ProtPresident Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS
Graeme Raubenheimer & Alex Eliseev | 3 hours ago
CAPE TOWN - The Presidency on Friday said President Jacob Zuma will seek legal opinion on the so-called Secrecy Bill.
With the controversial Protection of State Information Bill now awaiting Zuma’s signature opposition parties and civil society are gearing up for a Constitutional Court battle.
The National Assembly passed the so-called Secrecy Bill with 190 members giving it the thumbs up and 73 voting against it.
The Presidency's Mac Maharaj said, “The legislature now has to formally put the bill before the President for his consideration. It has to put it in a particular version so that when he signs the bill it is the accurate version. The President, when receiving the bill, has to get legal opinion again.”
There’s growing consent that regardless of whether Zuma signs the bill into law its fate will ultimately be decided at the highest court in the land.
Despite more than two thirds of members voting in favour of the bill, those opposed to it didn’t go down without a fight.
The Right2Know Campaign’s Murray Hunter said despite encouraging changes the bill remains flawed.
“We feel duty-bound to approach the court in order to declare this unconstitutional legislation invalid.”
He said the new law could be used to shut down the flow of information from government or even hide corruption.
(Edited by Tamsin Wort)
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