South African Secrecy Bill Faces Procedural Hurdle

20 March 2013

Opponents of the Protection of State Information Bill in South Africa are hoping to use a procedural complication to thwart action on the controversial bill, according to an article in The Independent.

Opposition parties recently asserted that the legislation must revert to square one because it was incorrectly labeled as not affecting provincial governments.

The bill was passed by the National Assembly in November 2011 and approved by the National Council of Provinces at the end of last year. It is now under consideration by an ad hoc committee of the National Assembly, with a June deadline. (See previous report.)

The committee is expected to deal with amendments that were made by the NCOP.

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