Promotion of Access to Information Bill [B67-98] (Open Democracy Bill) - Bills and submissions

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Justice and Correctional Services

01 January 2000
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Promotion of Access to Information Bill [B67-98] (Open Democracy Bill)

Final Version [B67b-98] as voted on

Final Version [B67b-98] as voted on (.pdf format)

Revised draft of the Bill as of 20/01/00
Revised draft of the Bill as of 11/01/00
Revised draft of the Bill as of 15/12/99

Reports of all past deliberations and previous drafts in the PMG Archives

Original Bill
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Here is a Summary of submissions received by the Committee.

Here are the individual submissions submitted for the March hearings:
Attorney General: Grahamstown
Attorney General: Transvaal
Banking Council
Black Sash
Centre for Applied Legal Studies
Centre for Conflict Resolution / Ceasefire Campaign
Chief Justice: Ishmael Mahomed
Committee for Private Data Base Users
Consumer Institute South Africa
Credit Bureau Association
Department of Public Administration, UNISA
Direct Marketing Association
Direct Response Marketing
Freedom of Expression Institute
Human Rights Committee
Judge: Bloemfontein
Judge President: Northern Cape
Judge President: Western Cape
Legal Resources Centre
Leisure Books
Ministry for Intelligence Services
National Postal Forum
Nico Alant Attorney & Department of Sociology, RAU
Open Democracy Lobby Group (9 NGOs)
South African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)
South African Chamber of Business (SACOB)
South African Council of Churches (SACC)
South African Human Rights Commission
Tupperware Southern Africa

The committee held public hearings on the Bill on 13-15 October 1999.
Oral submissions were heard from:

Wednesday, 13 October
State Law Advisor briefing (E. van Schoor)
SA Human Rights Commission (Leon Wessels)

Thursday, 14 October
Law Society of South Africa (Daryl Burman)
Johannesburg Stock Exchange (Nikki Newton-King)
Public Protector's Office (M. Schutte)
Legal Resources Centre (Paul Farlam)

Friday, 15 October
Committee for Private Data Base Users (Brian Currin)
Department of Public Works (B. Annabel)
Department of Land Affairs (Prof. Budlender)
Institute for Security Studies (L. Camerer)
Open Democracy Campaign Group (Alison Tilley, Black Sash;
  Oupa Bodibe, COSATU; Richard Calland, IDASA)
Representatives from SANGOCO and the Freedom of Expression
Institute were also scheduled to appear but did not.

Deliberations:19 October 1999 - 24 January 2000:
Full reports of deliberations can be found in
PMG Archives under the Ad Hoc Committee: Open Democracy Bill:

Hearings were held by Justice Portfolio Committee on 23/24 March 1999. Reports of the hearings can be found at
January 1998 - March 1999:

The full membership of the Ad Hoc Joint Committee on the Open Democracy Bill is:

National Assembly representatives

  1. Ms. NGW Botha (ANC)
  2. Mr. YI Carrim (ANC)
  3. Ms. FI Chohan-Khotha (ANC)
  4. Mr. J Cronin (ANC)
  5. Adv. JH de Lange (ANC; co-chair)
  6. Mr. GQM Doidge (ANC*)
  7. Mr. KMN Gigaba (ANC)
  8. Ms. DPS Jana (ANC)
  9. Mr. JH Jeffery (ANC)
  10. Dr. ZP Jordan (ANC)
  11. Mr. NN Kekana (ANC)
  12. Mr. LT Landers (ANC)
  13. Ms. GB Magwanishe (ANC)
  14. Mr. SP Makwetla (ANC*)
  15. Mr. BAD Martins (ANC*)
  16. Mr. JN Mashimbye (ANC)
  17. Mr. MT Masutha (ANC)
  18. Mr. JS Mgidi (ANC)
  19. Ms. TR Modise (ANC)
  20. Mr. AC Nel (ANC)
  21. Ms. LB Ngwane (ANC*)
  22. Ms. NN Nqakula (ANC)
  23. Mr. GG Oliphant (ANC)
  24. Prof. SS Ripinga (ANC*)
  25. Imam G Solomon (ANC)
  26. Dr. JT Delport (DP)
  27. Adv. HC Schmidt (DP)
  28. Ms. D Smuts (DP)
  29. Ms. R Taljaard (DP*)
  30. Ms. SA Seaton (IFP*)
  31. Mr. PF Smith (IFP)
  32. Mrs. SM Camerer (NNP)
  33. Adv. AH Gaum (NNP*)
  34. Mr. ME Mabeta (UDM)
  35. Mr. RP Meyer (UDM*)
  36. Mr. SN Swart (ACDP)
  37. Dr. CP Mulder (FF)
  38. Mr. C Aucamp (AEB)
  39. Dr. IA van Niekerk (FA)
  40. Ms. P de Lille (PAC)
  41. Mr. PHK Ditshetelo (UCDP)
  42. Mr. MA Mangena (AZAPO)
  43. Ms. S Rajbally (MF)

National Council of Provinces representatives

  1. Ms EN Lubidla (ANC, Northern Cape)
  2. Mr. JL Mahlangu (ANC, Mpumalanga; Co-chair)
  3. Mr. A Marais (ANC, Free State)
  4. Mr. MW Moosa (ANC, Gauteng)
  5. Mr. MJ Mushwana (ANC, Northern Province*)
  6. Mr. TS Setona (ANC, Free State)
  7. Mr. ME Surty (ANC, North West*)
  8. Ms. B Thompson (ANC, KwaZulu-Natal)
  9. Mr. LG Lever (DP, North West)
  10. Mr. PA Matthee (NNP, KwaZulu-Natal)
  11. Mr. KDS Durr (ACDP, Western Cape)

* = Alternate member

Reports on the initial hearings held on this Bill are found in this Archive:

January 1998 - March 1999

Justice Portfolio Committee: 23 March 1999
Justice Portfolio Committee: 24 March 1999.


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