A private member’s bill designed to protect critical infrastructure in South Africa has been tabled in parliament.
Drawn up by the Democratic Alliance’s Zakhele Njabulo Mbhele, the Protection of Critical Infrastructure Bill calls for a repeal of the National Key Points Act of 1980.
According to the bill’s memorandum, the act was drafted in 1980 by the apartheid government in response to sabotage and was no longer appropriate for a democratic South Africa.
The bill also seeks to:
• Set up the Critical Infrastructure Board;
• Provide for the suspension and removal of members of the board;
• Provide for the determination and declaration of critical infrastructure;
• Ensure that security arrangements are in place at critical infrastructure;
• Provide for a register containing critical infrastructure areas;
• Set out the rights and duties of owners of critical infrastructure;
• provide for the limitation of the liability of the State;
• provide for parliamentary oversight over the board; and
• create offences and penalties.
The bill will now be processed by the national assembly’s police committee.