POSIB not signed into law
There was confusion about whether the president signed the controversial bill into law.
CAPE TOWN - Eyewitness News can confirm the Protection of State Information Bill (POSIB) has not been signed into law.
Earlier on Thursday, there was confusion about whether President Jacob Zuma had signed the controversial bill.
Zuma's signing of the Secrecy Bill now shows a fat middle finger to Mandela and us as citizens. Boo!
- Max du Preez (@MaxduPreez) December 12, 2013
- Justice Malala (@justicemalala) December 12, 2013
And we were told correctly I think to leave topical issues aside and ficus on mourning Madiba. And then boom secrecy bill!
- Mbhazima Shilowa (@Enghumbhini) December 12, 2013
The claims were based on a document prepared by Parliament and sent to the Presidency for Zuma's consideration.
The document distributed by the National Assembly looks official.
It is titled the Protection of State Information Act No 41 of 2013.
But the so-called info bill is not yet law.
Parliamentary spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs says, "The Protection of State Information Bill has not been signed into law. It is not an act as yet."
Jacobs says before bills are sent to the president to be signed into law, they are first translated into one of the official languages.
Zuma then considers the proposed law.
Thursday's move does mean the bill is a step closer to becoming law.