7 November 2012

South Africa: Police Committee Sets Record Straight On Bill

press release

The Portfolio Committee on Police is deeply disappointed with one of its members who deliberately gave out false information to the media after the Committee's closed meeting today.

The member in question alleged in a media statement that the Committee had decided to withdraw the Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill (which is currently under consideration) and had it sent back for redrafting.

But Ms Annelize van Wyk, Acting Chairperson of the Committee, said this was untrue, adding that the Committee had in no way decided to withdraw the Bill. According to Ms Van Wyk, she will meet with the Minister of Police to request that the current legal team, looking at the Bill, be strengthened as certain clauses in the Bill needed to be amended. In the meanwhile, the Committee will continue with the normal procedures of processing the Bill, and will consider concerns that were raised by different stakeholders during public hearings on the Bill.

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