South Africa witnessed an epoch-defining moment last month when the ANC rammed the Protection of State Information Bill (POSIB) through the National Assembly. Black Tuesday will one day be seen as a turning point in our democracy.
Whatever happens in the months ahead, 22 November 2011 will be remembered as the day that the ANC voted against media freedom – a cornerstone of our democracy.
The Democratic Alliance has not given up fighting the Secrecy Bill. The official opposition has fought the Bill since its inception and will keep on fighting. This legislation has no place in a free and democratic South Africa.
An online petition has been started by the DA to begin the fight back against the Secrecy Bill. Sign the petition now!
Why oppose the Secrecy Bill?
The current Secrecy Bill violates the freedoms South Africans won in 1994. A bill that criminalises the possession & disclosure of information that is in the public interest has no place in our democracy.
It will be used to cover up corruption, unlawful behaviour and inefficiencies. It will enable the abuse of state power.