Comment Sought on Draft Protected Disclosures Regulations

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Draft regulations prescribing persons or bodies to whom protected disclosures may be made have been drawn up.

The justice and constitutional development department published the proposed regulations in Government Gazette 41581 for comment.

The Draft Regulations Relating to Protected Disclosures are designed to give effect to the amended section 8(1) of the Protected Disclosures Act.

The amendment to section 8 increased the list of entities to which a protected disclosure can be made.

Additional entities include the South African Human Rights Commission, the Commission for Gender Equality, the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities and the Public Service Commission.

The list of entities is contained in the draft regulations.

Comment is invited until 21 May 2018.

Meanwhile, in Notice 188, the department has called for comment on the Draft Recognition of Customary Marriages Amendment Bill.

The draft bill seeks to amend the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act so as further regulate the proprietary consequences of customary marriages entered into before the commencement of the principal Act; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

It flows from a Constitutional Court confirmation that a Limpopo High Court order declaring section 7(1) of the act to be constitutionally invalid was the correct decision.

The high court had ruled that section 7(1) discriminated against women in polygamous customary marriages entered into before the commencement of the act.

Comment is invited until 15 June 2018.

In Notice 435, the department has published the adjusted prescribed rate of interest.

It is prescribed in terms of the Prescribed Rate of Interest Act.

The rate is the maximum rate of interest that may be claimed by a creditor with regard to interest-bearing debts.

The rate is set at 10% per annum as from 1 May 2018.

In a separate matter, the Council for Debt Collectors has announced that the register of debt collectors is available for inspection during the week and electronically at www.cfdc.org.za.

Sabinet Cape Town Office