What is PAIA?

The Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) – effective 9 March 2001 – states that everyone has the right to access any information held by the state or by another person that is required for the exercise and protection of any rights. This information must be quick, effortless and inexpensive to access, to uphold values of transparency, accountability, efficient governance and compliance with the law.

The Act is mindful of all other rights entrenched in the Constitution, ensuring that privacy and confidential documents remain protected. It is aimed at creating an open, empowering and democratic society that supports a culture of human rights and social justice.

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