Mthethwa: Key points act to be reviewed

2013-05-30 19:07
Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Beeld)

Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Beeld)

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Cape Town - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced on Thursday that the National Key Points Act will be reviewed fairly speedily, to bring it in line with the Constitution.

"Earlier this year, I requested my legal team to relook at this bill, to begin the process of refining it and introducing it in Parliament," Mthethwa said in his budget vote speech in the National Assembly.

"We are now re-aligning the National Key Points Act with the Constitution and other pieces of legislation."

He was referring to a bill that was drafted in 2007, but did not make it to Parliament, faltering at the National Economic Development and Labour Council.

Mthethwa said he had appointed an advisory committee to audit and evaluate "the desirability of all national key points".

The committee would include outside legal counsel, advocate Hamilton Maenetje, and representatives of the justice department and the civilian secretariat of police.

He said it should complete the first part of its work within a month, and that the bill would be introduced to Parliament by the end of the financial year.

The National Key Points Act was passed in 1980, while PW Botha was prime minister, and criminalises the release of security information relating to key points.

The list of key points itself is secret, and the continued application of the law has become increasingly controversial, in particular after it was invoked to refuse the release of information relating to security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's residence at Nkandla, in KwaZulu-Natal.

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