Secrecy Bill committee welcomed
By Lelethu Mquqo
25 November 2011
The South African National Editors’ Forum has welcomed the National Council of Provinces’ decision to form an ad hoc committee on the Protection of State Information Bill.
Chairperson Mondli Makhanya says the NCOP now has an opportunity to fully consider the ways in which, in Sanef’s opinion, the Bill fails South Africa’s democracy, and to remedy them.
Makhanya urged the members to consult with civil society, community groups, trade unions, religious bodies and media representatives.
The ad hoc committee has to report to the NCOP by the 8th of April.
It is made up of 10 ANC members, two from the Democratic Alliance, and one each of the Congress of the People, the Inkatha Freedom Party and the Independent Democrats.