Rica helping jail criminals

2011-09-06 21:05

Cape Town - Rica legislation has proven useful in helping police secure convictions with intercepted cellphone evidence, Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel said on Tuesday.

"Increasingly law enforcement officials, both police and the prosecution are commenting on the favourable effects of Rica legislation in prosecuting crimes, and particularly serious crimes," Nel told a media briefing by the security cluster.

"In the past couple of weeks, convictions in a number of cases have turned exactly on cellphone evidence, either in terms of the communication between individuals involved in crime, or determining the location of individuals who were involved in crime.

"I think it vindicates the usefulness of this legislation."

The Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (Rica) became law in 2009.

The extended deadline for all cellphone users to register their SIM cards expired at the end of June this year.

  • John Galt - 2011-09-06 21:32

    So they are just using RICA for snooping.

  • Bill - 2011-09-06 21:43

    Name some of the cases in point...! Easy to make that statement, but prove it...!

      ray - 2011-09-07 08:55

      It is easy to get a pre-registered simcard for R20,so you know what the serious criminals will do.

  • Kobus - 2011-09-06 21:46

    Great stuff. I had first hand experience in recovering stolen goods including a vehicle with RICA.

      GypseyAnn - 2011-09-07 07:40

      Good to hear!

  • dave_23 - 2011-09-07 00:38

    Oh please. RICA has cost this country billions, and the best they can do to justify it, is a few cagey and extremely vague comments suggesting that evidence 'relating to cellphones' may have helped catch 'a few criminals'.

      Linus - 2011-09-07 09:44

      It cost the cellphone companies billions - just shows how much they rip us off...

  • B - 2011-09-07 01:51

    Yeah Right.. Name the cases where RICA has been instrumental in getting a clear cut conviction......or are you just punting it to get more registered. Like HELL will I..It is my privacy and MY right.. SOD Off!!!

  • Hennie - 2011-09-07 07:33

    Must be the dumbest of the dumbest criminals.

      Kgwadi - 2011-09-07 08:11

      The smart one is coming for you and go away with crime.Is that fine with you?

      Hennie - 2011-09-07 09:35

      Kgwadi , Quite frankly I’m more worried about the dumbest of the dumbest public believing RICA is for catching criminals and not a spying tool for a paranoid government than a smart criminal.

  • daaivark - 2011-09-07 08:29

    Although this may be the case, I was struck by the way the speaker on the news last night presented his conclusions after analysing the clearly flawed report. The kind of weird logic applied was almost comical but well worded so as to paint a very cunning veneer of plausibility. The syntax appeared logical, but the conclusions he posed did NOT logically follow the propositions presented. A + B did not logically lead to C, but the statement was presented in such a manner that it appeared to be so. A very cunning piece of wool-spinning indeed. So although to me there is littloe doubt that cellphones did contribute to the solving of some crimes, this did not logically justify suggesting spying on cellphone users. To say that analysing cellphone data would only occur after the fact of a crime is simply disingenuous and shouldn't fool anyone.

      dewald - 2011-09-07 09:13

      Indeed so. Now there is a groupof people that have specific detail into your financials, your firearms and their locations, and now your location, daily movements and correspondence. Scary isn't it?

  • Tiny - 2011-09-07 09:33

    If Rica is so good why did they not find our phones that were stolen. The only thing we got was a lot of stories, it's almost a year since they broke in by as and up to date we only saw the Inspector once. so I don't trust the Police at al'

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