ATC190313: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Police on the Motion of Desirability on the Regulation of Gatherings Amend-Ment Bill [B 47—2018], dated 13 March 2019
REPORT OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON POLICE ON THE MOTION OF DESIRABILITY ON THE REGULATION OF GATHERINGS AMEND-MENT BILL [B 47—2018], DATED 13 MARCH 2019
1. The Portfolio Committee on Police (“the Committee”), has considered the subject of the Regulation of Gatherings Amendment Bill [B 47—2018] (“the Bill”), referred to it and classified by the Joint Tagging Mechanism as a section 76 Bill. The Bill was tabled, introduced and referred to the Committee on 27 November 2018.
2. The Bill seeks to amend the Regulation of Gatherings Act, 1993 (Act No. 205 of 1993), to prohibit protests outside schools, outside places that provide an early childhood development programme and outside child and youth care centres, except for certain prescribed causes; to empower the Minister to make regulations in respect of those causes for which permission may be granted; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
3. The Committee met with the initiator of the Bill, Adv. Anton Alberts, MP on 19 February 2019, in order to receive a briefing on the Bill. In addition, the Committee sought the views and comments from the South African Police Service and the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service on the Bill
4. After due deliberations, a motion of desirability on the subject matter of the Bill was placed before the Committee as required by paragraph (i)(ii) of the Interim measures for the introduction and consideration of private members’ bills1 to vote on.
5. The Committee, having considered the desirability of the subject matter of the Bill in terms of the NA Rules, reports that the Bill is not desirable.
Votes in favour of the motion on the desirability of the Bill: ____3____
Votes rejecting the motion on desirability of the Bill: 4
Report to be considered
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