Regulation of Gatherings Bill in the Pipeline

Parliament

A draft bill designed to amend the Regulation of Gatherings Act has been drawn up.

The private member’s bill was drafted by Anton Alberts, a Freedom Front Plus member of parliament.

The plan is to table the Draft Regulation of Gatherings Amendment Bill in parliament during the second quarter of 2018/19.

The draft bill seeks to amend the act in order to prohibit protests outside schools as well as other institutions of learning and care in order to give effect to the rights enshrined in section 28(2) of the constitution.

The draft bill will provide for the following:

•    all demonstrations or gatherings in the vicinity of a building in which a school or institution of learning and care is situated, on every week day (Saturdays, Sunday and public holidays are included in the prohibition) are prohibited except for certain people and certain causes which will be prescribed in regulations;
•    the responsible officer appointed in terms of the Act may not grant permission to hold a gathering or demonstration outside the above-mentioned places, except to prescribed applicants for a prescribed cause; and
•    the Minister of Safety and Security may, after consultation with the Minister of Education and approval by Parliament, make regulations in regard to the causes and applicants that may be given permission, and in regard to the procedure to be followed when requesting permission to hold a gathering or demonstration outside the above-mentioned places.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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