public participation

OUTA Calls on Govt to Listen to Critics

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has once again pleaded with government to listen to ‘critics’ against e-tolling, in light of new information provided by a whistle blower on the user payment system.

This, as the organisation awaits feedback from the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela’s office on a complaint it laid, following ‘damning’ information it received from a source within the system.

E-tolls to Stay – Makhura

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura has made the clearest indication yet that Gauteng’s hated e-toll system is here to stay - irrespective of widespread public opposition.
 
Makhura set up a panel in July 2014 that for eight months deliberated the socio-economic impact of e-tolls on residents, creating an expectation that Gauteng’s e-tolls could be scrapped.
 
The advisory panel did not reject the e-toll system outright, however. Instead, it recommended the implementation of a hybrid option involving a combination of e-tolls and other funding sources.
 

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’.

Secrecy Bill Hearings Move to Bloemfontein

Public hearings on the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) are scheduled to continue in Bloemfontein in the Free State.

Organised by a Parliamentary ad hoc committee, the hearings have already taken place in Gugulethu and Thembalethu in the Western Cape and in Mthatha and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

In the same vein, committee chairperson, Raseriti Tau, came under fire from opposition parties and activists who said the hearings have been manipulated to mislead the public and manufacture support for the contested draft law.

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