‘More on national key points’

2013-07-09 00:00

CAPE TOWN — After the minister of Home Affairs revealed that the Government Printing Works (GPW) building in Pretoria is a ­national key point, the DA wants more of them made public.

DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard , said if Naledi Pandor could admit that the GPW is a key point, then Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa “must come clean on the rest”.

She said in a letter to Mthethwa that her previous request for the list of national key points to be released should be reviewed.

“He must also explain what ­criteria are used to classify national key points,” she said.

Kohler Barnard said the DA would continue to ask each state department in Parliament what buildings it had that are classified as national key points.

This after the DA’s spokesperson on Home Affairs, Manny de Freitas, asked Pandor about the national key points specific to Home ­Affairs.

Responding to the DA’s question, the minister told Parliament that the GPW head office was a key point. Pandor also provided the criteria for classifying key points as being “of strategic importance, irreplaceability, interdependence, and effect on morale”.

Kohler Barnard said while Home Affairs willingly provided the information, Mthethwa had refused to provide the list of national key points to Parliament because of “security concerns”.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that some members of the ­executive are using the National Key Points Act in order to hide ­information that might embarrass the government,” Kohler Barnard said.

“This selective use of the National Key Points Act must end and the full list be revealed to South ­Africa,” she said.

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