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Progress is made with FF Plus’s private member’s bill to prohibit protest actions near schools and institutions where minors are present

The FF Plus's private member’s bill that seeks to prohibit protest actions near schools and institutions where minors are present was submitted for discussion to Parliament's Portfolio Committee for Police earlier today.

The Bill was published in the Government Gazette about six months ago and it afforded the public the chance to make submissions.

It was initiated in January this year after violent protest actions, in which the EFF played a prominent role, caused great disruption at Overvaal High School in Vereeniging. Thus, the objective of the bill is to prohibit any protests near schools and other places where minors are present.

The law that will have to be amended to achieve the aforementioned objective is the Regulation of Gatherings Act. It will apply to schools, from pre-primary to secondary level, as well as other institutions like orphanages.

As things stand at present, the rights of peace-loving citizens, and in particular learners, are being disregarded as their safety is jeopardised by the nature of such protest actions.

The FF Plus’s proposed private member’s bill is, therefore, of the utmost importance as it will serve to protect children against disruption, particularly in schools, and it will also add to their fundamental rights as enshrined in the Constitution.

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