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Cybercrimes Act 19 of 2020 (English / Afrikaans)

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The Cybercrimes Act 19 of 2020 intends:

  • to create offences which have a bearing on cybercrime;
  • to criminalise the disclosure of data messages which are harmful and to provide for interim protection orders;
  • to further regulate jurisdiction in respect of cybercrimes;
  • to further regulate the powers to investigate cybercrimes;
  • to further regulate aspects relating to mutual assistance in respect of the investigation of cybercrimes;
  • to provide for the establishment of a designated Point of Contact; to further provide for the proof of certain facts by affidavit;
  • to impose obligations to report cybercrimes;
  • to provide for capacity building;
  • to provide that the Executive may enter into agreements with foreign States to promote measures aimed at the detection, prevention, mitigation and investigation of cybercrimes;
  • to delete and amend provisions of certain laws; and
  • to provide for matters connected therewith.



To be proclaimed