DA vows to fight 'Secrecy Bill'

The DA says it won’t stop until the Protection of State Information Bill is in line with the Constitution.

The DA says it won’t stop until the Protection of State Information Bill is in line with the Constitution. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko says her party will continue to fight the Protection of State Information Bill.

An amended version of the controversial legislation was passed in the National Assembly on Tuesday in spite of opposition protests.

There were 255 votes in favour and 88 against the so-called Secrecy Bill.

Mazibuko says the party won't back down in its battle over the bill.

She says she'll once again petition President Jacob Zuma to refer the bill back to Parliament for a complete overhaul.

"The DA will not give up fighting on this bill. We will not stop until it's brought completely in-line with the Constitution."

Mazibuko says unless the bill is changed, it will end up in the Constitutional Court.

Opponents of the bill, include the Right2Know (R2K) Campaign, who have called for a public interest clause to be included in the bill.

Under the bill, whistle blowers may face prison sentences of up to 25 years.

R2K says if President Jacob Zuma signs the bill into law, it could mean that certain documents like the Nkandla report could be classified.

The campaign's Dale McKinley said, "What this bill does is that it gives the ministers and state security to decide what it is that's classifiable and not classifiable.