Parties a no-show at final info bill talks

2012-11-14 21:42

Cape Town - Lawmakers' final meeting on the protection of state information bill was postponed by a week on Wednesday after opposition parties failed to attend.

Although the meeting still had a quorum, thanks to the ANC's majority on the committee handling the bill, the party said it would rather postpone the deliberations than be accused of railroading the controversial bill.

"Tomorrow we should not be accused of bulldozing the process," said ANC MP Teboho Chaane.

Raseriti Tau, the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Committee, accepted a proposal by the ANC members to schedule a meeting for the middle of next week.

Tau said the Democratic Alliance and the Congress of the People had presented their excuses, citing other obligations.

The committee's latest deadline for reporting to the NCOP on the official state secrets draft law is 30 November. It then has to be referred back to the National Assembly, which will be able to debate the changes to the measure only next year.

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-11-14 22:19

    The opposition would have attended and then be bulldozed through sere numbers, because that is what the ANC does. They do not win debatesor arguments they force it through.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-15 05:14


  • niki.wessels - 2012-11-15 07:37

    Just for a moment the headline made me think they were throwing no parties. Now THAT would have been news...

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-15 07:50

    But this is precisely the reason or part of the reasons why the anc orchestrated mayhem around the WC winelands, the eTolling and Nkandlagate and Zuma Tapes illegal refusal to submit the tapes, Cwele's draconian Secrecy Bill, the raising of traditional tribalists to overturn Democracy once and for all and .............ohhhh the list is just too long? In order to ensure no-one could attend! Better that the ANC just goes and sits down and takes the lice off its body - one scritching the other like when arranging tender-contracts. Build our Future

  • Gary.desousa7 - 2012-11-15 07:57

    Unfortunatly the ruling majority will win as this is democratic and maybe in time the voters will realize how bad it is and vote against the ruling party and then repeal all these marxist bills.

      alan.gernet - 2012-11-15 08:43

      sure Gary. *Tosses Gary a Protective Helmet to use against Flying Pigs*

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-15 09:27

    What a bunch of tossers

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-15 09:30

    "Other obligations"??? WTF? is discussing the info bill not important to the DA? Thanks to the ANC for accommodating them? Does the DA deserve my vote? I don't think so.

  • zmvulane - 2012-11-15 11:34

    They were caught having forty winks and decided to run for cover! Lol! Let's see how long they stay on the run!

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