National key points: What you weren't meant to know

2015-01-23 09:29
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Johannesburg - The Waterkloof Airforce base, where 200 guests of the Gupta family landed in a chartered plane for a wedding in 2013, is not a national key point.

No other military base appeared on the national key points list published by the Mail & Guardian on Friday.

President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla and other residences, former president Thabo Mbeki's home and former president Nelson Mandela's home were listed as national key points as at January 2015. Former president FW de Klerk's home was also listed.

Every provincial legislature was included on the list and projects such as the Square Kilometre Array telescope.


The main airports of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban appeared, but those in Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and East London did not.

Petrol depots, pipelines, electricity infrastructure and the Reserve Bank were on the list as well as the SABC and its branches.

Police stations were also not listed as key points, and nor are prisons or courts. Cellphone networks are also not listed.

On 3 December, the South Gauteng High Court ruled in favour of the Right2Know Campaign and the SA History Archive and ordered the SA Police Service to disclose the list of protected areas within 30 days.

Apartheid era legislation

According to the Mail & Guardian, which published the full list on Friday, the National Key Points Act dates back to the apartheid government, but has been applied by the democratic government. The Right2Know Campaign said it will call for the Act to be scrapped when it comes before Parliament for review.

The key points list was cited as a reason for not publishing pictures of Zuma's Nkandla residence, and for protesters not being allowed to picket outside mines or courts.

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