Big things have been happening in South Africa since Bob went there last month. On November 10, the ruling ANC party suspended its high-profile young firebrand, Julius Malema, for five years. Then this past Tuesday—labeled “Black Tuesday” by protestors—Parliament passed the Protection of State Information Bill, which will allow the government to imprison anyone who discloses state secrets for up 25 years. The bill lacks any clause to protect whistleblowers who disclose secrets in the public interest.
I checked in with five of the guests who contributed to Bob’s South Africa stories, which appeared on our October 21st episode, to see what they have to say about the new bill. One of them was the Director of Media Monitoring Africa William Bird commented in a press release titled “Secrecy Bill: Bad for the country, Worse for South Africa’s International Reputation”. To see the full article go to “www.onthemedia.org”