Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Monday, June 18, 2007

I think I would have to share some of the DA's 'reservations' about Government's proposal to place NIA operatives into state departments to "protect state secrets and combat corruption".

Whilst I see and applaud its reasoning in cutting corruption from state departments, the process of "protecting state secrets" has always been of nebulous and open interpretation, and is easy vehicle for abuse. All it takes is one overbearing official to turn a seemingly harmless and positive move into a powerful tool for subverting democratic ideals and open debate.