Court victory for AfriForum in presidential handbook battle

2015-10-30 18:29
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Cape Town - Lobby group AfriForum’s bid to force the executive to reveal the "presidential handbook" received a boost on Friday when the High Court in Pretoria ruled in their favour.

After a three-year battle, the court ruled that the controversial presidential handbook be made public and be provided to AfriForum before or on November 30. 

The Presidency could not be immediately reached for comment on the ruling. 

AfriForum's Werner Human said the group had brought the court application in the public’s interest to establish the rules that applied to private holiday expenses for members of the Presidency.

This was after the then deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe spent R2m on a private holiday in the Seychelles.

"It is encouraging that this case now compels the completion of the presidential handbook. The handbook has been in design stage since 2007, and its completion has since dragged on," Werner said.

"The public has an interest in knowing how taxpayers’ money is used, especially by the top level of government and especially where expenses are incurred for private purposes and funded by government."

 
Read more on:    afriforum  |  presidency  |  kgalema motlanthe  |  pretoria

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