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Special Investigating Units And Special Tribunals Act, 1996

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To provide for the establishment of Special Investigating Units for the purpose of investigating serious malpractices or maladministration in connection with the administration of State institutions, State assets and public money as well as any conduct which may seriously harm the interests of the public, and for the establishment of Special Tribunals so as to adjudicate upon civil matters emanating from investigations by Special Investigating Units; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

 

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Latest Developments:

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act, 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996), has been updated with Referral of Matters: Department of Home Affairs, as per Proclamation No. 154 of GG50129 dated 16 February 2024.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act, 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996), has been updated with Referral of Matters: Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (SOC) Limited, as per Proclamation No. 153 of GG50129 dated 16 February 2024.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act, 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996), has been updated with Referral of Matters: Northern Cape Economic Development, Trade, and Investment Promotion Agency, as per Proclamation No. 151 of GG50106 dated 9 February 2024.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act, 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996), has been updated with Referral of Matters: Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency, as per Proclamation No. 147 of GG50045 dated 26 January 2024.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act, 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996), has been updated with Referral of Matters: Gert Sibande Technical and Vocational Education and Training College, as per Proclamation No. 144 of GG49792 dated 1 December 2023.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act, 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996), has been updated with Referral of Matters: Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, as per Proclamation No. 138 of GG49328 dated 27 September 2023.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act, 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996), has been updated with Referral of Matters: Amajuba District Municipality, as per Proclamation 137 of GG49296 dated 11 September 2023.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act, 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996), has been updated with Referral of Matters: Gauteng Department of Health and its Provincial Hospital in Tembisa, as per Proclamation 136 of GG49217 dated 1 September 2023.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act, 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996), has been updated with Referral of Matters: Office of the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, as per Proclamation No. 130 of GG49029 dated 28 July 2023.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996), has been updated with Referral of Matters: Revised Application Chris Hani District Municipality, as per Notice No. R.3618 of GG48862 dated 30 June 2023.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996), has been updated with Referral of Matters: Office of the Premier of the Free State Province, as per Proclamation No. 123 of GG48754 dated 9 June 2023.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996), has been updated with Referral of Matters: Umgeni Water Board, as per Proclamation No. 122 of GG48693 dated 2 June 2023.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996), has been updated with Referral of Matters: Department of Water and Sanitation, as per Proclamation No. R.96 of GG47634 dated 2 December 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996), has been updated with Amendments to Proclamation R.39 of 2020: Saldanha Bay Local Municipality, as per Proclamation No. R.95 of GG47634 dated 2 December 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Units: National Student Financial Aid Scheme (“the NSAFAS”), as per Proclamation No. R.88 of GG46789 dated 26 August 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Units: Mogale City Local Municipality, as per Proclamation No. R.85 of GG46700 dated 12 August 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Units: University of Fort Hare, as per Proclamation No. R.84 of GG47199 dated 5 August 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Units: Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, as per Proclamation No. R.83 of GG47199 dated 5 August 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Units: Lepelle Northern Water Board and Amatola Water Board, as per Proclamation No. R.82 of GG47197 dated 5 August 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Units: O R Tambo District Municipality, as per Proclamation No. R.80 of GG47107 dated 29 July 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated with Amendments to Proclamation No. R. 37 of 2019: South African Social Security Agency SASSA, as per Proclamation No. R.78 of GG47055 dated 22 July 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Units: South African Council for Educators, as per Proclamation No. R.77 of GG47055 dated 22 July 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Units: KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport, as per Proclamation No. R.76 of GG47055 dated 22 July 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Units: Newcastle Municipality, as per Proclamation No. R.75 of GG47055 dated 22 July 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Units: National Department of Health & Provincial Departments of Health, as per Proclamation No. R.74 of GG47055 dated 22 July 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Units: Midvaal Local Municipality, as per Proclamation No. 72 of GG46681 dated 8 July 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Units: Eastern Cape Department of Health, as per Proclamation No. 71 of GG46681 dated 8 July 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of matters to existing special investigating units: Limpopo Department of Health, as per Proclamation No. 55 of GG46055 dated 17 March 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of matters to existing special investigating units: Mpumalanga Provincial Department of Health, as per Proclamation No. 50 of GG45818 dated 25 January 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of matters to existing special investigating units: Telkom South Africa SOC, as per Proclamation No. 47 of GG45809 dated 25 January 2022.