'Softer' spy bill due for tabling

President Mokgweetsi Masisi
President Mokgweetsi Masisi

The Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security will soon reintroduce in Parliament a watered-down version of the controversial Criminal Procedure and Evidence Bill.

New clauses to the Bill establish an oversight committee and prohibit undercover operations or communications interception without a warrant from a court.

The removal of some sections of the Bill comes after a firestorm of outrage from local legal experts, media and political parties as well as pressure from across Africa and the world against the government’s initial plans.

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Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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