Opposition demands release of APRM report on South Africa

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's- main opposition the Democratic Alliance on Tuesday called on the government to release immediately the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) report on South Africa presented at the African Union summit in Accra, Ghana.
The DA expressed disappointment that the report has not been released to the South African public, saying it must be released soon so that the civil society who were the main contributors should become the main benefactors.
"Government has the document, but refuses to release it immediately, saying the public will only get a chance to see it in next month.
"This presents the public with some difficulties, as they are only exposed to the information that government wishes them to receive.
It limits the transparency and openness of the APRM process, which is is contrary to the spirit of the report and the process," DA spokesperson Seremane charged.
He called on government to stop "stage-managing the process" so that it is as open and transparent as possible.
"Only in this manner can government go about fixing the highlighted problem areas – such as HIV/AIDS and crime – with honesty and full public support," he said.
"The entire APRM process has been stage-managed by government to restrict the information that gets released to the public.
Therefore government only has itself to blame for the criticisms levelled at it about the lack of transparency and openness.
The people of South Africa have a right to know what the report says at the earliest possible date.
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03 july 2007 10:32:00




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