Information bill passed

2013-04-25 16:17

Cape Town - The National Assembly on Thursday afternoon passed the protection of state information bill. 

It now has to be signed into law by President Jacob Zuma.

The office of the ANC Chief Whip welcomed the move in a statement, saying the passing of the bill is a culmination of over five years of work by the two houses of Parliament.

"Extensive public consultation with a wide range of representatives of our society, public debates and robust engagements amongst political parties have taken place on this bill since it was first tabled in Parliament in 2008," the statement said. 

The statement said over 100 meetings were held over the bill, which makes it probably one of the most consultative bills since the advent of democracy in 1994.

"Hundreds of amendments, over 800 of them, have been made on this bill - which makes it a complete redraft of what was originally tabled in Parliament five years ago.

 "We appreciate the effort, dedication and remarkable devotion with which our members in the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces steered this bill to the quality draft it is today.

"We remain unshaken in our conviction that this bill will pass the constitutional muster.


  • Jimmy Don - 2013-04-25 16:19

    Anyone surprised or expected a different outcome?

      Patrick Buckley - 2013-04-25 16:28

      Should actually call it the: "Zimbabwe Bill"

      Léviter Au-dessus des Montagnes-Bleues - 2013-04-25 16:48

      What a relief! Zuma doesn't have to rush any furniture removals vans to clear Nkandla of the bunkers full of viagra et al and etc any longer!

  • Joshua Schumacher - 2013-04-25 16:20

    Its all downhill from here... !!! Well done yet again ANC!

  • JamesMWood - 2013-04-25 16:20

    Oh big problem! Now they can legally hide their corruption! Headline should read ANC passes new bill, they can through numbers do it without any opposition!

      Jaap van Rensburg - 2013-04-25 16:59

      Strength in numbers yes, strength in intellect no.

  • Sc1pio - 2013-04-25 16:21

    Viva ANC viva!

      Malcolm86 - 2013-04-25 16:22

      Uneducated moron!!

      Sc1pio - 2013-04-25 16:25

      Viva Info Bill Viva! Down with Malcolm down!

      Bob Bothalezi - 2013-04-25 16:30

      Sc1pio You can "Viva Anc" now, but you won't escape the future chaos ! - 2013-04-25 16:33

      Viva Poverty! Viva... Viva Corruption! Viva... Viva Communism! Viva... Viva Total lack of education and comprehension of freedom! Viva!!!!

      Samuel Pienaar - 2013-04-25 16:34

      Melcolm this guy doesn't even know what he is Vivaing about. The head line could read no more food left in South Africa and he will still viva.

      Faahim Dajee - 2013-04-25 16:36

      Seriously Sc1pio, with the info bill you wont be able to say what you just did, Poopol!!

      Sc1pio - 2013-04-25 16:38

      ey samual. ofcoz i knw wat im vivaing abt. dis is a gud step in the fite agenst inequality and freedam 4 al. Viva 94 Viva

      Brandon Buckley - 2013-04-25 16:58

      Sc1pio... You're a brain dead fukcing moron... Let's see who viva's in a few years time when the poor will have less than F-ALL!!!

      Oscar Blade - 2013-04-25 16:59

      Viva the death of democracy! Viva!

      Eterni80 - 2013-04-25 17:07


      Joe Soapie - 2013-04-26 10:57

      I think you guys just got trolled.

  • Angela Debra Jones - 2013-04-25 16:22

    Sad day for South Africa - the goverment has finally sunk to the level of communism.

  • simon.scribe - 2013-04-25 16:22

    I don't even have words for this... Disgust maybe?

  • Alpheus Nethononda - 2013-04-25 16:23

    Why comment since news24 editorial is worse than the apartheid government in censoring comments and deleting anything which is not pro DA!

      Makhosonke Mqikela - 2013-04-25 16:25

      Have you Alpheus READ terms

      Gary Wynnè Vickers - 2013-04-25 16:28

      What a d...s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Armand de Jongh - 2013-04-25 16:38

      I hope I don't offend you Sc1pio, but really if you want to make a point I would suggest getting your spelling right. Maybe, just maybe someone might take you seriously

      Sc1pio - 2013-04-25 16:41

      Armand. y dnt u pay 4 my schul? i neva has da same oppertunity u got.

      Armand de Jongh - 2013-04-25 16:47

      No Sc1pio, if you have a computer all you have to do is put your sentence into a word document and it would help you correct the word. It's a wonderful thing called technology. And by the way, you can self educate yourself as I wasn't literate in English and now by teaching myself and reading books I am able to communicate in English.

      Sc1pio - 2013-04-25 16:47

      u said it comrade. most these peeple dnt even realiz wat da info bill mean

      Sc1pio - 2013-04-25 16:52

      let me fix that for you chap : No Sc1pio. If you have a computer, all you have to do is place your sentence into a word document and it will help you correct the word. It's a wonderful thing called technology. By the way; you can self educate yourself, as I wasn't literate in English at first, yet I taught myself by reading books. Now I am still not able to communicate in English. Don't mention it ;)

      Stormers Fanbase Full - 2013-04-25 16:53

      Dont be rude Anton, you're probably speaking to our future president.

