R2K march against Secrecy Bill in Cape Town
27 October 2010
The Right to Know campaign organised a march today in Cape Town and in Durban, to protest against the proposed Protection of Information Bill which is currently before parliament.
Many speakers from different organisations like the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Western Cape representative of trade union Cosatu and the New Women’s league to name a few came out in support of the R2K campaign.
Amongst the speakers at the march was former Member of Parliament and African National Congress veteran Kader Asmal.
Professor Kader Asmal speeching at the march
Asmal said in his speech that he was ashamed to have to stand in front of what use to be his office for many years because of bad decisions.
He added that he resigned from parliament two years ago because he wanted to keep the Scorpions and dismissing them was a bad decision.
Journalist and writer, Max Du Preez marching in support
Chants like “silwela amalungelo ethu” (we are fighting for our right) were some of the songs that dominated march.
Some of the colourful signs at the protest
The memorandum which was handed over stated that if the “Secrecy Bill” is passed, it will create a society of secrets.
The march had a huge turn out, with journalists from different media houses gathered to show support of the march.