Johannesburg - Cosatu says it will take legal advice on whether to refer the Protection of State Information Bill to the Constitutional Court after the controversial legislation was passed, with proposed amendments, in the National Council of Provinces last week.
ANC MPs voted 34 in favour to the opposition parties’ 16 against the bill, which will now be referred to the National Assembly for the proposed changes to be accepted, rejected or amended, after which it will be sent to President Jacob Zuma for his signature.
The trade union federation and ANC alliance partner, a staunch opponent of the bill, said it had had “an intensive engagement” with the ANC on the matter and was studying the latest version to see whether its concerns had been addressed.
It would refer the bill to its lawyers for “advice on whether to refer the legislation to the Constitutional Court if it is passed by the National Assembly and signed by the president”, Cosatu spokesman Patrick Craven said.
While the NCOP’s proposed amendments meant the bill was an improvement on previous drafts, Cosatu’s “initial reading” was that some of its concerns had not been addressed satisfactorily.