Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Protection of State Information bill passed in Parliament

By Khanyisa Tabata
22 November 2011

An overwhelming number of MP’s voted in favour of the Protection of State Information Bill today.

A total of Yes: 229 yes votes were received, with 107 no votes and two abstentions.

Various political parties made declarations on the Protection of State Information bill and attempted to postpone the proceedings in the National Assembly before the decision was taken.

The Democratic Alliance’s Lindiwe Mazibuko says they will approach the constitutional court now that the Bill has been passed.

The vote comes amid anger and outcry from South African media and public.

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