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South Africa: President assents to Cybercrimes Act

The Government Gazette for the Republic of South Africa released, on 1 June 2021, Government Notice No. 324, notifying that the President, Cyril Ramaphosa, had assented, on 26 May 2021, to the Cybercrimes Act, No. 19 of 2020, previously referred to as the Cybercrimes Bill.

Among other things, the Act criminalises the disclosure of data messages which are harmful, further regulates the powers to investigate cybercrimes and aspects relating to mutual assistance in respect of the investigation of cybercrimes, provides for the establishment of a designated Point of Contact, and imposes obligations to report cybercrimes.

A date for commencement of the Act is yet to be proclaimed. More specifically, Section 60 of the Act states that it comes into operation on a date fixed by the President by proclamation in the Government Gazette and that different dates may be fixed in respect of different provisions.

You can read the government notice here and information on commencement here