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Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma referred the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment (Fica) Bill back to the National Assembly for reconsideration on Tuesday, his office announced.

“I have given consideration to the Bill in its entirety and certain submissions regarding the constitutionality of the Bill. After consideration of the Bill and having applied my mind to it, I am of the view that certain provisions of the Bill do not pass constitutional muster.

"In terms of section 79 (1) of the Constitution I have therefore referred the Bill to the National Assembly for reconsideration for the reasons set out to the Speaker of the National Assembly,” Zuma said.

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