Presidency: We will submit handbook

Pretoria – The presidency will submit the presidential handbook before the end of November following a high court order, it said on Sunday.

“The presidency has welcomed the order made by the North Gauteng High Court confirming the undertaking made by the presidency to avail, on or before 30 November 2015, the presidential handbook,” it said.

“Accordingly, the presidency will submit the handbook as ordered by the court.”

On Friday lobby group AfriForum said the court ruled in their favour.

AfriForum’s Werner Human said at the time the group had brought the court application in the public’s interest to establish the rules that applied to private holiday expenses for members of the Presidency.

This was after the then deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe spent R2m on a private holiday in the Seychelles.

“It is encouraging that this case now compels the completion of the presidential handbook. The handbook has been in design stage since 2007, and its completion has since dragged on,” Werner said.

“The public has an interest in knowing how taxpayers’ money is used, especially by the top level of government and especially where expenses are incurred for private purposes and funded by government.”

The presidency said on Sunday that AfriForum sought the disclosure of certain confidential documents.

“The presidency therefore also welcomes the court’s clarity that AfriForum is not entitled to invoke the Promotion of Access to Information Act to access Cabinet documents,” it said.