Protest outside ANC's Pretoria offices

2011-11-22 09:29

Pretoria - A small group of picketers gathered outside the ANC's offices in Pretoria on Tuesday, in protest over the protection of state information bill (POIB).

The bill, which has been severely criticised, is set to be voted upon by members of the National Assembly later on Tuesday.

Picketers mostly wearing black with cellotape across their mouths carried placards which read "Don't Back Aparthate [sic]; "Liar Liar Pants on Fire"; "No Information Means No Accountability"; and "THINK, it's not illegal yet".

Protester Anna Brown said: "In the old days there was a communist under every bed. Now it seems like there is a spy under every bed."

The Pretoria librarian said she believed the proposed law would be used to cover up corruption.

"So many instances of wrongdoing have come to light. This will stop it. We are not at war. There is no reason for this secrecy," she said.

Passing motorists and pedestrians were handed pamphlets by campaigners from anti-bill lobby group Right2Know.

In Johannesburg a group of people also dressed in black, protested outside the ANC's headquarters in Sauer Street.

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  • Sganja - 2011-11-22 09:33

    Chill People everything is under control...

      Spiral - 2011-11-22 09:51


      Jack - 2011-11-22 09:53

      We need to stand together, Boycott our Taxes, Simply do not Pay Taxes!!!! Hit them where it hurts, their fat cars, big houses, and Italian clothes. These people are a scourge that needs to be eradicated from South Africa, don’t let this country disintegrate into another failed Black African state

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-22 10:11

      Damn the Man Save the Empire ! @Sganja go play with your corrupt cronies ! How is everything under control , crime , corruption , secrets .....? Get a life troll !

      Sganja - 2011-11-22 10:24

      jody.beggs I'm handling this matter, so chill...

      Travis - 2011-11-22 10:37

      Don't piss on SA and call it rain!! There is no need for this act, in fact this is the exact opposite to what SA needs. I want goddamn transparency in government, I don't want the wool pulled over my eyes while the ANC enriches themselves.

      Sganja - 2011-11-22 10:38

      Down with information Bill down!!!

      Travis - 2011-11-22 10:38

      Sjanga you and your cronies suck!

  • Marion - 2011-11-22 09:34

    I'm wearing black today.

      TSR01 - 2011-11-22 10:48

      Same here :)

      lynch - 2011-11-22 11:03

      Your wearing black is not gonna help in anyway!

      Morgan - 2011-11-22 12:51

      Lynch.. what kind of an attitude is that!! everyone is going for the rights of the country and you can be nothing but negative... No way to support your country!

  • Ian - 2011-11-22 09:40

    preassure preassure preassure, choke the corrupt scum

  • Vaughan - 2011-11-22 09:43

    Im looking forward to this new bill. Headline news, Zuma had scrambled eggs for breakfast this morning and thought it was really well cooked. Im loving it...

  • Mzamo - 2011-11-22 09:43

    Once this bill is passed we won't know what will be the outcome on the Arms Deal!! That's the way to get away with it! Govt. has been very secretive about this, now that the constitutional court was about to force them to investigate (about the arms deal), they decide to go ahead with the investigation commission then they got Secrecy Bill to hide all the findings!! Nice one mhhh!!!!

  • Malachai - 2011-11-22 09:45

    Well...this is really ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ and so part of our Government's ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ program of witholding information about the ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦. As a colle¦¦¦¦ community, this ¦¦¦¦¦¦ bill should be vehemently ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦.

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-11-22 09:49

    Definitely wearing black today and tomorrow!

      Barbicus247 - 2011-11-22 13:10

      u can paint yourself black too, for all we care.The law is here to stay.Bloody honkies want to know wat the govt is up?no no no.. if ur gardener cannot get access to your privileged info, then why shld u?

      mbossenger - 2011-11-22 14:49

      Barbicus - thanks for that well argued and thoughful contribution to the conversation. Why are you trying to mae this a race issue? Or did you miss Desmond Tutu's comments on the Info Bill? A government must be ACCOUNTABLE to the citizens of the country; after all they are spending our tax money - don't we have a right to know what the money is being used for?

  • Spiral - 2011-11-22 09:52

    3rd world country trying to implement 1st world laws! this will never work with the amount of corrupt scum we have in government! Hope it doesnt get passed!

  • Eric - 2011-11-22 09:54

    Its called the African way Same as Zimbabwe. No Life no Value no nothing when we loose our ability to question we lose our freedom. Why do so few controll so many.

  • Chop - 2011-11-22 09:55

    How did it come to this so quickly? How was it not smothered upon birth? We the youth of South Africa, ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦the ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ of our past, ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ those who suffered and sacrificed for ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ and ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦. We will ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ and ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ the ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ of each person And stand up for ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦. We sincerely declare that we shall uphold the rights and values of our Constitution, And promise to ¦¦¦ in accordance with the ¦¦¦¦¦¦ and ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ that flow from these rights. !ke e: /xarra //ke Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika

  • Morgan - 2011-11-22 10:04

    Wish I could be there to join this protest!

      Perfume - 2011-11-22 10:11

      Eish likewise

  • sihlemarcus - 2011-11-22 10:05

    Analysis fo the #BlackTuesday movement and why it realistically can't acheive anything

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-22 10:17

      Of course the cANCer is against intellectual challenges , because it makes them look like the idiots they are ... Remember this should be a democracy == choice ? If you can think that far ahead ?

  • Alva - 2011-11-22 10:20

    The cover up bill! What a government of slime balls!

  • Transkie Sun - 2011-11-22 10:44

    Communist, Shameful, sickness, uneducated, lying, selfish, blasphemy, no god, poor, disease, greedy, gluttony, anger, lawless, racist, SOUTH AFRICA may god save your sole

  • Transkie Sun - 2011-11-22 10:47

    Anti Christ in the making.

  • Sboh - 2011-11-22 10:56

    I am 28, black and have never voted before. I will in 2014 against the ANC hope it will still be making the difference. This is the worst government anybody has ever dreamt of. Let us unite people of MZansi and fight the political hyenas to the bitter end.

      Morgan - 2011-11-22 12:48

      Spread the word!

  • Steven - 2011-11-22 11:09

    "We have the right to know", "Stop secrecy bill" and "Let the truth be told"

  • NickinHowick - 2011-11-22 11:10

    Maybe the bill is to keep the ANC voters in the dark and gullible to hold on to power for as long as they can. Democracy in SA is dead.

  • Perfume - 2011-11-22 11:47

    Check out

      Lynn - 2011-11-22 12:08


      Morgan - 2011-11-22 12:47

      Awesome... well thats what everything is going to be like if they go through with this!!! will we even be able to comment on news24?!!

  • Lynn - 2011-11-22 12:05

    I am also wearing black as is my husband, neighbor, mother-in-law, father-in-law and sister-in-law

      Barbicus247 - 2011-11-22 13:37

      lovely uniform, lol

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2011-11-22 16:45

    It seems that the ANC elitists are bent on dragging South Africa into civil war......this is exactly what the NATS did to turn our society against each other.

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