Obtaining of Information through the Promotion of Access to
QUESTION NO: 1267.N167OE
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION
PAPER NO 31 OF SEPTEMBER 2006
MR DHM GIBSON (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER
OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
(1) Since the Promotion of Access to Information
Act, Act 2 of 2000, came into effect,
how many times has it been used to
obtain information from her department and;
what documentation was requested
in each instance.
(2) Whether her department complied with such request
in each instance; if not, why not; if so,
(3) Whether her department complied
within 30 days; if not,
why did her department not refuse the request;
many times has a request thus refused been taken to court;
what was the outcome
of the court case in each instance and,
what were the associated costs of the
litigation to her department in each case?.
Since the Promotion of Access to Information Act, Act 2 of 2000, came into effect
it has been used twenty nine (29) times to obtain information from my department.
The following documentation was requested in each instance:
regarding a meeting that purportedly took place between a certain person and the
former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr R Botha on 27 June1990.
regarding a cabinet decision taken on 7 August 1991.
- Information regarding
a meeting that purportedly took place between the former Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Mr R Botha, and Maj-Gen Holomisa on 26 August 1991.
- Copy of the Department's
Promotion of Access to Information Manual
- Department's Internal Policy
- Department's Section 32 Annual Report to the Human
Documents on export of Centurion tanks from RSA to a
certain country in 1961 and other armaments.
- Export of anti aircraft guns
from a certain country to RSA in 1963/4
- Military agreements between a
certain country and RSA
- Exchange of military pilots between Swiss-Air
and South African Airways between 1983-1992
- Copy of an agreement between
Security Services Transkei and The Joint Commission for Security and Co-operation.
Information regarding Subsistence and travel allowances
relating to a diplomatic visa issued to the requester.
- Documentation issued
by the Foreign Ministry of a certain country requesting information on the visa
issued to a certain person
- Documents relating to a case against the requester
Information on the human rights situation in a certain country
minutes, records and correspondence from nationals of a certain country for asylum
Information pertaining to nuclear non-proliferation and/or proliferation.
Information on the relation between RSA and a certain country between 1982-1984
Information from the archives regarding the relationship between RSA and a certain
- Information on the communication between a certain country and
RSA regarding nuclear programmes and/or nuclear weapons.
- Reports on dismissal
of the requester from the Department of Customs and Excise.
- Report in
respect of an investigation lodged against a requester.
- Copy of a contract
that the Department of Foreign Affairs. concluded with a certain company.
Access to documents of transfer from 1999 to 2004.
- Requested information
regarding visits of SA delegates in 1902,1940-1960 to a certain country.
Information on all filing systems for correspondence-based records in 1970-1994.
of a submission dated 29 June 1998 regarding the requester's reinstatement.
pertaining to discussions between RSA and a certain country.
Copy of a legal
opinion on United Nations Convention on the rights of the child.
in regard to RSA's interest in the security situation in a certain country between
Records of inter-governmental communications and agreements between
RSA and a certain country regarding a certain person's release. Records regarding
a certain country's support of RSA during apartheid.
Records relating to
a certain advertised position of in the Department of Foreign Affairs.
of the procedure followed for shortlisting and interviewing applicants for a certain
post in the Department of Foreign Affairs and the composition of the Panel that
interviewed and shortlisted the candidates.
All records, minutes of meetings,
agreements between a certain official from the Ministry of Minerals and Energy,
a certain country and/or agents relating to RSA individuals and companies.
report of the National Conventional Arms Control Committee of 2003.
conference building measure declarations pursuant to the biological, chemical
and toxic weapons convention.
Reports to United Nations Resolution 1540
(2004) and Working paper to the 2003 BTWC meetings
Yes, my department
complied with all the requests, unless access could be refused as envisaged by
3. Yes, my department acknowledged all requests within thirty (30)