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Civilian Secretariat for Police Drawing up Key Legislation

July 30, 2020

Civilian Secretariat for Police

The Civilian Secretariat for Police (CSPS) is currently finalizing key legislation and regulations that will assist in facilitating a conducive environment for national stability and economic recovery.

The minister of police, Bheki Cele, announced this during the Police, IPID and Civilian Secretariat for Police Service Department Budget Vote 2020/21 in parliament.

This includes the finalisation of the SAPS Act Amendment Bill; Firearms Control Amendment Bill; Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorist and Related Activities Bill and Regulations for the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act.

The minister also pointed out that the Private Security Industry Regulating Authority (PSIRA) is busy strengthening legislation aimed at regulating the security industry.

Reference was made to the recently published draft regulations on firearms in the private security industry for comments.

PSIRA also intends to publish regulations on the use of security equipment to control the abuse of certain military-related equipment in civilian spaces.

The minister also announced that the appointment process for PSIRA councillors (board members) has been submitted to cabinet for consideration.

In terms of gender-based violence (GBV), the CSPS regularly monitors and evaluates SAPS implementation of GBV related policies and legislation and is currently monitoring implementation of the Domestic Violence Act and the Sexual Offences Act by the police in order to assist the SAPS to improve its response mechanisms to reported incidents of GBV.