ANC sets up Info Bill committee

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Women with their mouthes taped up and some 1,000 people protest on November 22, 2011 outside the South African Parliament in Cape Town against the Protection of State Information Bill.

Women with their mouthes taped up and some 1,000 people protest on November 22, 2011 outside the South African Parliament in Cape Town against the Protection of State Information Bill.

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Women with their mouthes taped up and some 1,000 people protest on November 22, 2011 outside the South African Parliament in Cape Town against the Protection of State Information Bill.

Women with their mouthes taped up and some 1,000 people protest on November 22, 2011 outside the South African Parliament in Cape Town against the Protection of State Information Bill.

The ANC has set up a committee to consider further public submissions on the Protection of State Information Bill after postponing the parliamentary vote on the bill last week.

"The committee will be responsible for co-ordinating public engagement with representatives from civil society, non-governmental and community-based organisations and interested individuals on the draft bill," the office of African National Congress chief whip Mathole Motshekga said on Tuesday.

The committee would hold public meetings across the country to hear people&39;s views on the bill.

A special ANC study group would consider written and oral submissions from interested parties in Parliament.

The bill seeks to regulate the classification of state information, but it has drawn unprecedented opposition with critics saying it fails to balance the need to protect national security with the constitutional imperative of transparency.