Criminal Matters Amendment Bill [B 20B-15 (s75)]

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Submissions are now closed (since 20 November 2015)

NCOP Security and Justice

The Select Committee on Security and Justice invites you to submit written submissions on the Criminal Matters Amendment Bill [B 20B-15 (s75)]

The purpose of the Criminal Matters Amendment Bill is to:
• amend the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977, so as to regulate bail in respect of essential infrastructure-related offences;
• amend the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1997, so as to regulate the imposition of discretionary minimum sentences for essential infrastructure-related offences;
• create a new offence relating to essential infrastructure; to amend the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, 1998, so as to insert a new offence in Schedule 1 to the Act;

Comments can be emailed to Mr. G Dixon at gdixon@parliament.gov.za by no later than Friday, 20 November 2015.

Enquiries can be directed to Mr. G Dixon on tel (021) 403-3771

Issued by Hon. DL Ximbi, MP, Chairperson: Select Committee on Security and Justice

Background
The level of crime in South Africa relating to essential infrastructure, used to provide or distribute basic services to the public, especially involving both ferrous and non-ferrous metal, is unacceptably high. It poses a risk to, among others, public safety, electricity supplies, provision of water, communications and transportation and has a negative impact on South Africa’s economy, society and infrastructure. Essential infrastructure-related offences are becoming increasingly more organised and are often committed by armed and dangerous criminal groups.