Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Two ANC committees to consider Info Bill comments

By Lelethu Mquqo
27 September 2011


ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga has established an Information Bill Committee.

It will coordinate public engagement with representatives from civil society, non-governmental and community-based organisations and interested individuals on the draft bill.

Motshekga’s office says public meetings will be held in all the provinces to garner inputs on the so-called Secrecy Bill.

At the same time, the ANC Study Group on the Protection of State Information Bill will consider oral and written submission from interested parties in Parliament.

The ANC parliamentary caucus last month decided to withdraw the bill, pending further consultations.

Civil society groups said their vocal opposition to measures in the bill and a possible Constitutional Court challenge influenced the decision.

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