Is it perhaps because they are listed among one of the few countries in the world capable of producing nuclear weapons?
Is it because of their growing ties with communist China?
Is it because they are trying to hide the theft from government coffers?
Is it because they are trying to maintain their false image?
If the Bill was aimed at curbing foreign spies, why then is the Bill so strict in limiting the local media?
A country like the New South Africa, bragging about their open policies and their so-called democracy, should have nothing to fear, because there should be nothing to hide.
Spies won't like info bill: Cwele Sapa | 24 January, 2012 13:33
Foreign spies who found it easy to access information in the past will not be happy when the Protection of State Information Bill is passed, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele told MPs on Tuesday.
"If I am a foreign spy -- any legislation which makes my work harder won't be nice for me," Cwele told the National Council of Provinces ad-hoc committee dealing with the bill.
Information peddling was a "growing cancer" and laws did not exist to fight it, he said.
South Africa had to learn from other countries when it came to protecting state information.
"This is a growing cancer and we don't have the legal [remedy] to deal with it," he said.
"We have to learn from the experiences of other countries. We have to learn how they have dealt with their challenges."
The department's acting director general Dennis Dlomo, told the committee that the bill was not meant to hide information from South Africans.
"We are not hiding it from our fellow South Africans... We are hiding it from those who are trying to harm our national interests," Dlomo said.
"It is not as complicated as it is sometimes made out to be."
He said if the head of an organ of state came across wrongdoing and the information was classified, they would be obliged to declassify that information.
"This bill seeks to balance the need to maintain secrecy wherever and whenever necessary," he said.
The NCOP's public hearings on the bill, passed by the National Assembly last November, are due to start in February.