Chairperson of the ad hoc committee in the National Council of Provinces, Raseriti Tau, says there is no need for Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, to be involved in the Protection of the State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill).
Responding to an accusation by the Democratic Alliance’s Alf Lees, that the state security department is undermining the legislative authority by shooting down amendments to the Bill, Tau moved to defend the department, saying it is the committee that had given the department more time to clarify its position on the Bill.
Tau, further describes the DA’s move as ‘mischievous and misleading’, points out that, “We do not want to be accused of steam-rolling the Bill. But we agreed we cannot continue postponing the finalisation of the Bill.”
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