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Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act No. 2 of 2000)

Part 2 : Access to Records of Public Bodies

Chapter 4 : Grounds for Refusal of Access to Records

46. Mandatory disclosure in public interest

 

 

Despite any other provision of this Chapter, the information officer of a public body must grant a request for access to a record of the body contemplated in section 34(1), 36(1), 37(1)(a) or (b), 38(a) or (b), 39(1)(a) or (b), 40, 41(1)(a) or (b), 42(1) or (3), 43(1) or (2), 44(1) or (2) or 45, if—

(a) the disclosure of the record would reveal evidence of—

(i)        a substantial contravention of, or failure to comply with, the law; or

(ii)        an imminent and serious public safety or environmental risk; and

(b)        the public interest in the disclosure of the record clearly outweighs the harm contemplated in the provision in question.