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’.
He further states that it was clear that the ANC had organised for its own councillors and members to attend in numbers, adding that despite this, a good number of independent community and other civil society organisations managed to attend.
To read the article titled, “Information Bill’s public hearings slammed,” click here.Source:The Citizen
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.
Last year, NGOs and media houses took to the streets to decry the Bill, which the National Assembly adopted by 229 to 107 votes, and two abstentions, by the 400-member chamber.
To read the article titled, “Countrywide public consultation drive for new secrecy bill,” click here.Source:The Citizen