Friday, June 24, 2011

Opposition parties welcome ANC’s change of heart on Info Bill

By Khanyisa Tabata
24 June 2011

Opposition parties and civil society groups have welcomed a series of concessions made by the ANC in the ongoing parliamentary discussions about the proposed Protection of Information Bill.

One of the concessions is that only organs of state involved in security and intelligence will be able to classify information.

The African Christian Democratic Party’s Steve Swart welcomed the progress but says the so-called Secrecy Bill is far from ready.

ANC parliamentarians have indicated they support drastically changing the bill.

ANC MP Llewellyn Landers' announcement was welcomed by opposition party colleagues, who praised the ruling party for listening and changing some of its positions.

Landers said it is a concern that the bill may be used to hide information.

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