Another brainless campaign by Zille
7 December 2011
The so-called 'anti-secrecy Bill campaign' announced by DA leader Helen Zille yesterday is absurd and unhelpful. It is a tragic irony that a leading opposition party in parliament consistently undermines the parliamentary processes and conducts itself like an overzealous lobby group.
The party's campaign, which includes encouraging people to copy and paste its letter, is not only unhelpful to the current parliamentary process on the Protection of State Information Bill but a serious affront to the intelligence of South Africans. Encouraging people to merely parrot a few party lines, without offering any specific suggestion, is a typically condescending and supremacist attitude the DA normally takes when relating to people. It suggests that people have no capacity to make an intelligent assessment of the Bill and make appropriate proposals.
The public consultation process which the NCOP has committed to undertake will involve MPs further explaining the draft legislation to the people and seeking their views. Those who wish to make specific proposals on the Bill's clauses will be given an opportunity to do so.
Flooding the Presidency's inbox and hotline with chain emails and calls that merely parrots the party line which says 'do not sign the Bill', might serve the DA's agenda to jam the Presidency's important public service channels. But unless specific proposals on the Bill are made and motivated in the process provided for by the NCOP, such a strategy is bound to achieve nothing.
People must ignore such a self-defeating campaign, which is just the latest in a series of Zille's absurd and brainless political campaigns which include the HIV-Aids Lottery and the penalising of HIV-infected people.
We call on all parties in parliament, civil society organisations, community based organisations, all interested stakeholders and individual members of the public to take advantage of the opportunity which the NCOP will provide on the Bill and offer make inputs.
The ANC Parliamentary Caucus
Parliament of the Republic of SA
Cape Town, 8000
Moloto Mothapo 082 370 6930