R2.7m spent on Info Bill advertising

The DA slammed government for wasting money on advertising the so-called Secrecy Bill.

The State of Protection Bill. Picture: Chantall Presence/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday slammed government for wasting money on an advertising campaign for the so-called Secrecy Bill.

It was revealed that R2.7 million was spent on the marketing initiative.

The Protection of State Information Bill has been widely criticised for not protecting whistleblowers and journalists.

However, the ad-hoc committee dealing with the bill proposed amendments to give journalists more protection.

The DA's Alf Lees said the expense was unnecessary and members of the committee abused their power.

In November, the contentious bill was passed despite outrage from various groups and opposition parties.

According to the proposed law, whistleblowers may face 25-years in jail.

Critics of the bill have been calling for the inclusion of a public interest clause.

Earlier in 2012, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) conducted public hearings throughout the country.

It is currently finalising its report on the matter.