MPs tussle over info bill logistics

2012-01-17 20:07

Cape Town - The ad-hoc committee on the protection of state information bill tussled over logistics on Tuesday ahead of hearings into the proposed law, which are expected to attract considerable public interest.

Committee chairperson Raseriti Tau said they had a limited number of staff and might not be able to achieve everything they wanted to.

"If you look at the amount of work we are confronted with and the human capital we have, we may not be able to achieve everything we wanted to," he said.

Initially, the plan was to divide MPs into two groups for the public hearings in each province.

After an assessment of the committee's resources, however, it was decided that it might be better to split into three groups to give the public greater access to the hearings.

"If we split into three groups of four members each, I think that would be enough," Tau said.

Congress of the People member Dennis Bloem said he wanted only two groups of MPs for the hearings. He said the committee should not use councillors to take part in the hearings.

"This is a very important piece of legislation. We are going to one province. We split into seven or eight and we report back in the evening," he said.

The public hearings on the bill, passed by the National Assembly last November, are due to start in February.

  • Max - 2012-01-17 20:44

    Public hearings is just an eye blind strategy of the ANC to create the illusion that the public can influence its decisions. So the MPs can tussle as much as they want because the end result will be exactly the same.

      ubhejane - 2012-01-17 21:02

      Yes Max, I'm sitting here just shaking my head. In a recent survey done about 80% of the voters didn't know about this bill so why waste time with the MP's? If all the MP's were told in the first place how they should vote, why ask the public now? Police State? I think so.

  • braamc - 2012-01-17 21:11

    What a bunch of hateful, useless thieves

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-17 21:14

    We've had animal farm so now its time for 1984.

  • frank.hartry - 2012-01-17 21:22

    We people must resist the passing of this disgraceful cover-up secrecy information bill tooth and nail. Just think of it the auditor's report-which again revealed that billions of rands had been lost to the state within the departments of the ANC led government through negligence, corruption, incompetence, wastage and theft. could well be a secret in future. There is not the shadow of doubt that the ANC led government is set on passing the bill via Zuma, i order to hide its rampant corruption and looting of the state coffers by ANC politicians. It started with the banning of the Scorpions, then the firing of Pikoli, then the dropping of serious strong charges of corruption against Zuma and the release of Shaik to keep him quiet. Even the final arms deal inquiry report will be doctored in the guise of secrecy.

  • Lloyd - 2012-01-18 07:07

    the ANC has too much power...

      Andrew - 2012-01-18 07:40

      Creating a stronger Police State.

  • Vince.York - 2012-01-18 07:30

    It TRULY will be far better and cheaper to just buy 400 DVD's as per link ( Animal Farm, DVD - ) for each MP and maybe a few more for the rest of the riff-raff - and then go and spend R200Mill like in any normal ANC rally repeatedly showing it 7 times a day to all voters across the nation. It surpasses even the silent diplomat Mbeki's even more silent leadership education & renaissance of downward tangential transformation AND zuma's tribalisation and zulufication dictatorship attempts.

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-18 08:08

    MP's tussle over pap and gravy!

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