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Deon de Lange
STATE Security Department officials were due to appear before Parliament for the second time in as many weeks today to respond – clause by clause – to changes to the Protection of State Information Bill proposed by MPs during a watershed meeting on May 10.
Red-faced officials were sent back to Pretoria last week when their presentation to the National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP) ad hoc committee dealing with the bill ignored significant changes proposed by MPs during the May meeting.
Instead, acting director-general Dennis Dlomo used his briefing to the committee last week to repeat State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele’s mantra against the inclusion of a public interest defence clause, saying it would undermine the rule of law.
The outcome of today’s meeting will give the clearest indication yet of whether ANC delegates to the NCOP are going it alone, without a mandate from Luthuli House, or whether they have been whipped into line by the ANC leadership.