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Repeal of the Transkeian Penal Code Bill 34 of 2022

The Repeal of the Transkeian Penal Code Bill 34 of 2022 was tabled in Parliament on 15 December 2022.


The long title describes the purpose of the Bill as follows: “to repeal the Transkeian Penal Code, 1983; to extend the application of certain laws to the area formerly known as the Republic of Transkei; to provide for transitional arrangements; and to provide for matters connected therewith.”


Prior to the introduction the explanatory summary and notice of intention to introduce were published under general notice 1482 in gazette number 47637 dated 2 December 2022.


The Statement on the Cabinet Meeting released on 30 November 2022 provides the following information: The proposed Bill extends the current application of common laws to the former Republic of Transkei in line with our unitary system of the country’s judicial system. The Transkeian Penal Code is in conflict with the current common criminal law that regulates the same subject matter in different parts of the country. This repeal will remove the continued existence of apartheid-era legislation in the areas that were formerly known as the Republic of Transkei and provide the transitional arrangements on matters dealt with by this code.”


See also:

Report of the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services on the Repeal of Transkeian Penal Code Bill [B 34 - 2022] (National Assembly – section 75), dated 17 February 2023.

2023 Feb 17 Parliament of South Africa. Announcements, Tablings and Committee Reports p2

“Reports the Bill without amendments. – Report for consideration.


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Date posted: 19 December 2022; updated 21 February 2023

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