Increased focus is vital after splitting of cybercrimes bill
Disregard for civil liberties characterised certain cybersecurity provisions before the amendment
A revised version of the Cybercrimes Bill was tabled before parliament in October. The most obvious change is that the cybersecurity section of what was previously the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill has been split from the provisions addressing cybercrime. As legislation addressing the scourge of cybercrime is long overdue this development is to be welcomed. Hopefully the splitting of the bill will allow for greater focus to be placed on cybercrime without having to deal with the disregard for civil liberties that was a feature of certain of the cybersecurity provisions in the bill before its amendment. As long ago as February 2015 the drafters and deputy justice and constitutional development minister were strongly urged to separate cybercrimes and cybersecurity. Even at that time, apparently, the zenith of state capture and plunder of SA’s resources by members of the Gupta-Zuma cabal, it was clear that the same granting of unfettered powers to national security and law enforce...