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Calls for 'apartheid-era' Key Points Act to be reviewed

R2K hopes the latest court judgment forces govt to review the act which was established under apartheid.

FILE: The Union Buildings which forms the official seat of government is also a National Key Point. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Right2Know (R2K) campaign says it hopes the judgment ordering the Police Ministry to release the names of 200 National Key Points will force government to review the act which was established under apartheid.

The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday gave the police 30 days to hand over the list, but it's still unclear whether they will apply for leave to appeal.

National Key Points are protected from being photographed or identified as key points, and are understood to include military installations, services or factories which are considered strategic.

The matter dates back to 2012, when Right2Know was not given permission to see the list because the police argued it would jeopardise state security.

The campaign's Dale Mckinley says the National Key Points Acts of 1980 must be reviewed, as it's not in line with the Constitution.

He says it's in the public's interest to know where the Key Points are and to hold government accountable.

"It's an apartheid era piece of legislation that does not belong in our Constitutional democracy."

The lobby group says it will publish the list as soon as it receives it.

But it's unclear whether police will appeal the judgment.

Earlier this month, Judge Roland Sutherland questioned why the names of the Key Points are being kept secret, saying he's astonished because the National Key Points Act of 1980 never indicated that this list must be confidential.