Legislation

Bills

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  • State Liability Amendment Bill [B16-2018], May 2018
    To amend the State Liability Act, 1957, so as to provide for structured settlements for the satisfaction of claims against the State as a result of wrongful medical treatment of persons by servants of the State; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
  • Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill [B15-2018], May 2018
    To amend the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977, so as to extend the list of offences in respect of which a prosecution may be instituted after a period of 20 years has lapsed since the date of the alleged commission of an offence; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
  • Prevention and combating of Hate Crime and Hate Speech Bill [B9-2018], Apr 2018
    To give effect to the Republic’s obligations in terms of the Constitution and international human rights instruments concerning racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, in accordance with international law obligations; to provide for the offence of hate crime and the offence of hate speech and the prosecution of persons who commit those offences; to provide for appropriate sentences that may be imposed on persons who commit hate crime and hate speech offences; to provide for the prevention of hate crimes and hate speech; to provide for the reporting on the implementation, application and administration of this Act; to effect consequential amendments to certain Acts of Parliament; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
  • Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill, Amendment of section 18 of Act 51 of 1977, 18 Dec 2017
    To amend the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977, so as to extend the list of offences where a prosecution may be instituted after a period of 20 years has lapsed since the date of the alleged commission of an offence; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
    Deadline for comments is 28 February 2018
  • International Crimes Bill [B37-2017] and International Crimes Bill: Explanatory summary (English / Afrikaans), GG 41309, GeN 949, 7 Dec 2017
    To criminalise conduct constituting international crimes; to regulate immunity from the prosecution of international crimes; to grant extra-territorial jurisdiction to the courts in respect of international crimes; to regulate the investigation and prosecution of allegations of international crimes; to provide for the extradition of persons accused or convicted of international crimes to foreign States; to provide for the surrender of persons accused or convicted of international crimes to entities; to provide for cooperation with entities in respect of international crimes; to repeal the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act, 2002; to amend the Prevention and Combating of Torture of Persons Act, 2013, so as to confirm immunity for certain persons from prosecution in respect of the crime of torture; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
  • Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Amendment Bill, 2017

    To amend the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, 2004, so as to deal with passive corruption in respect of foreign public officials; to extend the offence of unacceptable conduct relating to ordinary witnesses to include whistle-blowers and members of the accounting profession; to increase the monetary sanctions provided for in the Act; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

  • Legal Practice Amendment Bill [B11-2017]: Explanatory summary, GG 40804, GeN 312, 21 Apr 2017
    To amend the Legal Practice Act, 2014, so as to further regulate the prescription of the areas of jurisdiction of the Provincial Councils; to provide that only practising legal practitioners may perform certain acts or render certain services; to further regulate the duties of banks in respect of trust accounts; to further regulate the duration of the National Forum on the Legal Profession; to further provide for the functions of the National Forum on the Legal Profession; to further provide for the dissolution date of the law societies; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
  • International Arbitration Bill [B10-2017], Mar 2017, Explanatory Summary
    To provide for the incorporation of the Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration, as adopted by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, into South African law; to provide anew for the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards; to repeal the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards Act, 1977; to amend the Protection of Businesses Act, 1978, so as to delete an expression; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
  • Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill [B6-2017]; Discussion Document & Media Briefing, Jan 2017
    To create offences and impose penalties which have a bearing on cybercrime; to criminalise the distribution of data messages which is harmful and to provide for interim protection orders; to further regulate jurisdiction in respect of cybercrimes; to further regulate the powers to investigate cybercrimes; to further regulate aspects relating to mutual assistance in respect of the investigation of cybercrime; to provide for the establishment of a 24/7 Point of Contact; to further provide for the proof of certain facts by affidavit; to impose obligations on electronic communications service providers and financial institutions to assist in the investigation of cybercrimes and to report cybercrimes; to provide for the establishment of structures to promote cybersecurity and capacity building; to regulate the identification and declaration of critical information infrastructures and measures to protect critical information infrastructures; to provide that the Executive may enter into agreements with foreign States to promote cybersecurity; to delete and amend provisions of certain laws; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
  • Traditional Courts Bill [B1-2017], Jan 2017
    To provide a uniform legislative framework for the structure and functioning of traditional courts, in line with constitutional imperatives and values; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
  • Traditional Courts Bill and Summary, 30 Nov 2016
    To provide a uniform legislative framework for the structure and functioning of traditional courts, in line with constitutional imperatives and values; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
  • Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act Repeal Bill [B23-2016], Nov 2016
    Explanatory summary, GG 40403, GeN 747, 03 Nov 2016 [Afr]
    To repeal the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act, 2002; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
  • Invitation to comment on the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, October 2016
    To give effect to the Republic’s obligations in terms of the Constitution and international human rights instruments concerning racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in accordance with international law obligations; to provide for the offence of hate crimes and
    the offence of hate speech and the prosecution of persons who commit those crimes; to provide for appropriate sentences that may be imposed on persons who commit hate crime and hate speech offences; to provide for the prevention of hate crimes and hate speech; to provide for the reporting on the implementation, application and administration of this Act; to amend certain Acts of Parliament consequentially; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
  • International Arbitration Bill [B5-2016] 17 Mar 2016
    To provide for the incorporation of the Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration, as adopted by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, into South African law; to provide anew for the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards; to repeal the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards Act, 1977; to amend the Protection of Businesses Act, 1978, so as to delete an expression; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
  • Debt Collectors Amendment Bill, Oct 2015
    To amend the Debt Collectors Act, 1998, so as to amend and insert certain definitions; to make the Act applicable to attorneys; to make provision for the registration and regulation of debt collectors interns; to provide that the list of registered debt collectors may be submitted to Parliament electronically; to further regulate the processes dealing with improper conduct of debt collectors; to provide for the payment of admission of guilt fines by debt collectors in respect of certain cases of improper conduct; to provide for the appointment of inspectors to assist the Council for Debt Collectors with investigations of complaints against debt collectors; to empower the Council for Debt Collectors to tax or assess any account or statement of costs; to further regulate the administration of trust accounts of debt collectors; to extend the matters in respect of which regulations may be made; to empower the Council for Debt Collectors to delegate certain of its powers and functions; to empower the Council for Debt Collectors to exempt debt collectors from certain requirements of the Act; to require the Rules Board for Courts of Law and the Council for Debt Collectors to make recommendations to the Minister on fees and expenses payable in respect of debt collection; and to provide for matters connected
    therewith.
  • Combating of Torture Bill [B21-2012], 2012: Objects Memo and Explanatory summary, (G 35412, GeN 457), 1 June 2012
  • Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill, [B8 - 2011], 10 Jun 2011
  • Executive Members’ Ethics Amendment Bill, 2011

NOTE: BILLS INTRODUCED INTO PARLIAMENT
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