25 April 2024 | 03:05 AM

Watch: Cherese Thakur explains the Steinhoff win

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AmaBhungane advocacy coordinator Cherese Thakur talks on the recent win by amaBhungane and Tiso Blackstar in the Western Cape High Court to gain access to a PwC report commissioned by embattled retailer Steinhoff. The report will shed light on the alleged irregularities giving rise to a precipitous drop in the company’s share price in December 2017.

The decision also strikes a blow against the argument that exemptions from providing such information, such a legal privilege, can be invoked merely on the say-so of the requestee. A sound factual basis must be established.

The impact of this decision is that legitimate requests for access to information from, for example, companies mired in scandal, cannot be ignored or deflected by briefing attorneys to do their bidding.

It means that just because a document may be marked “legally privileged” does not make it necessarily so.

“It has to be emphasised that this first victory is really important, it sets the tone for any further potential litigation and when we look at the actual content of the judgment it is very strong in favour of access to information in this case,” said Thakur

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Before joining the amaBhungane team in 2017, Micah was the national coordinator for media freedom and diversity at the Right2Know Campaign. He holds a Masters in African Studies from Oxford University and a BA Honours in History from Wits University.

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