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Protection of Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorist and Related Activities Bill Heading for Parliament

July 6, 2022

Department of Police

The Draft Protection of Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorist and Related Activities Amendment Bill is heading for parliament.

The department of police published the draft bill’s explanatory summary in Government Gazette 46649.

The proposed legislation was published for comment in 2021.

The draft bill aims to update the Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorist and Related Activities Act in terms of developments in international law, to give effect to certain Constitutional Court judgments and to address challenges experienced with conducting investigations and prosecutions.

According to the department, particular provisions have been inserted to “cater for foreign terrorist fighters and to address the sentencing of the financing of terrorism”.

The draft bill also seeks to amend certain definitions in the principal act and insert new offences related to maritime and aviation security.

It also aims to repeal the “exclusion that an armed struggle for liberation shall not be considered to be a terrorist activity”.

The department plans to table the draft bill in parliament soon.