Info Bill not yet sent to Zuma

The Secrecy Bill has not yet been sent to Zuma, despite a leaked draft report doing the rounds yesterday.

The Protection of State Information Bill. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Protection of State Information Bill has not yet been sent to the president.

Confusion reigned briefly on Thursday after a document prepared by Parliament was inadvertently distributed to the media.

It led to reports that the so-called Secrecy Bill had been signed into law by President Jacob Zuma.

But the document was a draft.

Parliament moved quickly to quieten the storm that broke out on Twitter and in media reports over the controversial bill.

Spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs says bills passed by Parliament are packaged in an Act form, before being sent to the president for his consideration.

"It was inadvertent that it was circulated to the media."

He says it will only become law once Zuma has signed it and it's been gazetted.

The contested bill was passed by the National Assembly last month after the president sent it back to Parliament for technical amendments.