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: 1105
Number of requests pending: 80
Number of requests granted in full: 250
Number of requests granted in part: 142
Number of requests transferred in full: 54
Number of requests transferred in part: 6
Number of requests withdrawn within timeframe: 2
Number of requests treated as non-compliant: 5
Number of requests denied: 217
Number of requests deemed to have been refused: 346

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Secrecy as Procedure: The need for a transparent SAPS

August 19th, 2016

In remembrance of the Marikana massacre, SAHA reflects on our requests to the South African Police Services in this year and others.

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A series of compliant decisions coming out of local government

August 11th, 2016

Following on from successful local government elections in 2016 SAHA reminisces on some of the compliant decisions it received this year

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How do you catch a Municipal Manager and pin them to down to a meeting?

August 2nd, 2016

We are undeterred and have renewed our efforts to get municipal managers in the room for our final training session in September.

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We didn't start the PAIA - but we've been fanning the local flames

July 28th, 2016

Local government is important for more than one day a year, as many a municipal manager ought to know.

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An intern reflects: A Society De-pressed

July 22nd, 2016

An intern discusses the latest media restriction changes and how they will affect the archives and society. She reflects on the press restrictions that were instated during the State of Emergency juxtaposing the past and contemporary times under media cen

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An Intern Reflects: 6 Month Internship at SAHA

July 8th, 2016

SAHA'S FOIP intern visiting from Canada reflects on her 6 month placement in Johannesburg.

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Hashtag protest, Hashtag suppression: universities' interdicts against students

June 28th, 2016

Following the #feesmustfall mass mobilisation SAHA requests copies of the interdicts obtained in response to protests by universities and received mixed responses

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An Intern Reflects: Released Records Advances Activism

June 15th, 2016

How are records used to forward activism? Recently, our FOIP intern attended the launch of a Report on Counting Police Recorded Protests hosted by the Social Change Research Unit to take a look at how data we received was put to good use.

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