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POSIB gets more approval

National Council of Provinces' ad hoc committee gave the bill a stamp of approval.

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

CAPE TOWN - The debate on the controversial Protection of State Information Bill (POSIB) will be back in parliament on Thursday.

This comes days after opposition party MPs walked out of the National Assembly in protest over the document being adopted as legislation.

ANC MPs on the National Council of Provinces ad hoc committee handling the bill gave it the stamp of approval on Tuesday.

This was despite the opposition's concerns that it still clashed with the constitutional rights to freedom of information and expression.

Opposition parties said the bill in its current form may lead to over-classification.

But senior associate at Webber Wentzel, Okyerebea Ampofu-Anti disagreed and said there have been significant changes to the bill.

"We do see a bill that is fundamentally different from what we started out with in 2010," said Ampofu-Anti.

Meanwhile, the Right2Know campaign said it will approach the Constitutional Court, should the bill be signed into law.

The campaign has been vocal about the so called secrecy bill.

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