The power of information: Implementing the right to information laws

  • Mukelani Dimba
Keywords: access to information, constitution, criminal justice


South Africa boasts what has been referred to as the gold standard of constitutional development in terms of its constitutional reforms, its bill of rights, its access to information act, its protection of whistle blowers and the elaboration of other civil, political, social and economic rights. However, a number of state institutions have faltered on the bedrock of implementation of these reforms, especially the implementation of laws aimed at promoting the public's access to information held by the state, and providing for protection of individuals who raise concerns about corruption and fraud in these institutions. This article explores the mixed fortunes of two criminal justice departments in the implementation of these laws.

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