DA moots replacement for Key Points Act

2013-11-06 19:52

Cape Town - DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has proposed a private members’ bill to replace the contested National Key Points Act.

Mazibuko said on Wednesday the law was unconstitutional and should make way for legislation that would protect the country's critical installations in a transparent manner.

It was adopted by the apartheid regime in 1980.

Her proposal, which she will hand to Speaker Max Sisulu, would see the power to declare a national key point - currently held by the police minister - passed to a board of officials and strict criteria introduced to make sure it was used only to protect areas of national security.

It would also oblige the state to make public the full list of such protected places.

Opposition parties and rights groups have in recent years, petitioned government to end the practice of keeping its list of national key points under wraps.

Mazibuko said the law was used by the apartheid regime to combat political resistance by declaring places key points so that any attack on them could be prosecuted as sabotage or terrorism.

"It was used to wage war on our own people... It is clear that this legislation is unconstitutional and has no place in a democratic South Africa."

She said the law was being abused by the current government to cover up the use of state funds, such as the R206m in taxpayer's money spent on improvements at President Jacob Zuma's private homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

"When the public outcry mounted, President Zuma and his cabinet ministers used an archaic, unconstitutional piece of legislation to not only justify the expenditure but to hide its true extent."

She added: "These actions are congruent with the behaviour of the apartheid regime."

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said earlier this year that Zuma's home in Nkandla was declared a national key point in 2010.

The Right2Know campaign and the South African History Archives last month launched a court bid to force the minister of police to release a list of national key points.

The activist group said the post-apartheid government had on numerous occasions used the law to prevent democratic protest in public places.

It went to court after its application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act to have the list released was refused.

  • JMaree - 2013-11-06 19:59

    Thank you DA, without you cancer would have stripped this country bare and all our people would have starved! Thank you for saving us from ultimate cancer destruction!

  • Ali Motaung - 2013-11-06 20:14

    Jealous down/up - when it comes to thinking strategically; like a real opposition party, they are - DA knows what to do! From Menzi, spy tapes saga, Nkandlagate ... etc! They are really shaking things up and giving No 1 sleepless nights! Me and my "clever blacks" friends' always say put education first because you can always think strategically, objectively ...

      The planner - 2013-11-06 20:29


      Ali Motaung - 2013-11-06 20:54

      Planner. I am sure you have Std 2 like ur No 1 god!?

  • john.denmarku - 2013-11-06 20:16

    Good work DA, and Nkandla (private residence of JZ), is not a Key Interest Point...that "paradise" for which public funds were abused for private purposes (at the expense of our poor, unemployed, etc citizens), should be a a community centre for the rural citizens in that area...we ALL paid for that residence.

      Ali Motaung - 2013-11-06 21:04

      JohnDe. Seconded on community centre point and there's a spaza shop - they can eat ... especially the unemployed, abused kids/women, disabled, sick and those buying water (thinking its gonna cure AIDS), not forgetting those who believed some guy saying he is Jesus .....

      JohnDe - 2013-11-06 21:23

      Ali, JZ is a dictator that consumes public funds for his own consumption. He is fully aware that every penny of tax funds he abuses, removes food from the table for our poor. He is not a "leader" (never was). If he was a leader, he would have removed doubt about whether Nkandla was paid for with his own funds or money, instead of taxpayer monies, by paying the R200m personally long ago. Madiba sacrificed his all for all our people, while JZ sacrifices all well being of others for his own personal benefit. This is the fundamental difference and which is called zANC self-enrichment. To be clear, JZ is the opposite of a deity.

      Ali Motaung - 2013-11-06 21:53

      JohnDe. Please tell me something I don't know - we share the same sentiments, I am not against u!!

  • Verbotene Liebe - 2013-11-06 20:19

    l always say the same thing, that without the DA this country would have been more trashed, lots of problems everywhere. Their fight for this beautiful country to be stable and well run is much appreciated, by those who understand the problem.

  • Manathengldinoh Lenatha - 2013-11-06 20:24

    thinking out of the box DA once again, #1 and his cronies have thorn in DA to shake 'em up. wonder whats going through mantashe's blood stream//

      Amanda Matthews - 2013-11-06 20:48

      Imminent heart attack??

      Ali Motaung - 2013-11-06 21:20

      Renal failure??

  • Alida Pope - 2013-11-06 20:50

    I don't think many people realise how serious this is. Let the DA fight with all their might. For a great job opportunity buy a T shirt from the school in KZN, I'm sure the money will be used towards better education.

  • Rustic - 2013-11-06 20:51

    "Key points" as the gvt puts it, belong to the taxpayer. The present ANC gvt is completely out of line by wanting to make invisible, those things that it tries to divorce from us and use to its party-political advantage.

  • Siyabonga Zondi - 2013-11-06 21:09

    Cowards always resort to courts. Nonsense DA, ow sorry the pres said we must allow Lindiwe, mainane n madam to talk nonsense. ANC runs the country they wont pass any bill proposed by DA

  • Linky Wells Robertsons - 2013-11-07 05:23

    Foolishness and lack of political understanding will leave many idiots in our country in eternal darkness. The so called Nkandlagate is something that this GNU is trying to gamble our lives with. The Guptagate too is another token which is being used. The reality will never be spoken of even here in the media and we the public will scream our hearts out for nothing.

  • Linky Wells Robertsons - 2013-11-07 05:27

    Where was the DA in 1980 and in 1994 and where was the NKPA by the time? I would like to know who personally gave Zuma R206 000 000.00 and why rather than just barking in the middle of something we do not know where it all started.

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