Quote of the week

It is necessary that the integrity of the electoral process be maintained. Indeed, the acceptance of the election as being free and fair depends upon that integrity. Elections must not only be free and fair but they must be perceived as being free and fair. Even-handedness in dealing with all political parties and candidates is crucial to that integrity and its perception by voters. The Commission must not be placed in a situation where it has to make ad hoc decisions about political parties and candidates who have not complied with the Act. The requirement that documents must be submitted to the local offices of the Commission does not undermine the right to vote and to stand for election. It simply gives effect to that right and underscores the decentralised and local nature of municipal elections.

Ngcobo CJ
Electoral Commission of the Republic of South Africa v Inkatha Freedom Party
13 September 2011

Stop Secrecy Bill – march to Parlaiment on 17 September

DEMAND THE RIGHT TO KNOW!
STOP THE SECRECY BILL!
Right2Know March to Parliament, 10.30am – 1pm, Saturday 17 September

It’s been almost one year since R2K mounted its first march on Parliament in protest at the draconian Secrecy Bill! Through the efforts of our membership of civil society organisations, social movements and community groups, we have ensured that many of the draconian clauses have been removed or revised. But despite efforts to reform the Secrecy Bill in Parliament, the final draft that will appear before the National Assembly still metes out harsh prison sentences to whistleblowers, and poses a clear threat to the free flow of information.

On Saturday 17 September from 10.30am to 1pm, thousands of South Africans will join in a march to Parliament to reject the final draft of the ‘Secrecy Bill’.

Start time: 10.30AM (right after the rugby)
Where: Cnr of Tennant St and Kaizersgracht (outside CPUT campus)

COME DRESSED IN RED, BLACK and WHITE!

How can you get involved? 
1) Join the MARCH! RSVP on the Facebook event page: SPEAK OUT AGAINST SECRECY: MARCH TO PARLIAMENT!

2) Send this invitation to everyone you know!

3) Volunteer to be a MARSHAL on the day. Send an with your contact details and “Marshal” in the subject line to right2knowsa@gmail.com 

4) Make a DONATION to support the march! This can be done online on R2K’s Donors Page

For more information, and to organise transport for your community contact Nkwame Cedile: nkwame.cedile@gmail.com / 021 461 7211 or 078 227 6008

Issued by Right2Know Secretariat

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