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: 1183
Number of requests pending: 38
Number of requests granted in full: 205
Number of requests granted in part: 139
Number of requests transferred in full: 48
Number of requests transferred in part: 6
Number of requests denied: 212
Number of requests deemed to have been refused: 303

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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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No Deputy Information Officer appointed to handle PAIA requests at Coronation

April 8th, 2016

SAHA recently submitted a request to Coronation Fund Managers and experienced a potential roadblock with respect to inconsistent information provided by the private body.

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Press Release: SAHA goes to court seeking records of economic crime and abuse of power from the Auditor General

April 5th, 2016

SAHA has filed court papers requesting that the court declare that the Auditor General of South Africa’s decision not to grant access to records requested in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 is unlawful and unconstitutional.

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Free up information on our past, painful though it may be

April 8th, 2016

A comment piece by Open Secret's Hennie van Vuuren, first published in the Mail and Guardian newspaper, 11 March 2016.

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TRC's Victims Database released by the Department of Justice.

April 18th, 2016

After a decade-long battle, SAHA has received the TRC database but cannot make it available until the DOJ completes the out-of-court settlement process

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