CASAC launches legal proceedings on FICA Bill



CASAC has instituted proceedings in the Constitutional Court to secure the President’s compliance with his constitutional obligations in respect of the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Bill (FICA Bill).

In a statement released today, CASAC said the FICA Bill was passed by Parliament on May 2016 and submitted to the President on 13 June. To date, however, he had neither assented to or signed the Bill, nor referred it back to the National Assembly.

In a letter dated 19 September 2016, CASAC urged the president to comply with his constitutional obligations within 30 days, failing which it would ask the courts to intervene. The 30-day period expired on Monday 31 October 2016.

‘CASAC has now approached the Constitutional Court for an order declaring that the President has failed to perform his constitutional obligations, and order him to either assent to and sign the FICA Bill, or refer it back to the National Assembly,’ the statement said.

For the full media statement, click here.

For the Notice of Motion and Founding Affidavit, click here.