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ANC: We tried to strike balance with POSIB

The ANC says it’s tried to strike a balance, but opposition parties are still unimpressed.

 A copy of the controversial Protection of State Information Bill. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) said on Tuesday it has done everything it can to strike a balance with the Protection of State Information Bill.

The ad hoc committee dealing with the draft law met for the last time on Tuesday, to adopt a final report on proposed changes to the bill.

Committee Chair and ANC member Rasertiti Tau said the ruling party is aware a balance is needed.

"What we tried to do in striking that balance was to ensure that we don't lose the centrality of the constitutional rights of South Africans, but equally so, we don't take away the rights of the constitutional state."

Meanwhile, opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) are fuming after staging a walk out at Tuesday's meeting.

The last meeting of the committee was not without drama.

Congress of the People (Cope) MP Dennis Bloem and opposition members walked out, in protest against them not having been given enough time to study the final report.

ANC MPs weren't at all dismayed and proceeded to adopt the document in the absence of the opposition.

Parliamentarian, John Gunda said the process was flawed.

"This Bill is the future of this country and is very serious."

The so called 'Secrecy Bill' is expected to be debated in the National Council of Provinces on Wednesday.

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