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: 1162
Pending: 92
Granted in full: 252
Granted in part: 141
Transferred in full to one body: 52
Transferred in full to more than one body: 12
Transferred in part – remainder pending 1
Transferred in part – remainder released in full 21
Transferred in part – remainder released in part 6
Transferred in part – remainder denied with grounds 2
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Transferred in part – remainder withdrawn within the timeframe 0
Withdrawn within timeframe: 2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: 6
Denied: 217
Deemed to have been refused: 347

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Access to information is an enabling right


He slipped in his cell: Death in detention in 2015

August 30th, 2016

A request for records related to an unexplained death inside a South African prison.

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How information enables protest: SAHA attends Right to Protest Workshop

August 30th, 2016

Attending the right to protest workshop at the Public Interest Law Gathering (PILG) provided an opportunity amongst others to see how SAHA has been using access to information to support others’ enabling of the right to protest.

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September 1st, 2016

SAHA is looking for a creative, energetic professional with an understanding of, and commitment to, archival activism to lead the organisation, ensuring long-term impact and sustainability of the organisation in line with its mandate.

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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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