Police are appealing key points judgment

2014-12-23 15:47

The police ministry has lodged papers in the South Gauteng High Court to challenge the court’s ruling that it should disclose the names of 200 national key points.

“Yes police lodged papers to appeal the [national key points] judgment because we believe a different court may come to a different conclusion than the judgment delivered,” police spokesperson Musa Zondi said.

“Papers were lodged last week already.”

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

The legal battle came after police refused to disclose a list of key points two years ago.

During the court proceedings in November, the state argued that disclosing the key points would put the country’s security and defence at risk.

Forming the basis of the case was the Promotion of Access to Information Act.

The Right2Know Campaign said civic organisations had complained that the secrecy surrounding national key points had been used to undermine the right to know and to protest in public spaces.

National key points may not be photographed or identified as such, and are understood to include military installations and services or factories considered strategic.

Delivering his judgment Judge Roland Sutherland said it was “unlawful and unconstitutional” to not reveal the key points.

He ordered police to pay the legal costs of the groups. Sutherland gave no further details of how he reached his verdict.

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