DA welcomes key points ruling

2014-12-03 19:41
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Johannesburg - The DA on Wednesday welcomed a court ruling compelling Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko to disclose the national key points list.

Judge Roland Sutherland of the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg said it was unlawful and unconstitutional for the locations to be kept a secret.

"This judgment makes it clear that the minister and the ANC cannot continue to hide behind this draconian apartheid legislation to classify information in the public interest," DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard said.

The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) and the SA History Archive (Saha) had taken the police ministry to court after it refused to disclose the list as it claimed this would put the country's security and defence at risk.

Kohler Barnard referred to the public protector's report on President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, which stated that then police minister Nathi Mthethwa had "not properly applied his mind when he declared Nkandla a national key point".

"This was clearly part of a co-ordinated strategy to classify as much information about the Nkandla expenditure as possible," said Kohler Barnard.

She said revealing the locations would put an end to classification of information which was in the public's interest.

The police annual report stated there were currently 248 key points.

These included 90 VIP residences, 42 government installations and buildings, 15 presidential residential premises and three offices.

The DA joined the R2K in calling for the National Key Points Act to be scrapped, saying it was a self-serving act.

The court ordered that the police ministry foot the bill for R2K and Saha.

It also gave the ministry 30 days to disclose the list.

The DA intended on writing to Nhleko to request that he meet the deadline.

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