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Ramaphosa ‘just a signature away’ from enforcing two NEW LAWS in SA

Amid the technical jargon, two significant changes are coming to the laws of South Africa – once Cyril Ramaphosa can find a pen…

Ramaphosa new laws

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The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) officially passed the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Act Amendment Bill and the Correctional Services Amendment Bill, during its virtual plenary on Thursday. That means that two long-standing laws in South Africa will change immediately – as soon as Cyril Ramaphosa adds his signature to them.

Two new laws set for introduction in South Africa:

Land Tenure Rights Act Amendment Bill

In all honesty, it’s a little embarrassing it’s taken this long to reach the president’s desk. Section 25 of the Constitution compels Parliament to pass legislation that ensures a person or community – whose tenure is legally insecure as a result of past, racially discriminatory laws – is entitled to either tenure that is legally secure or comparable redress.

This particular gap in the law was holding some female citizens back from their rights to own property independently. The sooner Cyril Ramaphosa can get pen to paper on this amendment, the better.

“On the first finding, the Constitutional Court found that the ULTRA, 1991 (Act No. 112 of 1991 as amended) was unconstitutional as it discriminated against the rights of women to independently own property. Upon Presidential approval, these oppressive caveats will be removed from the Act.”

“On the second finding, the court found and ordered that ULTRA’s Section 3 was inapplicable in the former apartheid homelands of Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda and Ciskei (formerly known as the TBVC states).”

Correctional Services Amendment Bill

As well as aligning the definition of a ‘Minister’ with the amended portfolios as assigned by the President, this law also provides for the minimum periods to be served before a sentenced offender can become eligible for consideration of such release and placement. Parole and correctional supervision terms are also subject to these conditions.