R2K campaign calls on govt to reconsider surveillance capabilities

The Right to Know campaign says the Rica Act infringes on the rights of citizens.

FILE: Right to Know will be handing over their memorandum to officials at the Office of the Interception Centres in Sandton later this morning. Picture: Shayne Robinson.

CAPE TOWN - The Right to Know campaign will today be handing over a memorandum calling for government to reconsider its surveillance capabilities.

The group is calling for a reform of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Communication-Related Information Act (Rica) which they claim infringes on the rights of citizens.

Last month, the United Nations Human Rights Committee issued a report condemning the country's surveillance capabilities.

Right to Know will be handing over their memorandum to officials at the Office of the Interception Centres in Sandton later this morning.

The group's Murray Hunter says there has been countless cases over the years showing the way in which the state is "spying" on some citizens.

"We see mounting evidence that human rights defenders and political activists are despised on and for us it's time for South Africa to consider how communication surveillance is potentially a threat to human rights when it is so open to abuse."