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R2K marchers gather at court

By SAPA Time of article published Nov 24, 2014

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Johannesburg - Protesters gathered outside the High Court in Johannesburg on Monday ahead of an application for a list of South Africa's national key points to be made public.

The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) and the South African History Archive (SAHA) want the list to be made public in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).

Around 40 people gathered outside the court on Pritchard Street, singing songs, blowing whistles and dancing.

A police car was parked nearby to keep an eye on the crowd.

The protesters, some wearing black R2K shirts, drew a small crowd of people walking past as they sang in front of the court's main entrance.

On Sunday, R2K spokesman Murray Hunter said a request was made to the South African Police Service for the list of key points in 2012, but it was refused.

“An internal appeal to the minister of police upheld that refusal; in addition to broad security concerns, the minister cited the need to consider the privacy of private companies protected by the act.”

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.

“We believe this basic transparency is an important step in countering the uncontrolled secrecy and potential abuse of South Africa's 'national security' policies,” Hunter said at the time.

Sapa

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