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Sexual Offences and Related Matters Act amended

On 26 June 2012 the Presidency assented into law, the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act Amendment Act, 2012 (Government Gazette No. 35473). The amendment amends the Criminal Law Amendment Act to expressly provide for the discretionary imposition of penalties by the judiciary in respect of certain offences set out in the Act. ...

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Home Affairs publishes amended draft regulations on birth registration act

The Department of Home Affairs has published proposed draft regulations to the Registration of Births and Deaths Act. They provide for the registration of births by the parents, or if they are deceased, a legal guardian or next of kin within 30 days of birth. It further regulates late registrations of births and provides details of the documents required and the process that must be followed. ...

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DOJ publishes Prevention and Combating of Torture Bill

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has published an explanatory summary of the Prevention and Combating of Torture Bill, 2012 in Government Gazette Number 35412 (1 June, 2012), which will be introduced in the National Assembly shortly.The Bill aims to realise the State’s obligations in terms of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment of Punishment. ...

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Home Affairs plans to address asylum application backlogs

The Department of Home Affairs has published a statement recognising its international and moral obligations to asylum seekers. It has recognised that there are currently 87,602 backlogged “unfounded” and 68,740 “manifestly unfounded” asylum review applications in various centres including Durban, Cape Town, Marabastad, Pretoria, Showgrounds and Musina. ...

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