South African Court Orders Release of Key Points Data

24 December 2014

A South African court has given the Ministry of Police 30 days to make public a list of National Key Points, places designated by the government as being of key security importance.

The South Gauteng High Court Dec. 1 decision says the government’s justification for withholding these records amounted to “platitudes and a recitation of the provisions of the statutes.”

Estimates place the number of key points at around 200. An government appeal of the decision is being considered.

The ruling was welcomed in a statement by the South African History Archive. They said the judgment “highlights the damning failure by the state to provide clear reasons for refusing access to records in terms of South Africa’s key accountability law, the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).”


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