State Liability Act Under Review

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The State Liability Act is to be reviewed.

The justice and correctional services minister, Michael Masutha, announced this during his department’s budget vote speech in parliament.

The minister added that the review sought to provide for periodic payments to claimants for future medical expenses.

Government has been facing increasing litigation involving medico-legal claims.

The proposed amendments will also seek to address widespread abuse and corruption within the medico-legal claims arena.

The minister also highlighted the need to review the Criminal Procedure Act in order to abolish the prescribed period of 20 years for sexual offences, femicide and all forms of gender-based violence.

Harsher sentences for these offences will be introduced.

Meanwhile, during his budget vote speech, the deputy minister of justice and constitutional development, John Jeffery, announced that the Law Reform Commission is busy reviewing the Maintenance Act in order to overhaul the entire maintenance process.

The deputy minister also declared that the National Action Plan to Combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance will be submitted to cabinet for approval before the end of 2018.

Sabinet Cape Town Office