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Mthethwa: Key points act to be reviewed

2013-05-30 19:07

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.

Comments
  • Herbert Smith - 2013-05-30 19:21

    Thank you, at last we are looking forward to the fact that the Polokwane City Library will soon be proclaimed a Key Point then. We need something like this in Limpopo !!!!!

      Barnie Huysamer - 2013-05-31 09:37

      ROFL. Pik Botha must have missed that one in 1980

  • SharonE - 2013-05-30 19:33

    Can they blame us for being suspicious of their motives? It seems everything they do or propose to do is intended to take us further from the truth and before we know it everything they do will be shrouded in secrecy. Then their transformation into a dictatorship will be complete.

  • Truth.speak - 2013-05-30 19:34

    Hallelujah

  • Frederick Cunliffe - 2013-05-30 19:37

    They failed us!

  • Vincent Malete - 2013-05-30 19:42

    Which National keypoint? Nathi Mthethwa's security wall, Nkandla, NUM offices in Lonmin and Saxonwold's Gupta house? We were not born yesterday and shall make sure we vote ANC out. Good luck you counter-revolutionalists

  • Charl Roux - 2013-05-30 19:44

    Will the list be made shorter so the Guptas can land anywhere they wish? Or will the new list be longer so there is more freedom to connive behind a legal veil of secrecy.

  • Ebony Love - 2013-05-30 19:58

    LOL, will it include the shower

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2013-05-30 20:01

    ...add all the anc top leaders' houses and interests key points...?

  • CommonSense - 2013-05-30 20:03

    Those shades look so cool in the office, and you appear to wear them ALL the time...do you also wear them when you eat at the trough? oink oink.

  • Likeitis Insa - 2013-05-30 20:11

    C-max should be a national key point. With a long runway

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-05-30 20:42

    Wonder how much 'earlier in the year' he instructed a team? Maybe as little as three weeks ago?

  • Andrew Koloane - 2013-05-30 20:48

    All that our Ministers do is to draft policies that protect the President. The country is under siege and standing still and this will be so far another 5 years.

  • Samuel Khazamula Bila - 2013-05-30 20:53

    Just Guptarise it and Zumarise,Nkandlalise it so tht it benefits ur corrupt tendecy

  • Payricia Bull - 2013-05-30 21:03

    How can anyone take this spectacle model seriously ?

  • Payricia Bull - 2013-05-30 21:28

    Imagine what the ANC could achieve if they redirected the energy being squandered on probes, reviews, investigations, electioneering and propaganda instead to service delivery ?

  • Leon Toerien - 2013-05-31 04:54

    Reviewed to include the Gupta compound?

  • John Smith - 2013-05-31 19:14

    How can one compromise the security of a KEY POINT if these are secret? Nuts!

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