Cape Town - The Southern African Catholics Bishops' Conference (SACBC) has joined calls for President Jacob Zuma to refer the controversial Protection of State Information Bill to the Constitutional Court.
While there had been dramatic changes to the bill, it remained an “unsatisfactory piece of legislation”, Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town Stephen Brislin said on Friday.
“It lacks a full public interest defence and will thus make the fight against corruption more difficult,” he said.
“To fight corruption we need more openness, not more secrecy.”
The SACBC wanted Zuma to send the bill to the Constitutional Court to avoid a protracted and costly court battle.