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2006 Prohibition of Mercenary Activities Act not yet in operation - Jeff Radebe

Minister says 1998 law still applies as the necessary regulations have not yet been gazetted

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION 2059

Mr A Watson (DA) to ask the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development: In accordance with the Prohibition of Mercenary Activities and Regulation of Certain Activities in Country of Armed Conflict Act, Act 27 of 2006, currently, in which foreign militaries are South Africans with authorization under section 7 of the specified Act members of foreign armed forces and how many of these South Africans in each foreign military are members of foreign armed forces?      

NW248IE

RESPONSE

The Prohibition of Mercenary Activities and Regulation of Certain Activities in Country of Armed Conflict Act (Act 27 of 2006) is not yet in operation pending the finalization of Regulations to this Act. As a consequence of this, all the provisions of the Act including Section 7 are not yet operational. To that end, there is not yet in force a legal obligation for South African persons to be authorized before enlistment with foreign armed forces.

The Act that is still operational is the Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act (Act 15 of 1998) which regulates the South African persons' provision of military related goods or rendering of military related services to a foreign country.

Issued by Parliament, September 3 2013

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