Zuma could be taken to court over Fica bill

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) says it is prepared to go to court to force President Jacob Zuma to sign the Financial Intelligence Centre Act into law, after the National Assembly voted unanimously for a second time to implement the bill.

It had previously been opposed by the Progressive Professionals Forum head Mzwanele Manyi.

READ: Fica bill's warrantless searches constitutional, argues Casac

Opposition parties have themselves warned Zuma not to further delay the signing, saying it has caused uncertainty.

Business Day reported that Corruption Watch has also threatened legal action against the President.

Lawson Naidoo, Executive Director of Casac spoke to Stephen Grootes.

It was reconsidered by the standing committee of finance in relation to the President’s specific concerns. Those concerns were addressed, a slightly amended version of the bill was ultimately passed again by the national assembly on the 28th of February this year.

Lawson Naidoo, Executive Director of CASAC

He therefore had six weeks since then to apply his mind to the legislation.

Lawson Naidoo, Executive Director of CASAC

We feel that the bill needs to be passed speedily so that at it’s next meeting FATF (Financial Action Task Force) will indeed give us a clean bill and we will have the requisite legislative framework to fight corruption in South Africa.

Lawson Naidoo, Executive Director of CASAC

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