The deadline to change the Cybercrimes Bill is 28 July 2017

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The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services has called for comments and public participation on the latest version of the Cybercrimes Bill. Your participation and comment are vitally important to the process to ensure we end up with a good law that is not open to abuse. It is essential that the public (including you) voice your opinion on this latest version. Have your say on a law that:

  • could be used by the NPA to prosecute you (or your CEO) for committing a crime,
  • will create significant compliance obligations for ECSPs, financial institutions and anyone who has critical information infrastructure,
  • will have a significant impact on you and your organisation,
  • will affect all of us in our personal capacities, and
  • will determine how South Africa deals with cybercrime.

Make a written submission to Parliament

You can make a written submission to Parliament by emailing Mr V Ramaano by Friday28 July 2017. Drafting written submissions to Parliament can be daunting and there are strict guidelines that are set by Parliament. There are also other guidelines in the form of an Infographic.

We can help you to formulate your thoughts (by attending a webinar or having us facilitate a private workshop) and comments on the Cybercrimes Bill and then draft the written submission for you. We are experts in drafting legal documents in plain language and are persuasive. We pride ourselves on drafting beautiful legal documents following Parliamentary guidelines. We have been one of the parties working on this new version so we really know it well. We have participated in many parliamentary legislative processes.

Make a verbal presentation at the public hearings

There are going to be public hearings at which you can make a verbal presentation. The date is yet to be set. In order to be able to present, you usually have to have made a written submission. Presenting in Parliament can be daunting and there are strict guidelines that are set by Parliament. There are also other guidelines in the form of an Infographic. If the Cybercrimes Bill has a significant practical impact on you, you want to make sure you get your point across and that Parliament amends the Cybercrimes Bill as a result of your presentation.

Make your voice heard

We can present at the public hearings on your behalf. We’re professional speakers and debaters on the law, and we’ve been presenting on the Cybercrimes Bill for a few years now.

What other actions can you possibly take?