Despite warnings from civil society about harsh sentences National Assembly approves tough measures to combat cable theft and tampering with essential infrastructure TOUGH new measures along with harsh penalties to combat cable theft and tampering with essential infrastructure were approved by the National Assembly on Thursday.All parties, with the exception of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), supported the Criminal Matters Amendment Bill, which will see organised criminals convicted of stealing essential infrastructure facing of up to 30 years in prison or fines up to R100m.Despite warnings from civil society about the harsh sentences by the bill, all the main parties supported it. During public hearings in the justice committee, the bill received the enthusiastic endorsement of public enterprises such as Eskom and Transnet that lose billions each year as a result of theft of essential infrastructure.Introducing the bill to the House, Justice and Constitutional Development Mini...

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