The working documents for the Protection of Information Bill, as well as how it affects the Promotion of Access to Information Act, can be found at http://www.pmg.org.za/report/20110118-protection-information-bill-b6-2010-continuation-deliberations.
The 4 November version of the Secrecy Bill, as well as submissions by the ACDP, ANC and IFP can be found at http://www.pmg.org.za/report/20101104-deliberations-protection-information-bill-b6-2010-clause-clause.
R2K Gauteng coalition meeting, 8 June 2011 The former Minister of Intelligence, Ronnie Kasrils, COSATU; SAMWU, FEDUSA, TAC/Section 27, the Council for the Advancement of the Constitution (CASAC), the Helen Suzman Foundation, the Muslim Judicial Council, the Press Club, SANEF, the Western Cape Inter-faith Religious Leaders, among others, have reiterated their opposition to the proposed […]
The following is a press statement from the Democratic Left Front: The Democratic Left Front (DLF – www.democraticleftza.net) notes the recent concessions made by the African National Congress’s (ANC) on the Protection of Information Bill. While these concessions have improved the Bill, it will still be extremely difficult, if not impossible to ensure transparency of […]
Even at this late stage, one would remind our legislators of the adage, “more haste less speed.” The rush to complete the Protection of Information Bill by the parliamentary committee is worrying and will lead to huge problems and unnecessary tensions in the future. I hate to envisage the unforeseen consequences. It will certainly undermine […]
Professor Iain Currie put together a document that compares how the 2010 draft of the POI Bill differs from the 2008 draft that was withdrawn from Parliament to be rewritten.
Protection of Information Bill, a threat to whistle-blowersThe Congress of South African Trade Unions is deeply concerned that the Parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee has begun clause-by-clause voting on a revised version of the Protection of Information Bill, without having addressed the many serious concerns from civil society regarding fundamental problems with the Bill.COSATU acknowledges that […]
The decision by ANC MPs on Parliament’s ad-hoc committee to vote on clauses of the Secrecy Bill on Tuesday confirms that the ruling party is willing to use its majority on the committee to steamroll a range of unresolved problems with the Bill (see outstanding demands below). Despite months of public outcry from a wide spectrum of civil society organisations, political parties and […]
On Tuesday 24 May 2011, while our parliamentarians meet to finalise the Secrecy Bill, community organisations that are part of the Right2Know campaign will gather in Cape Town to demand access to information from local and national government departments. The Mandela Park Backyarders, the Newfields Village Anti-Eviction Campaign, as well as committees from Zille-Raine Heights […]
On 24 May 2011 the ad-hoc Parliamentary Committee dealing with the Protection of Information Bill – the Secrecy Bill – will begin meeting again, in what appears to be the final countdown for the Secrecy Bill. The ANC has indicated that it would like for the Bill to be finalised by 24 June 2011. On […]