Households charged for refusing census

2011-10-28 09:21

Criminal charges were laid against three households in Waterkloof, Pretoria, for refusing to fill out a census form.

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla laid a charge of non-compliance at the Brooklyn police station yesterday, Afrikaans daily Beeld reported.

The case was being investigated.

Lehohla said in a statement that the Statistics Act of 1999 allows him to act against people who refuse to partake in the population and household census.

“Article 16 of the law forces a respondent to answer all questions asked by a Statistics SA official,” he said.

The information was, according to him, only used for statistical purposes and no one, not even the president, could get access on a personal level.

Stats SA used criminal charges as a last resort, he said.

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