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Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act, 2002 (Act 70 of 2002)

Chapter 6 : Interception centres, office for interception centres and Internet service providers assistance fund

32. Establishment of interception centres


(1) The Minister, in consultation with the relevant Ministers and the Cabinet member responsible for national financial matters, must, at State expense—
(a) establish one or more centres, to be known as interception centres, for the interception of communications in terms of this Act;
(b) equip, operate and maintain such interception centres;
(c) acquire, install and maintain connections between telecommunication systems and interception centres; and
(d) administer the interception centres.


(2) The Minister must exercise final responsibility over the administration and functioning of interception centres.


(3) Notwithstanding the Electronic Communications Act, an interception centre will, for purposes of performing its functions in terms of this Act, be exempted from—
(a) obtaining any kind of licence required by that Act; and
(b) paying any fees payable in terms of that Act.


(4) The Minister must enter into service level agreements with the relevant Ministers in respect of the provision of services by the interception centres to the law enforcement agencies.


(5) The Executive Director may enter into agreements with the National Commissioner and National Director to make use of the services of interception centres, including the cost thereof.