The Protection of State Information Bill will lead to more service delivery protests and corruption, the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) warned on Friday.
The bill would affect the poor grass roots communities more than the media, Samwu spokesman Tahir Sema said.
“(President) Jacob Zuma said during his election campaign walkabouts in poor communities he now understood what the service delivery protests were really about.
“Our people become most frustrated and angry when the information that should have been made available to them to make informed decisions was denied or hidden away from them,” Sema added in a statement.
Those engaged in the hundreds of service delivery protests that continued to take place every year “state time and time again” that an absence of information about the services they should be receiving and the abuse of ratepayers' money fuelled their anger more than anything else.