Police Ministry to appeal court ruling on National Key Points


The Police Ministry has lodged papers in the South Gauteng High Court challenging the ruling it should disclose the name of more than 200 National Key Points.

This follows an early December ruling by the court in favour of the Right2Know campaign that Minister Nathi Nhleko disclose the names of National Key Points within 30 days.

Police Ministry spokesman Musa Zondi confirmed to defenceWeb an appeal had been lodged but said a hearing date had not been allocated.

Responding to this development, opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow police minister, Dianne Kohler Barnard, said it had become “just too easy for government to access taxpayers’ money for this sort of frivolous appeal”.

She added the 1980 National Key Points Act was a “vintage piece of apartheid legislation”.
“Virtually every line conjures up the plotting and fulminations of the politicians of that era, desperate to hold onto the monster they had created.
“That this Act exists in this form today is an indictment on our hard-won democracy and who could have predicted that the new governing party would take to its implementation with such gusto? It is an anachronism that has been referred to as ludicrous, unconstitutional and totally invalid.”

The latest SA Police Service annual report lists 248 National Key Points and strategic installations. It states there are 90 VIP residences, 42 installations/government buildings, 15 Presidential residential premises and three offices.

Kohler Barnard said the “obvious ones” such as airports, harbours, power plants, naval bases, Parliament and provincial legislatures as well as courts, prisons, the SABC and certain intelligence buildings were also “well-known”.

Add to this others made public by Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj (the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA) and Naledi Pandor who, when she was Minister of Home Affairs, told the nation the Government Printer in the Pretoria CBD was a national key point and the need for secrecy around them becomes confusing.

Another example of the law being flouted can be found at Denel’s Irene campus in Centurion where people entering the visitors’ reception are reminded via a wall-mounted plaque they are now entering a National Key Point.

Kohler Barnard maintains the 1980 Act is “a flabby, self-serving piece of legislation that should be on an apartheid era scrapheap”.