Crime Act criticised

The Law Review Project yesterday expressed concern about the constitutionality of core aspects of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act and the actions of the Asset Forfeiture Unit.

The Law Review Project yesterday expressed concern about the constitutionality of core aspects of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act and the actions of the Asset Forfeiture Unit.

"The act and its implementation subject innocent South Africans, people presumed in terms of our constitution to be innocent until proven guilty, to arbitrary penalties. [These are] far in excess of anything considered fair and reasonable in our criminal justice system," the law body said.

"The law and its interpretation have the effect that suspects can be subjected to double jeopardy in that civil and criminal proceedings can be instituted against them for an alleged single offence." - Sapa

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