Info bill goes to National Assembly

The so-called Secrecy Bill is expected to come before the National Assembly after changers were made.

The so-called Secrecy Bill is expected to come before the National Assembly after changers were made.

CAPE TOWN - The Protection of State Information Bill is expected to come before the National Assembly next week.

The special Parliamentary committee tasked with dealing with President Jacob Zuma's reservations about the so-called Secrecy Bill has now concluded its work.

But the process has been hotly contested.

After two meetings the committee has finally reworked its report on the bill.

It now reflects opposition parties' objections to the way the bill was handled after the president sent it back last month, citing Constitutional concerns.

Parties believe Zuma was not specific enough about what he wanted done and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) argued the entire bill should be reviewed.

But the African National Congress (ANC) prevailed in the end as it's likely to do when the bill is voted on next week.