Motlanthe: Info bill likely going to ConCourt

2012-08-29 22:11

Cape Town - It would be wise for President Jacob Zuma to refer the controversial Protection of State Information Bill to the Constitutional Court for certification, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Wednesday.

"We would not hesitate to say to the president 'send it to the Constitutional Court for certification before assenting to it'," Motlanthe told journalists in Cape Town.

"That is almost a given, given the amount of controversy that has surrounded this process. That is the way to go."

Motlanthe's comments came a few hours after the ANC made significant further concessions on the classification bill.

The bill has sparked two years of sustained protest and has resulted in media houses, activists and the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) threaten to challenge it in the Constitutional Court.

The ANC's proposals included removing a clause which prohibited the disclosure of any state security matter, and which had been criticised by opponents as raising the spectre of returning South Africa to apartheid era secrecy by drawing a veil over the workings of the intelligence community.

  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-29 22:22

    And will that change anything? It is just to pull wool over our eyes

      Squeegee - 2012-08-29 22:52

      Good. Someone is facing the facts. However, Zipper is unlikely to listen.

      SharonE - 2012-08-29 22:59

      So now they will expect Moegoeng to start saying thank you for his appointment by certifying this atrocity.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-29 23:12

      You have it spot on Sharon! All in the name of politics!

      derek.gunter.946 - 2012-08-29 23:32

      The ANC like that white man Orwell's pigs too much :)

      atholl.canterbury - 2012-08-29 23:41

      Why take a controversial issue (that threatens the Bill of Rights) to the ConCourt ... when ... Evidence already exists (Glenister-Scorpions) that they don't respect the Constitution.

  • nwayne54 - 2012-08-29 22:24

    I'm sorry, but I really like Motlanthe. Of all ANC politicians, even of all politicians in South Africa, he'd be on top of the list for next president.

      bernpm - 2012-08-29 23:33

      Why can SA not have a President not connected with the corrupt and under-performing ANC?? After all, SA has a "free and fair" election system and many people seem to be very P'd off with the ANC.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-30 07:43

      bernpm, the reason for the ANC government is called democracy. Unthinking, ill-educated voters doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a diferent result.

  • sihle.zito.9 - 2012-08-29 22:30

    With this government, why secrecy from the begining , lots of senseless efforts

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-08-29 22:32

    Why is it that the ANC has to be cajoled and then forced through the courts to the do the right thing? Its never simple ... always a fight to get it done the right way no matter what usually at great cost to the tax payer, and in this case a private citizen.

      atholl.canterbury - 2012-08-29 23:37

      There are people whose minds work that way ... ... first find a {problem} where none existed ... then wait for the {reaction} to the chaos that you've created ... then supply the {solution} for an issue that never existed in the first place.

  • spook.skrywer - 2012-08-29 22:33

    Also my feeling that this is just opening the door. Once the door is open, they can make changes afterwards. It is nearly like a divorce settlement. You only get the other party to contribute 10c maintenance and then a short while later you request that this be increased to R 13 000 as you openend the door when you allowed the 10c.

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-08-29 22:37

    Very clever Mr Mothlanthe, save yourself alot of un-doing when you take over as President, good move.

  • desertratbkf - 2012-08-29 23:10

    This is the next PRES! A non criminal! There is hope!

      Squeegee - 2012-08-30 06:43

      Tell me why Juju supports him? What has he promised the youth faction?

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-30 07:50

      Mothlanthe is a Socialist, but well read and discreet. He is likely to choose a better calibre of Ministers, which is half the President's battle.

  • Riffak Traws - 2012-08-29 23:51

    Having one of the best constitution in the world is useless when you have one of the worst politicians in government.

  • piet.boerie - 2012-08-30 00:10

    What happneded to leadership. None of these guys have the balls to act and are always laying responsibility in some one elses door. Get some balls dude, you are a man or are you too scared of machine gun.

  • komorison - 2012-08-30 09:52

    @ Atholl, yes the good old the Hegelian Dialectic: Thesis + Antithesis = Synthesis. "Ordo ab Chao", order out of chaos.

  • allan.keyzer - 2012-08-30 16:49

    Even the deputy president knows that the cadre MP's don't know how to read and understand the constitution as part of the process of creating legislation so better get the experts to tell them how to do it. At R 1 million each per year?

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