Don't fear secrecy bill - Cwele
The State Security Minister says there is nothing to fear about the Protection of State Information Bill.
CAPE TOWN - State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele on Thursday said there is nothing to fear about the Protection of State Information Bill.
The contentious draft law is being debated in Parliament's National Council of Provinces (NCOP) this afternoon.
Addressing Members of Parliament (MPs), Cwele described the bill as “very progressive”.
“To those who fear that the bill may be abused, we say, the only thing to fear is fear itself.”
The ad-hoc committee dealing with the bill adopted the final report on proposed changes to draft law on Tuesday.
But this was done in the absence of opposition committee members after they walked out in protest.
Over 800 changes have been made to the so-called ‘secrecy bill’.
In November 2011, the proposed law was passed in the National Assembly, despite a huge public outcry.
Critics of the bill say it will allow corruption to flourish as whistleblowers could be jailed for 15 years.
Meanwhile, the Right2Know Campaign has called on MPs to vote wisely and not based on party loyalty.
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)