De Klerk urges Zuma to 'do the right thing'

The former president believes Zuma should refer the so-called Secrecy Bill to the ConCourt.

FW de Klerk. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Former head of state FW de Klerk is urging President Jacob Zuma to refer the Protection of State Information Bill to the Constitutional Court.

De Klerk on Sunday spoke at the International Press Institute (IPI)'s World Congress, which is underway in Cape Town.

The so-called Secrecy Bill has been sharply criticised.

The former president believes Zuma should do the right thing.

"I believe it should go to the Constitutional Court if he signs it. I don't think it meets with the requirements of media freedom and the protection which the constitution offers to media freedom."

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister in the Presidency Obed Bapela says he will convey a message to the president that international media organisations insist the Protection of State Information Bill be reviewed.

Journalists from around the globe have been discussing media freedom at the IPI's World Congress.

Bapela said Zuma was unable to attend the congress as he was on the campaign trail.

"He might have been seen in Cape Town but he moves so much and so fast that today he was unable to be here."