Mthethwa: Key Points review under way

2013-11-08 14:39
Minister Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Beeld)

Minister Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Beeld)

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Cape Town - A policy document setting out proposed changes to the National Key Points Act will be ready by the end of the month, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Friday.

Speaking during a National Assembly debate on the relevance of the controversial act, Mthethwa said it would stay, but sections of it, enacted during the apartheid era, would be repealed.

In May, Mthethwa set up an advisory committee to draft the policy document.

"The committee has come back to say the work is [on]going. We are at the end of November coming up with a reviewed policy on this," he said.

Mthethwa criticised the Democratic Alliance, which initiated the debate. He referred to a private member's bill DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko had proposed to replace the National Key Points Act.

Mazibuko told the Assembly the DA's bill created an adequate balance between transparency and security.

"Over time this government has come to favour secrecy over transparency," she said.

"We in the DA are no longer willing to sit back while this law remains festering on our statute books."

Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota backed the DA's attempt to correct the apartheid-era law, citing abuse of the law in its current form.

"What we are now seeing is that legislation... is being used to advance corruption because now public funds are being taken and put in and give inheritance to those who have occupied office for a while," he said.
Read more on:    cope  |  da  |  nathi mthethwa  |  lindiwe mazibuko  |  mosiuoa lekota  |  legislation  |  parliament 2013

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