      Stormers Fanbase Full - 2013-04-25 16:53

      Dont be rude Anton, you're probably speaking to our future president.

      Michael Wilson - 2013-04-25 16:54

      The only thing sc1pio wants is constant attention, and because he never learned to earn it as an adult, he needs to seek it like a child instead. Some commentators on this site have differing opinions which sometimes frustrate others into response, but at least some of those opinions are somewhat thought out. Your contribution is pathetic sc1pio.

      Armand de Jongh - 2013-04-25 16:57

      No look at that Sc1pio, you are just another troll trying to mislead the forum with your blatant mistakes in spelling and complaining about your lack of education. Do you lie much?

      Alpheus Nethononda - 2013-04-25 17:04

      I like the info bill. It's non partisan but governmental policy. Nothing wrong with this Act as it was chopped and changed lots of times, to accommodate concerns of civil society but as you know, it's impossible to satisfy wishes of many of those whose ancestors arrived to the Cape in a boat isn't ?

  • Willie - 2013-04-25 16:24

    Did members of Cosatu in the ANC vote for this bill, JUST CHECKING

      PointBlank - 2013-04-25 16:34

      Yes they did.

      Makhosonke Mqikela - 2013-04-25 16:45

      If you are aware of 'dual' membership with the alliance then the answer is affirmative.

  • Hemlock - 2013-04-25 16:25

    All I can say is "OH CR*P"!

      Charlie Hillel James - 2013-04-25 16:39

      oh oh

  • Stephen Pearce - 2013-04-25 16:25

    It starts.....

  • DikgosiThokoane - 2013-04-25 16:26

    Correction News24...... The bill was not passed, it was forced through by bullying ...... Watch how quickly JZ is going to pass it into law....... It is not even going into his in-tray, it is going straight onto his desk....... Nxa!!!!!!

      Erns Kleynhans - 2013-04-25 16:49

      That's why I say, in my opinion the ANC is a mafia-style party. They just get what they want, forget the rest... and that's it! I surely hope the people of this country can invest in their own future at the ballot box. It just can't go on like this! If the DA is not good enough, I pray that a party come in existence that can appeal to all people (if possible).

  • Carl Harding - 2013-04-25 16:26

    The End!

      Gwynneth Rowe - 2013-04-25 16:52

      Not yet, one more pitstop to make - Constitutional Court first. But with all of Zuma's recent crony appointment I don't see that being a major challenge.

  • Nathan Geraint Moss - 2013-04-25 16:27

    All I can say is.........................................................................................................................................................nothing now or i will spend up to twenty years in prison.

  • Darren Fischer - 2013-04-25 16:29

    Would not worry much about this. Social media is becoming much stronger anyway.

  • Kelly Asalde - 2013-04-25 16:29

    Tragic... The beginning of the end.

  • Sabelo Lex Mthembu - 2013-04-25 16:30

    The beginning of the end.

      Steve Ritchie - 2013-04-25 16:41

      Sabelo and other like-minded thinkers, time to vote the cANCer out!

  • Twannette Kroukamp - 2013-04-25 16:31

    What’s new communism has reigned in this country for years! Why should the country and its people have a say? We just pay taxes, extreme fuel prices, basic necessities costs you an arm and a leg our people are becoming poorer every day!!!! No referendums for toll roads, rapist and murderers getting bail, a corrupt police force, need I say more!!!!

  • Miguel Capelo - 2013-04-25 16:32

    "The more star systems you try to control, the more that will slip through your fingers." Princess Leia Seriously though, not even America has been able to control the Internet. Information will be free whether the ANC wants it or NOT. Just remember people, never EVER send stuff from your OWN computer. Post and remail NEWS stories by all means as that is public domain, but if you have info on corruption learn how to be secure and send it anonymously from ANOTHER SYSTEM... never your own.

      Miguel Capelo - 2013-04-25 16:33

      KNOW YOUR RIGHTS. Support those who put their LIVES and CAREERS on the line to expose governments like ours.

      Miguel Capelo - 2013-04-25 16:38

      One such investigator is WA AFRIKA... who cracked the POLICE lease scandal and was promptly arrested by 40 policemen. He has guts and courage that I do not have. All I do is talk and elaborate, he actually put it out there. If he did the same thing today I think he would "disappear".

      Ushir Sahdao - 2013-04-25 16:40

      ' The force is strong in this one '

      Steve Barrow - 2013-04-25 16:46

      Some hints for protection here:

  • MJS1234 - 2013-04-25 16:32

    Bye bye democracy, it was good for a while!

  • Danny Baromen - 2013-04-25 16:33

    This is how liberty dies...

  • Heinrich Spreeth - 2013-04-25 16:34

    Let the robbing begin!!!

  • PointBlank - 2013-04-25 16:35

    Hello Apartheid, you back again I see.

