Beeld wins eNatis case

source: news24
31/05/2007 12:37  – (SA)

Pretoria – The Pretoria High Court has dismissed an application by the director general of transport, Mpumi Mpofu, to prevent the Beeld newspaper from publishing a story on security problems with the eNatis system.

The department of transport was trying to stop Beeld from publishing a story about eNatis because it highlighted “management failures,” the Pretoria High Court heard on Friday.

Arguing on behalf of Media 24, which owns Beeld, advocate Sias Reyneke, SC, told the court that the new computerised transport information system known as eNatis had no security in place.

“It is not because the system is designed that way, it is because it is not managed, it is because there is no governance of the systems,” he said.

He said a section of a report by the auditor-general obtained by Beeld showed there was inadequate password protection and that users had access to sensitive “root files.”

The director-general applied to the Pretoria High Court for an interdict preventing Beeld from publishing facts contained in the auditor-general’s report.

Advocate Pat Ellis, SC, for the department, said it was in the public interest not to have the security problems exposed in detail in the public domain.

“Heaven forbid car theft syndicates use the information to break into the system to cover up their crimes,” he said. news24

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