Officials respond to Info Bill amendments

State Security officials responded to proposed amendments to the so-called 'Secrecy Bill'.

Protection of State Information Bill. Picture:EWN

CAPE TOWN - Officials from the State Security Department on Tuesday responded to proposed amendments to the Protection of State Information Bill.

It was the second time they were appearing before the National Council of Provinces (NCOP)'s ad-hoc committee dealing with the contentious bill.

Last week, committee members said they were not happy with their responses.

The department made an extensive representation, rejecting most of the committee's proposed changes.

The proposed changes will include a public defence clause.

Currently, whistleblowers can face up to 15 years jail sentence.

State Security acting director general Dennis Dlomo said it should not be included as it poses a risk to national security.

Last week, Congress of the People (Cope) president Mosioua Lekota slammed State Security officials saying national security was not under threat.

Opposition parties and some non-governmental organisations are against the so-called 'Secrecy Bill' because it could hide corruption.

In Parliament on Tuesday, Dlomo went through the major amendments clause-by-clause.

Opposition MP expressed their frustration at the extended time given to Dlomo.

Deliberations on the controversial bill are scheduled to end on Thursday.