RICA infringes on children’s rights, says MMA in ConCourt challenge

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23 FEBRUARY 2020, Loyiso Sidimba, IOL 

This is according to Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) in its submissions to the Constitutional Court in an application by AmaBhungane to confirm the North Gauteng High Court order declaring parts of RICA inconsistent with the Constitution and invalid as they do not make provision for the notification of the subjects of surveillance.

In the court papers, MMA director William Bird said the exercise of bulk surveillance has a harmful impact on the rights of children and NGOs’ abilities to act in the public interest, perform their monitoring and oversight functions as well as act as watchdogs.

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