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of matters to existing special investigating units: Alexkor SOC Limited, as per Proclamation No. R.45 of GG45617 dated 10 December 2021.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of matters to existing special investigating units: Road Accident Fund (the “RAF”), as per Proclamation No. R.44 of GG45617 dated 10 December 2021.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of matters to existing special investigating units: Overstrand Local Municipality, as per Proclamation No. R.43 of GG45617 dated 10 December 2021.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of matters to existing special investigating unit: Department of Water and Sanitation, as per Notice No.R.33 of GG 44899 dated 30 July 2021.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Proclamation No.16 (7May 2021), as per Notice No.R.500 of GG 44700 dated 11 June 2021.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Unit : East London Industrial Development Zone, as per Proclamation No.R.20 of GG 44572 dated 14 May 2021.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Unit – KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport, as per Proclamation No. R.16 of GG 44546 dated 7 May 2021.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of Matters – Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, as per Proclamation No.R.15 of GG 44473 dated 23 April 2021.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Unit – Central Johannesburg Technical and Vocational Education and Training College, as per Proclamation No. 13 of GG 44454 dated 9 April 2021.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Unit – eThekwini Metrolopitan Muncipality, as per Proclamation No. 9 of GG 44384 dated 1 April 2021.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Unit – Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001 (Act No. 63 of 2001), as per Proclamation No. R8 of GG 44384 dated 1 April 2021.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Unit – Gauteng Enterprise Propeller, as per Proclamation No. R7 of GG 44384 dated 1 April 2021.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Unit – Mogalakwena Muncipality, Limpopo Province, as per Notice No. 180 of GG 44230 dated 5 March 2021.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Unit – National Lotteries Commission, as per Proc. No. 32 of GG 43885 dated 6 November 2020.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated to publish Special Tribunal Rules, as per Notice No. 449 of GG 43647 dated 25 August 2020.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of Matters – Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality in the Free State Province as per Proc. No. 27 of GG43633 dated 21 August 2020.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of Matters – The State Institutions as per Proc. No. 23 of GG43546 dated 23 July 2020.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Amendments to Proclamation No. R. 17 of 2019 as per Notice No. R. 12 of GG43074 dated 6 March 2020.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Special Tribunal Rules (Conduct of Proceedings) as per Notice No. 569 of GG42783 dated 18 October 2019.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated with Referral of Matters to Existing Special Investigating Unit: Department of Justice and Constitutional Development in the Masters’ Office and the Office of the Chief Master as per Proclamation No. R.7 of GG42992 dated 3 February 2020.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated with Regulations of the Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals as per Notice No. R.1263 of GG42729 dated 26 September 2019.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated an amendment to Proclamation 18 (29 March 2019), Referral of Matters to Existing Special Investigating Units as per Proc. No. 43 of GG42577 dated 12 July 2019.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by the publication of the Referral of Matters to existing Special Investigating Units: South African Social Security Agency SASSA, as per Proclamation No. R.37 of GG42577 dated 12 July 2019.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Amendments to Proclamation P21 of 2018 - The Office of the State Attorney as per Proc. No. 33 of GG42577 dated 12 July 2019.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated with Referral of Matters to Existing Special Investigating Unit : Health professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as per Notice No. R.23 of GG42465 dated 17 May 2019.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Amendments made to Proclamation No. R.32 of GG42562: Denel SOC Ltd as per Proclamation No. R.57 of GG42828 dated 8 November 2019.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of matters to Existing Special Investigating Unit: South African Health products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) as per Proclamation No. R.54 of GG42773 dated 18 October 2019.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of matters to Existing Special Investigating Unit: Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa SOC Limited as per Proclamation No. R.51 of GG42670 dated 30 August 2019.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of matters to Existing Special Investigating Unit: Denel SOC Ltd as per Proclamation No. R.32 of GG42562 dated 5 July 2019.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of matters to Existing Special Investigating Unit: National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) as per Proclamation No. R.18 of GG42338 dated 29 March 2019.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of matters to Existing Special Investigating Unit: City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality as per Proclamation No. R.17 of GG42338 dated 29 March 2019.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of matters to Existing Special Investigating Unit: Umgeni Water in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province as per Proclamation No. R.4 of GG42204 dated 1 February 2019.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of Matters = The Office of the State Attorney as per Proc. No. 21 of GG41771 dated 13 July 2018.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of matters to Existing Special Investigating Unit: Alfred Nzo District Municipality, Eastern Cape Province as per Notice No. R.36 of GG41236 dated 10 November 2017.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 1996 (Act No. 74 of 1996) has been updated by Referral of matters to Existing Special Investigating Unit: Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority (PSETA) as per Notice No. R.35 of GG41236 dated 10 November 2017.

 

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act, 1996 has been added to the site on 6 September 2011.