National Key Points Act

National Key Points Act cannot be replaced

Public hearings held at Parliament last week on legislation to replace the apartheid-era National Key Points Act of 1980 described the new proposed Bill as draconian, vague, far too broad and possibly unconstitutional.

Inputs from civil society and Committee members warned that the Bill in its present form faced being rejected for being in breach of the Constitution.

A total of 15 civil society organisations made inputs about the proposed new Bill at hearings organised by the Police Committee, which are expected to continue this week.

Public submissions warned that the proposal to replace the National Key Points Act with the proposed Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill would amount to “security creep” as any number of institutions, including banks or even the Gautrain, could be identified as critical infrastructure.

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