The Promotion of Access to Information Act[1] (PAIA) was enacted to realize the section 32 Constitutional right to access to information. In terms of the Constitution, everyone has a right to information held by the state or private body which is required for the protection or exercise of their Constitutional right.

PAIA enables Corruption Watch to investigate reports of corruption within the country and to hold both public and private bodies accountable for their actions or lack thereof. PAIA makes provision for everyone to be able to access whatever information they need to exercise or protect their constitutional rights. The Government cannot withhold information that is required for one to exercise or protect their Constitutional rights, neither can private bodies. When one requests information from a private body then one has to state which constitutional right they are protecting or exercising. However when seeking information from the Government, they need not go into any detail about what right they are protecting. Some government bodies are more cooperative than others when it comes to responding to PAIA requests. This does not stop us from requesting the information through provisions in PAIA, and we will push until we get what we are looking for. Our PAIA register will enable you to see the performance of some of the public bodies we have requested information from.

[1] Act 2 of 2000

Corruption Watch PAIA requests

1. South African Social Security Agency18 September 2014Documents in respect of various procurement contractsNo response- DEEMED REFUSED
2. National Department of Social Development18 September 2014Documents in respect of payments made to SASSAAcknowledged receipt and requested extension. No further response. DEEMED REFUSED
3. City of Tshwane Metropolitan University2 October 2014 and
9 December 2014
Documentation in respect of newly appointed employee in nepotism investigationAcknowledged receipt, no response, appeal lodged- DEEMED REFUSAL
4. Department of Mineral Resources5 November 2014Mineral and mining lease agreementsAcknowledged receipt, no response, appeal lodged- DEEMED REFUSAL
5. Department of Rural Development and Land Reform5 November 2014Mineral and mining lease agreementsINFORMATION RECEIVED
6. National Lotteries Board 6 November 2014Documentation in respect of funding to NGO’sRequest and Appeal REFUSED
7. National Department of Health20 November 2014Documentation in respect of tender contract with National Health Laboratory Services No acknowledgment and no response- DEEMED REFUSAL
8. Gauteng Department of Education3 March 2015Forensic Audit Report into Glenvista High SchoolRequest for extension- PENDING
9. Victor Khanye Local Municipality1 July 2015Audit ReportPENDING
10. Legal Aid SA2 July 2015Procurement ContractsPENDING
11. Jozini Local Municipality6 July 2015Audit ReportINFORMATION RECEIVED
12. Gauteng
Department Of Education
7 July 2015Audit Report into Lyttleton Primary SchoolPENDING