SA is torn between secrecy and transparency

SA is capable of sustaining two narratives. One, which provoked a Financial Times editorial suggesting the Protection of Information Bill represents the path to Zimbabwe, is cloaked in secrecy. The competing narrative — the one of transparency — was enhanced with the unveiling of the 2010 Open Budget Index, an international survey that measures countries’ transparency and openness in budget information and access. Second last year, SA has now made it to the top of the pile — something that should be earmarked as the standard to be followed in all areas of public and corporate life.

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