Johannesburg - State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has told the Constitutional Court that lawyers and journalists could be the subjects of surveillance for intelligence gathering.
Dlodlo filed her notice of appeal in the apex court in a bid to overturn North Gauteng High Court Judge Roland Sutherland’s ruling declaring parts of Rica invalid and inconsistent with the Constitution.
Dlodlo said Judge Sutherland got it wrong because he did not address the circumstances where the subject of surveillance was a practising lawyer or journalist.
“The State Security Agency gathers or collects intelligence for purposes of ensuring the security of the republic, and the Constitution does not prohibit the gathering of such from practising lawyers or journalists,” she insisted.
The minister said lawyers and journalists already had sufficient protection in law, in that they could not be compelled to disclose the contents of privileged communications with their clients, or to disclose their sources, and that the sections declared inconsistent with the Constitution did not purport to take away that protection.