50,000 votes are needed for this online petition, and we’re only 1/4 of the way there!
Sign the petition HERE.
“As citizens across South Africa, we call on you to protect our Constitutional commitments to accountability, freedom of information and the media in the “Protection of Information” Bill. We urge you to ensure that the bill only applies to core state bodies in the security sector, and that intelligence agencies are held to account by public scrutiny. Secrets with a bearing on national security must be determined by an independent panel appointed by Parliament and not the Minister of State Security. Penalties for unauthorised disclosure should apply only to those responsible for keeping secrets, and investigative journalists and legitimate whistleblowers should always be protected to release information in the public interest. Our democracy was hard-won, and we will not give it up lightly.”