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Parliament passed 48 bills in 2013

The country's legislature saw some controversial moments in 2013.

The country's legislature saw some controversial moments in 2013. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament passed 48 bills in a year, with many marked by some controversial decisions.

By far, the National Assembly's decision to once again adopt the Protection of State Information Bill, also known as the Secrecy Bill, was likely the most controversial decision for 2013.

But there were others.

The Legal Practice Bill, which sought to regulate and restructure the legal profession, drew opposition by many in the practice.

The Labour Relations Amendment Bill, which curtails labour broking but stops short of a ban, was adopted by the National Assembly.

Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) tried to block the vote in June, claiming it would lead to job losses.

And the so-called e-tolls bill, known as the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, was passed by Parliament and then signed by President Jacob Zuma before tolling on Gauteng's highways went live earlier this month.