NGO Slams ‘Secrecy Bill’ Hearings

The Right2Know Campaign has slammed this week’s public hearings on the controversial Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill).

The Campaign’s national coordinator, Murray Hunter, argues that the hearings in Gauteng were ‘deeply flawed and a highly partisan ‘public consultation’ process’.

Hunter rebuked African National Congress (ANC) chief whip in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Nosipho Ntwanambi, who chaired the Sharpeville hearings, saying she had been ‘biased and bullying’.

Nationwide Hearings on Secrecy Bill

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) is planning to embark on massive public consultations on the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) in all South Africa’s nine provinces.

The Ad Hoc Committee chairperson, Raseriti Tau, points out that they will ensure that they visit communities and fully brief them about the Bill, before the committee conducts hearings.

Tau says that all organisations will be allowed to present their submissions.

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