The Right2Know (R2K) campaign says the argument of national security is often proffered up by the security cluster and while this may be grounds for the invasion of a citizen's privacy, RICA is in many cases inadequate and is being flouted in spite of a legal framework.
The organisation (as friends of the court) along with amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism is challenging South Africa's surveillance law after learning that state spies had been recording journalist Sam Sole's phone communication for (at least) six months in 2008 during the 'Spy Tapes' saga.
R2K deputy national coordinator Ghalib Galant spoke to Aubrey Masango to discuss the matter.
Given that the process is shrouded in mystery and secrecy, I won't even know that that investigation is happening and I won't even be told once nothing is found, that I was being investigated.— Ghalib Galant, Deputy national coordinator, R2K
There are provisions and other jurisdictions for post investigation notification, we don't even have that.— Ghalib Galant, Deputy national coordinator, R2K
Meanwhile the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) is supporting the amaBhunagane's case.
Sanef's executive director Kate Skinner says their particular interest is around journalists.
It is important to say that if journalists are under surveillance, that is going to gave a chilling effect in terms of media freedom and that ultimately impacts on citizens because citizens are not going to get the kind of investigations and information that they need to know about.— Kate Skinner, Executive director, Sanef
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This article first appeared on 702 : [LISTEN] 'RICA's lax framework poses a risk for citizens'