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

SAHA Request Statistics

Submitted: 1068
Pending: 123
Denied: 171
Deemed to have been refused: 361
Granted in full: 164
Granted in part: 118
Transferred in full to one body: 50
Transferred in full to more than one body: 33
Transferred in part – remainder pending 2
Transferred in part – remainder released entirely 21
Transferred in part – remainder released partially without grounds 0
Transferred in part – remainder released partially without grounds 6
Transferred in part – remainder denied with grounds 1
Transferred in part – remainder denied without grounds 2
Transferred in part – remainder deemed 6
Transferred in part – remainder withdrawn within the timeframe 0
Withdrawn within timeframe: 2
Treated as non-compliant: 5

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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT SAHA

November 30th, 2016

SAHA is looking for recent South African graduates with a keen interest in activism and struggles for justice and accountability in South Africa to apply for upcoming internship opportunities at SAHA.

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How do privacy rights interact with access to information held by the state

November 10th, 2016

Representatives of the FOIP team attended the public session of the LRC and INCLO privacy rights conference with the highlight being an online audience with Edward Snowden.

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Testing the right to know through the courts

October 28th, 2016

Sometimes when asserting the right of access to information it is necessary to turn to the courts. SAHA provides an update on its current litigious matters.

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Failing to provide a PAIA manual: an open letter to municipal managers

October 28th, 2016

SAHA sent open letters to every municipality failing to publish a PAIA manual on their website.

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Failing to disclose key information about their municipality: an open letter to municipal managers

October 28th, 2016

SAHA has sent open letters to every municipality failing to publish, on their website, certain key information that they are required, by law, to publish.

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The compromise of reconciliation: an intern reflects on the challenges of the TRC

October 26th, 2016

FOIP interns reflect on the role of amnesty, forgiveness and the accountability of the judiciary in the TRC process, as discussed during SAHA's Spring School

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Opportunity lost: an intern reflects on a submission to the TRC on the accountability of the judiciary during apartheid

October 26th, 2016

FOIP interns reflect on the role of amnesty, forgiveness and the accountability of the judiciary in the TRC process, as discussed during SAHA's Spring School

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At first glance transparent but in fact a little opaque: looking at SAPS’ PAIA compliance

October 26th, 2016

While the SAPS appear to have relatively good access to information compliance figures there is in fact more to the story. Recently the SAPS left, without notice, a key record out of a release to SAHA.

Read more on the SAHA site