With the introduction of the current information bill, I will never be able to vote for you again. And I have voted for you - ever since you were unbanned.
You see, I will never again know how you have performed in government. I will be sure how your members have acted: with integrity? with honesty? with morality? I will therefore have to assume the worst.
With all the calls by the ANC emphasising the need for this bill, I have not seen one example in the press where a journalist has released information that I would deem harmful to security. I have seen many articles that are embarassing for the ANC, the government, even the president, but not harmful.
Even you have stated that service delivery is bad, that Malema needs to control his mouth, that ministers have not performed, crime is serious, corruption is endemic, our philandering president has overstepped the mark.
So is this what 'National Security' becomes? We cannot know about our president's love child because it is demeaning? We cannot know when MPs buy expensive cars with taxpayers money because it may compromise their safety? We cannot know that crime is bad because it may affect investor sentiment? We cannot know about corruption as it sends out a negative image to other countries? Why you dont try and fix the underlying problem instead escapes me:- unless you dont want to?
Because that is what will happen. All it takes is one government official saying security is affected and reporting has to cease.
The argument that MPs and others need 'protection' from the press is a red herring. There are laws of libel, slander, to cover lies. Why aren't they used? Because it may bring up evidence? Easier just to ban the report.
I am only one voter. I am sure there are countless more like me.