Wednesday, October 27, 2010

R2K march against Secrecy Bill in Cape Town

By Lelethu Mquqo
27 October 2010

The Right to Know campaign organised a march today in Cape Town and in Durban, to protest against the proposed Protection of Information Bill which is currently before parliament.

Cartoonist Jonathan "Zapiro" Shapiro on the Right2Know march
The march in Cape Town started at 9:30 this morning from Keizersgracht Street to parliament to hand over a memorandum.

Many speakers from different organisations like the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Western Cape representative of trade union Cosatu and the New Women’s league to name a few came out in support of the R2K campaign.

Amongst the speakers at the march was former Member of Parliament and African National Congress veteran Kader Asmal.

Professor Kader Asmal speeching at the march

Asmal said in his speech that he was ashamed to have to stand in front of what use to be his office for many years because of bad decisions.

He added that he resigned from parliament two years ago because he wanted to keep the Scorpions and dismissing them was a bad decision.

Journalist and writer, Max Du Preez marching in support

Chants like “silwela amalungelo ethu” (we are fighting for our right) were some of the songs that dominated march.

Some of the colourful signs at the protest

The memorandum which was handed over stated that if the “Secrecy Bill” is passed, it will create a society of secrets.

The march had a huge turn out, with journalists from different media houses gathered to show support of the march.

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