Parliament has run out of time to approve the controversial ‘secrecy bill’ this year and work will continue in the special ad hoc committee for the rest of this month.
Chairperson of the ad hoc committee for the Protection of Information Bill, Cecil Burgess, points out that even if the committee was to agree on changes to the Bill, the timeframes of getting it before the National Assembly before Parliament rises next had expired.
His words come against expressed fears that the bill will be rammed through during this session of Parliament.
Meanwhile, Centre for Environmental Rights director, Melissa Fourie, states that, “As things stand, civil society organisations and communities already face enormous obstacles in gaining access to environmental information." Fourie is of the view that environmental rights guaranteed in the constitution can be realised only with access to information.
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