DA to fight 'secrecy bill'

The DA will now explore alternative avenues to successfully fight the so-called ‘secrecy bill’.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday said it still has enough avenues available to successfully fight the Protection of State Information Bill.

On Thursday, the contentious bill was adopted by Parliament's National Council of Provinces (NCOP).

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko explained they will petition the president in terms of the Constitution to refer the draft law, if passed by the National Assembly, back to Parliament for reconsideration.

Should this fail, she said the party will then lobby other opposition MPs and ANC members to join the petition and send the bill to the Constitutional Court.

The DA claims it can secure 134 MPs to do this, but it needs more to unbalance the ANC's majority in Parliament.

Mazibuko has called on Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) aligned Parliamentarians to vote against the ruling party.