These groups are especially against the provisions that an arrest of suspects can be carried out by the police, the armed services or the coast guard, and that a DIG will be empowered to order the detention of a suspect for a two week period.
The counter-terrorism draft bill was gazetted on 14 September 2018 in place of the prevention of terrorism act no. 48 of 1979.
According to HR groups, a basic error in the draft bill is that it gives a broad definition of the terrorism offence.
The LLRC report has recommended amendments to the 1979 act.
On the other hand, the draft bill provides for a high level of human rights entitlements to arrested suspects, legal protection for the investigating officers, establishment of a special anti-terrorism agency in the police, a review board to provide administrative assistance for detention orders, expert assistance and modern technology for crime investigation and organize the state and private sectors’ obligation to assist in terrorism investigation.