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Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act Amendment Act, 13 of 2021



The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters)Amendment Act Amendment Act, 13 of 2021was published in government gazette number 45823 on 28 January 2022.


The purpose of the Act according to the long title is to:

"To amend the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment

Act, 2007, so as to—

  • extend the ambit of the offence of incest;

  • introduce a new offence of sexual intimidation;

  • substitute the phrase ‘‘a person who is mentally disabled’’or ‘‘persons who are mentally disabled’’ wherever the phrase appears with the phrase ‘‘a person with a mental disability’’ or ‘‘persons with mental disabilities’’;

  • further regulate the inclusion of particulars of persons in the National

  • Register for Sex Offenders;

  • extend the list of persons who are to be protected in terms of Chapter 6 of the Act;

  • extend the list of persons who are entitled to submit applications to the Registrar of the National Register for Sex Offenders;

  • further regulate the removal of particlars of persons from the National Register for Sex Offenders; and

  • further regulate the reporting duty of persons who are aware that sexual offences have been committed against persons who are vulnerable, and to provide for matters connected therewith."

The Act will come into operation on proclamation.


GG 45823 28 Jan 2022
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Date posted: 12 February 2022

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