The Institute for Democracy (Idasa) has taken a crack at the job the state law adviser said was too big for his office, counting 1001 ‘organs of state’ that will be affected by the Protection of Information Bill.
Idasa head of political information and monitoring service, Judith February, says in a letter to the chairman of the ad hoc committee considering the draft bill, Cecil Burgess, that parliament should know the scope of legislation it supports.
She argues: "We are of the view that it is crucial that every consideration be given to the scope/applicability of the proposed legislation. Given the extensive number of organs of state, we submit that parliament needs to be mindful of legislating without fully considering the impact of the draft legislation."
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