going to get us anywhere - these ANC neanderthals simply do not have the mental capcity to do so. That leaves us with the last resort - our tax conributions. The ANC can only perpetrate their corrption if we pay tax. The time has come to pay our tax into a trust account of sorts from which the ANC government can draw on presentaion of proper motivation. Some smaller towns are doing so successfully already. We need assistance from professinals!

  • Johan - 2012-03-17 15:23

    Democracy!!!! What a joke!

      Shirley - 2012-03-17 16:06

      They meant to call it demonocracy

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-17 16:40

    This could be the very same moment that Zimbabwe experienced, when the history of their country was changed forever......they allowed it to happen....and look at the results...another TYRANT was created(Mugarbe)..who destroyed a once viable well loved land.I ask ALL THOSE WHO DON'T WANT THE SAME TO HAPPEN go into action...there must be people besides the DA who can do something THINK, the mean time we need to give the DA as much support as possible. Let's start works for the others...LET'S DO SOMETHING.

  • An observer - 2012-03-17 17:15

    I will not capitulate my freedom to the new ANC. The ANC of Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki has changed into a greedy, power-hungry, entitlement-seeking bunch of blind and loud-mouthed bullies who think that they can dismantle the freedoms we all fought hard to attain. Join the wall of resistance. This is the thin end of the wedge, and I will not let them get away with it.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-17 17:54

    How are supposed to fight that when the only party we(blacks) votes for is ANC...and don't tell me to stop voting for them because I can't vote for any white party...i've seen enough of rude greed white we'll just deal with it as long as white people don't change.

      Tony - 2012-03-17 20:18

      Your own racism will your downfall. The whites had the same sort of mentality, and today we are stuck with the ANC.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-17 22:04

      The-Azanian,.. it's sad when you say 'the only party you can vote for is ANC".. you are stuck in a time warp.DO you read the news? Do you have an inquiring mind? The responsible voter finds out what other parties mandates are..and get as much info before they put that very important X on the ballot paper...And you say you cann't vote for a white party...check this out my friend...more than half of the DA supporters are black.THINK AGAIN MY SON.

      Mohamed Raeez Allie - 2012-03-18 08:52


  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-03-17 21:33

    since the legalisation of gays and lesbians marriage bad things are happening(corruption,malema-mathale ,crime risen,and info bill) like when sodom and gomora destroyed by fire because of gay s and lesbians mannerism.

      phathuchicos - 2012-03-18 21:53

      ignaorance is bliss baba...

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