Your Right To Know

32. (1) Everyone has the right of access to —

(a) any information held by the state; and
(b) any information that is held by another person and that is required for the exercise or protection of any rights.

The South African Constitution


Number of requests made: 1202
Number of requests pending: 39
Number of requests granted in full: 218
Number of requests granted in part: 143
Number of requests transferred in full: 52
Number of requests transferred in part: 6
Number of requests denied: 221
Number of requests deemed to have been refused: 306

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Access to information is an enabling right


Shining a light on access to information

May 24th, 2016

SAHA was excited to receive its first ever PAIA manual in Braille from the National Department of Human Settlements this month demonstrating access to information on a whole new level.

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Record keeping shouldn’t be this hard

May 24th, 2016

SAHA is reminded of the oft-forgotten but critical role of record keeping in access to information when it asked for records from the Office of the President around the cost of relocating Parliament.

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May 19th, 2016

We are looking for recent South African graduates with a keen interest in activism and struggles for justice and accountability in South Africa for the second phase of internships for 2016

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With great power comes great confusion?

May 7th, 2016

"Pioneering PPP projects" that existed before National Treasury issued regulations governing PPP's seem to exist in a void, devoid of transparency

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Where is our Information Regulator?

April 27th, 2016

SAHA notes the critical role the Human Rights Commission has historically played as a watchdog over PAIA compliance and the need for the fast tracking of the setting up of the office of the Information Regulator.

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Requestee bodies slipping through the legal web leaving transparency stuck behind

April 22nd, 2016

Despite strict regulations put into place by Treasury Public-Private Partnerships are able to shift responsibility with relative ease and are avoiding transparency

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DOJ releases TRC records filled with inconsistent redactions

April 18th, 2016

The DOJ's inconsistent application of blanket over-redaction to TRC records once again demonstrates deeply worrying non-compliance with PAIA and failure to consider the public interest override.

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Forthcoming series - Battle against forgetting - human rights & the unfinished business of the TRC

April 7th, 2016

To mark 20 years since the first public hearings of South Africa’s TRC on 15 April 1996, SAHA and partners will be hosting a series of public exhibitions, film screenings, panel discussions and workshops at Constitution Hill

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