Section 32 of the Constitution guarantees to everyone the right of access to information held by the state and other persons or institutions. The Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (‘PAIA’) provides the framework and procedures for the exercise of the constitutional right to information. The purpose of the Promotion of Access to Information Act is to give effect to the constitutional right of access to any information held by the state, as well as information held by another person that is required for the exercise or protection of any right. The motivation for giving effect of the right to access to information is to foster a culture of transparency and accountability both in public and private bodies and to promote a society in which the people of South Africa have effective access to information to enable them to more fully exercise and protect all their rights. Maharaj Attorneys are fully committed to the implementation of PAIA in a positive and proactive manner in order to ensure that information under its control is available and accessible, and thus to give effect to the spirit of the fundamental right of access to information and of the constitutional principles governing public administration.
We fully comply with the Promotion of Access to Information Act and are prepared to assist you with any request you make in terms of this Act.