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Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act Amendment Bill [B16 – 2020]

The purpose of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act Amendment B is to amend the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007, so as to—

  •  extend the ambit of the offence of incest;
  •  introduce a new offence of sexual intimidation;
  • further regulate the inclusion of particulars of persons in the National Register for Sex Offenders;
  • make provision for certain particulars of persons who have been convicted of sexual offences to be made publicly available;
  • extend the list of persons who are to be protected in terms of Chapter 6 of the Act;
  • further regulate the removal of particulars of persons from the National Register for Sex Offenders; and
  • further regulate the reporting duty of persons who are aware that sexual offences have been committed against children, and
  • to provide for matters connected therewith.

Domestic Violence Amendment Bill [B20 – 2020]

The purpose of the Domestic Violence Amendment Bill is to Amend the Domestic Violence Act, 1998, so as to—

  • amend and insert certain definitions;
  • further provide for the manner in which acts of domestic violence and matters
  • related thereto, must be dealt with by certain functionaries, persons and
  • Government departments;
  • further regulate obtaining of protection orders in response to acts of domestic violence;
  • delete and amend provisions of certain laws; and
  • provide for matters connected therewith.

Criminal and Related Matters Amendment Bill [B17 – 2020]

The purpose of the Criminal and Related Matters Amendment Bill is to amend:

  • the Magistrates’ Courts Act, 1944, so as to provide for the appointment of intermediaries and the giving of evidence through intermediaries in proceedings other than criminal proceedings; the oath and competency of intermediaries; and the giving of evidence through audio-visual link in proceedings other than criminal proceedings;
  • the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977, so as to further regulate the granting and cancellation of bail; the giving of evidence by means of closed circuit television or similar electronic media; the giving of evidence by a witness with physical, psychological or mental disability; the appointment, oath and competency of intermediaries; and the right of a complainant in a domestic related offence to participate in parole proceedings;
  • the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1997, so as to further regulate sentences in respect of offences that have been committed against vulnerable persons; and
  • the Superior Courts Act, 2013, so as to provide for the appointment of intermediaries and the giving of evidence through intermediaries in proceedings other than criminal proceedings; the oath and competency of intermediaries; and the giving of evidence through audio-visual link in proceedings other than criminal proceedings,
  • and to provide for matters connected therewith.