Info Bill not signed into law

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Parliament - An internal parliamentary note listing draft laws passed in the legislature's fourth term sparked unfounded rumours on Thursday that the Protection of State Information Bill had been signed into law, a spokesman said.

“It was an internal e-mail, referring to bills passed. This is how confusion arose,” Luzuko Jacobs told Sapa.

“The bill has not been signed by the president.”

The National Assembly in November passed the bitterly-contested official secrets legislation with a host of technical amendments, after President Jacob Zuma sent it back to MPs for review.

Critics have called for a comprehensive rewrite and reiterated threats to challenge the law in the Constitutional Court if Zuma were to sign it in its present form.

Sapa


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