Jul 10

Concern as police granted right to listen to calls

Many South Africans are criticising Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola’s recently announcement that the police would henceforth have the right to intercept calls when crime was suspected. City Press quotes Ahmore Burger-Smidt of Werksmans law firm as saying that while “many unregistered SIM cards are used in practices such as drug and human trafficking and money laundering,” government’s decision to listen in on calls “must be questioned, because it means the government is getting insight into things that do not concern them”. “From a privacy breach perspective, this is hugely worrying,” she says.