Saturday, September 17, 2011

Protest marches in Cape Town and Johannesburg

By Khanyisa Tabata
17 September 2011

Free speech and democracy advocates are marching in Cape Town to demand more changes to the proposed Protection of State Information Bill.

It is due for the vote in the National Assembly soon.

The editor’s forum, Sanef’s main concerns with the so-called Secrecy Bill are its lack of any public interest defence, heavy sentencing regime, broadness of application, and the shielding from scrutiny of the intelligence services.

Meanwhile, members of the National Union of Mineworkers will today march in Johannesburg to demand that Eskom stops its implementation of a seven-percent increase.

NUM has also rejected the company’s conversion of its pension fund to a provident fund.

They are demanding a minimum service level agreement and the improvement of the housing allowance. The march will start from the Mary Fitzgerald square.

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