Zuma passes 'spy bill'

2013-07-25 18:14

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma has signed five bills into law, his office said on Thursday.

These include the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Act, also referred to as the "spy bill".

"The main purpose of the bill is to amend three acts of Parliament, which relate to security services and to repeal an act which had become obsolete due to the consolidation of the intelligence structures," it said in a statement.

"The three acts being amended are the National Strategic Intelligence Act, 1994, the Intelligence Services Oversight Act, 1994, and the Intelligence Services Act, 2002."

The bill was not without controversy, with the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) opposing it.

"While we welcome some of the amendments proposed by the [parliamentary] committee which, for instance, make it more difficult for securocrats to monitor lawful political activity, we remain concerned about the unregulated interception of foreign signals," R2K said in a statement after the National Assembly passed the bill in April this year.

The dangerous weapons bill was also enacted. It empowers police to arrest people carrying dangerous weapons in public, including during protests.

Police officers will be given the discretion to decide whether there is a reasonable suspicion that a weapon could be used for unlawful purposes.

They will be able to crack down on protesters brandishing firearms, bricks, glass bottles, spears, or any object, which could be used to harm someone or damage property. The use of toy guns to commit a crime is also covered under the proposed law.

Other bills signed into law are the National Health Amendment Act, the Prevention and Combating of Torture of Persons Act, and the National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Act.

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2013-07-25 17:30

    We want to know about about nkandla about nkandla corruption scandal, spare us the rest.

      Anneline Etienne Gouws - 2013-07-25 18:24

      Now we will never know!

      Fani Nkosi - 2013-08-14 00:12

      what i you go to do after you know . do'nt' stress you self . let it go

  • Mnr Willemse - 2013-07-25 17:34

    "They will be able to crack down on protesters brandishing firearms, bricks, glass bottles, spears, or any object, which could be used to harm someone or damage property" Cant Zuma's penis also classified as being dangerous since he has so many wives and admitted to having unprotected sex with someone that has AIDS?

      Anti-PC - 2013-07-25 21:44

      You ARE funny - let us laugh a bit amidst all the chaos:-)

  • Brendon Alberts - 2013-07-25 17:37

    Gestapo showerhead. What u caovering we all know !!!! African spring ?

  • Andrea Thompson - 2013-07-25 17:46

    I think one of the last things that should be allowed is for the police to have any sort of room to justify potentially unlawful acts.

  • Vasco Vigis - 2013-07-25 17:48

    There is only a hopeless hope now. I can see his sinister smile

  • Robert Diering - 2013-07-25 17:48

    SA has just become like the old Sasol ad... "Glug glug glug"

      Anneline Etienne Gouws - 2013-07-25 18:25

      Sinking faster and faster!! Hope everyone can swim!!

  • Jacques Shreky Stander - 2013-07-25 18:04

    You mean he made a cross....... ??

      Jurie Nel - 2013-07-25 20:28

      Yes. Witnessed by two literates who saw him do it.

  • Richard Greeff - 2013-07-25 18:30

    How many xxx did he make.

  • Dean Malle-chi Booysen - 2013-07-25 18:36

    instead of dealing with mass protest issue he is putting laws in place to lawfully arrest and charge a protester using traditional arms or throwing bottles. Eish the spearhead of the nation

  • Leon Pieterse - 2013-07-25 18:37

    He signed it? Made an X I guess

  • Derek Bredenkamp - 2013-07-25 18:49

    Here comes the police state. It''s not why are they rioting with dangerous weapons, it's why are they rioting! This law will just fan the flames.

      Simphiwe Charlie - 2013-07-26 06:46

      Ha ha, Ernest thinks people in SA riot because we give them too much free stuff! I wonder what his IQ is??

  • Johan Diedericks - 2013-07-25 19:07

    Just to save his own skin

  • Kabelo F Ntshudisane - 2013-07-25 19:35


  • Luck Ramontseng - 2013-07-25 19:43

    If u a honest,truthfull and transparent,ppl trst u,if ppl trst u,u hv no grounds 4 fear,suspicion or jealousy.

  • Luck Ramontseng - 2013-07-25 19:46

    If evrybody followed the rules,nothing would eva change,without change the would be no progress

  • Truth.speak - 2013-07-25 19:50

    Has anyone noticed JZ getting a bit thinner. Maybe his Nkandla conscience is getting to him, battling a bit to sleep at night. The wheel always turns.

      Gerhardus Windpomp - 2013-07-25 20:15

      It's called AIDS

      Truth.speak - 2013-07-25 21:47

      One can always dream .....

      Gerhardus Windpomp - 2013-08-13 20:23

      It's called AIDS

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