Sanef to meet Vavi over info bill

2011-11-30 08:55

Johannesburg - The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) is scheduled to meet Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi in Johannesburg on Wednesday to discuss the protection of state information bill.

Vavi said last Thursday that Cosatu would go to the Constitutional Court should attempts to amend the bill fail.

He said Cosatu would appeal to President Jacob Zuma not to sign the bill.

"We hope we can find one another in that the necessary amendments are effected in the process of the bill going to the National Council of Provinces."

The ANC majority drove the contentious bill through the National Assembly a week ago, despite vehement protests in and outside Parliament.

The so-called secrecy bill was adopted with 229 to 107 votes, and two abstentions, by the 400-member chamber.

There were 34 ANC MPs absent from the National Assembly during the vote.

Public interest defence

The ANC said it was convinced that the bill would play a constructive role in South Africa's constitutional democracy.

However, Vavi said there was a need to introduce a public interest defence.

Before the vote last week, a group of editors and Sanef made an 11th hour plea to ANC MPs to reject the bill.

In a statement, run on the front pages of some publications like The Times and Beeld, the editors said: "Mark this day. Depending on the actions of the 400 MPs in the National Assembly at 2pm, it will end as a day of triumph or of shame for our adolescent democracy.

"Every MP who presses the green button to vote 'yes' for the protection of state information bill will at that moment take personal responsibility for the first piece of legislation since the end of apartheid that dismantles an aspect of our democracy - a betrayal that will haunt them forever."

The editors said the bill came amid escalating attacks by the ANC on reporters, newspapers and the freedom of the press.

  • Larry - 2011-11-30 08:59

    That's a good move. It is in everyone's interest that this bill be stopped.

      Tshifhiwa - 2011-11-30 10:05

      Impi - 2011-11-30 11:12

      @Steen. Mazwai is just another puppet on the gravy train. He should be fired and replaced with someone with a brain. How can you muzzle the press and hope ANY truth will come out? This is and will always be the tactics of the Mafia behind the government. We are run by Shaik and not Zuma. Shaik is in fact our President and Zuma just a willing brain dead front. That is what happens when you want to have multiple wives but don't realise it costs money to live a life of debauchery. So we are all now paying the price for Zuma's extravagant lifestyle because Shaik knew what the returns would be if he funds this puppet president.

  • Bryan - 2011-11-30 09:11

    I gotta admit that I really enjoy our buddy Mr Vavi at the moment because he is being an increasingly large pain in the backside of the ANC..

      Impi - 2011-11-30 10:08

      I have said for years and even wrote Vavi a letter begging him to form his own political party. My belief in him has nothing to do with workers unions, but the fact that he stands up for what is right for us. I don't belong to his union, but I have seen over the last few years, he might be our only hope to rid ourselves from the corrupt trash and specifically this Durban Mafia who are running this country with Zuma as a front.

  • Panki - 2011-11-30 09:40

    It clearly shows how our party (The ANC ) is been used the further the interests of individuals. The Secrecy bill is here to protect certain individuals and our future generations will pay a heavy price for this. It expose the ANC as a mob where individual thinking is not allowed. If you think differently then you might pay a heavy price. Purging is the way to go. We can expect the MP's who did not vote in parliament to be purged soon. No matter what we say , the current group of Polokwane is here to stay and we have to wait for 2016 to be relieved of this mediocrity. Hopefully the new group will rid us of this Polokwane mentality. Zuma will still be the President and he is working hard on this and the Secrecy bill is part of his strategy. To all those MP's who vote for this "Thanks foir Nothing".

      Impi - 2011-11-30 10:04

      True words Panki. So true!

  • MattQ4 - 2011-11-30 09:49

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