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Key Points Act Under Review

May 31, 2013

Department of Police

The National Key Points Act is to be reviewed.

The police minister, Nathi Mthethwa, revealed this during his budget vote speech in parliament.

He added that the intention was to align the act with the constitution and other relevant pieces of legislation.

“In addition to this, in terms of Section 6 (1) of the National Key Points, I have appointed an Advisory Committee on National Key Points to assist me in evaluating, auditing and assessing the desirability of all National Key Points, to determine how these should be aligned to Constitutional prescripts”.

The committee is expected to complete the first part of its work by the end of July this year.

The plan is to table a bill in parliament before the end of the current financial year.

The minister also indicated that an audit of all South African Police Service (SAPS) members was close to completion.

An announcement on the findings of the audit will be made soon.

Addressing allegations of criminality within the SAPS formed part of the audit’s motivation.

A South African Police Service Amendment Bill will also be introduced during the year.

It will seek to “address changes in policing, align the existing SAPS Act with the Constitution and ensure adherence to the revised White Paper on Policing”.