Cybercrimes Act of 2020

The Cybercrimes Act: Eyes And Ears Are Everywhere

With the Cybercrimes Act of 2020 (the “Act”) recently being signed into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa now stands on par with similar global legislation dealing with cyber and electronic communications offences.

The purpose of this Act is, among other things, “to create offences which have a bearing on cybercrime; to criminalise the disclosure of data messages which are harmful …” and creates mechanisms and procedures for determining and prosecuting the criminalised activities enumerated therein.