SA law governing surveillance falls short, argues amaBhungane

The legislation which governs surveillance in South Africa is inadequate, the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism has argued.

amaBhungane's Sam Sole has launched a constitutional challenge to the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information (Rica) Act.

How much control we have over our own lives and democracy is at stake.

Sam Sole, joint managing partner at amaBhungane

Read: Law allowing government to spy on citizens being challenged

Sole says the Rica Act is outdated and unconstitutional because a person whose communication is monitored is not told of the interception order.

We have to update the law in order to strengthen the protections against abuse of the tool.

Sam Sole, joint managing partner at amaBhungane

There are areas where it's weak and there are areas which are not covered at all by the existing law.

Sam Sole, joint managing partner at amaBhungane

Sole explains the various types of communication interception and unpacks the implicated flaws and violations against journalists.

Take a listen to him explain:


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