  • David Thomas - 2013-04-25 16:35

    Headline should read: "Corruption legalized"

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2013-04-25 16:36

    The already voiceless will be permanently silenced.What a dark day for South Africans.I am sure a lot of us who are critical of the government will be targeted.

  • Dagga Movement - 2013-04-25 16:36

    This is very very very bad... Now who ever exposes Zuma's future expenditures of R247 000 000 on his own home they will be jailed...

  • Robert Clive Warriner - 2013-04-25 16:36

    One step closer to being a Zimbabwe. The majority have no clue. Sad day.

  • Michael Kleber - 2013-04-25 16:36

    Now the corrupt ANC can really waste our taxes and nobody can mention it , they must be high fiving each other and cant wait to get back to the office and start building alterations at home and book into a 5 star hotel for 6 months , all paid for by us ,

  • Makhosonke Mqikela - 2013-04-25 16:37

    Freedom of speech is now REVERSED. Just wondering how many 'comrades' will be summoned as they turn to be 'off-line' more often than us.

  • Jason Rom - 2013-04-25 16:37

    Bye bye democracy, it was good for a while, and hello to bla bla bvla

  • Yves Sinkgraven - 2013-04-25 16:39

    Glad I left the country.

      Ndongezile Mahlati - 2013-04-25 16:56

      I'm glad too,hope u never come back...

      Nhlanhla Kambule - 2013-04-25 17:25


      Sam Jones - 2013-04-25 20:12

      Last intelligent person in Africa, please switch off the light. Leave the rest (you know who) in the darkness they crave.

  • Faahim Dajee - 2013-04-25 16:39

    So Zuma will be remembered for 3 achievements during his reign, 1- Shower 2- Nkandla Family Resort 3- Arms Deals 4- Singing the info bill, muting democracy. Sorry that's 4!

  • KingPun - 2013-04-25 16:39

    So this is the beginning of the END!

  • Zama Mvulane - 2013-04-25 16:40

    That concludes the debate...and I hope some people will make some time to read the damn thing!

  • Carlyle Fife - 2013-04-25 16:42

    Corruption will now run RIFE... and there NOTHING we can do about it, it will just be hushed up and swept under the carpet.

  • Johan Schoeman - 2013-04-25 16:42

    The last gasp of a sick "democracy"

  • Adri Uys - 2013-04-25 16:42

    ok carry on guys - do your own thing and be happy. nothing anyone can do except on voting day!

      Nhlanhla Kambule - 2013-04-25 17:24

      Your vote is nit needed

      Andrew Ruck - 2013-04-25 18:44

      Nhlanhla don't be so arrogant.. Every vote counts! Except yours.. People with mental illness aren't allowed to vote.

  • Vuyani Bazeke Shawe - 2013-04-25 16:43

    They started by removing scorpion i wonder whats next.

  • Darren Fischer - 2013-04-25 16:44

    As per my previous comment. Social media is getting stronger. These days governments can be Weakend/toppled by the use of social media. For example Syria, Egypt, Protests in the UK,etc. Does not matter what they would hide from the media, it will be exposed at some point. The is a free country. Power to the People

  • Tmash Brown - 2013-04-25 16:45

    you lost one more vote, and surely you are in the right direction toward your downfall/suicide.

  • Bridget Goldfeder - 2013-04-25 16:45

    George Orwell would be so proud

  • Ahava Shapiro - 2013-04-25 16:46

    I would like to read the bill before commenting.

  • Dane Herbst - 2013-04-25 16:48

    this is exactly what the apartheid government did, now, the ppl the country voted for are dishing the same medicine out to them cuz they are corrupt rubbish!!!

      Nhlanhla Kambule - 2013-04-25 17:22

      And you benefited from it

  • Peter Mokoena - 2013-04-25 16:49

    Gone are the spy tapes. I give up, they will come after me, if I continue talking too much. Who killed our democracy? The ....what what..

  • Yondela Yondie Yondz Valela - 2013-04-25 16:49

    What a perfect moment for 'us' Democratic Alliance to exploit these gaps that are constantly made by ANC. It does not need a spin doctor to see that ANC has finally reached the sell-by-date... Power to DA Poweeeer!!!

      Erns Kleynhans - 2013-04-25 16:51

      Or to whichever party (existing / to come into existence) can topple this mafia style government!

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-04-25 16:50

    Watch our president 'apply his mind' a lot quicker than usual. However, its not over till the fat lady sings - Constitutional Court here we come.

  • Xanavin von Buchenroder - 2013-04-25 16:50

    Apartheid has just been re-instated.

  • Andre - 2013-04-25 16:52

    What a sad, sad day for SA. Arrogancy, self interest, cover-up acts etc etc but those who dig a hole will fall the hardest. Whatch this space....

  • mmatau - 2013-04-25 16:53

    And now we can't say a thing- scary!!!!

  • Alpheus Nethononda - 2013-04-25 16:55

    Shut up !

  • Bongani Nsele - 2013-04-25 16:57

    america and britain have zillions of secrets and their societies accept that little arrangement without a fuss....we don't want to know what colour bloumers Zille is wearing as the premier of our province it's her secret...