Emergency regulations are being drafted for the first time since the advent of democracy. This is according to the Rapport newspaper who claims to have seen the draft regulations, emanating from the Presidency, in terms of the State of Emergency Act of 1997. The presidency has denied knowing about this report.
The draft, accompanied by an explanatory memorandum stating the process was started last year, was recently sent to the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) for its urgent input. The SANDF reportedly endorsed the draft.
The senior reporter at Rapport who wrote the article is Erica Gibson. She says she was curious as to why the draft emerged now.
One don't always think about the State of Emergency anymore to quite an extent, and I was curious as why now. Why would it be necessary to actually look at the regulations right now.— Erica Gibson, Senior Reporter at Rapport
What Gibson found out is that the department of defence confirmed that this emergency regulations draft are part of an interdepartmental task team that was convened. They also confirmed the SANDF was a one part player in it.
Presidency spokesperson Dr Bongani Ngqulunga says that the presidency is completely unaware of the process, and thus the draft does not emanate from them.
We heard about this for the first time today. We have not seen the report of the review of regulations. The presidency is completely unaware of the process, so this definitely does not come from the presidency.— Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, Presidency spokesperson
Ngqulunga says that the presidency is unsure of where the draft comes from.
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