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Witness Protection Act, 1998

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To provide for the establishment of an Office for the protection of witnesses; to regulate the powers, functions and duties of the Director: Office for Witness Protection; to provide for temporary protection pending placement under protection; to provide for the placement of witnesses and related persons under protection; to provide for services related to the protection of witnesses and related persons; to amend the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977, so as to make provision for witness services at courts; and to provide for incidental matters.


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Latest Developments:


The Witness Protection Act, 1998 (Act No. 112 of 1998) has been amended by General Intelligence Laws Amendment Act, 2013 (Act No. 11 of 2013), Government Gazette 36695, Notice No. 528, dated 23 July 2013.


The Witness Protection Act, 1998 has been amended by Schedule 1 of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Act (Government Gazette 34298) dated 16 May 2011


The Witness Protection Act, 1998 (Act No. 112 of 1998) has been amended by section 68 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No. 32 of 2007), Government Gazette 30599, Notice No. 1224, dated 14 December 2007.


The act has been amended by the Schedule of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act (GG26311) 28 April 2004


The Witness Protection Act, 1998, has been added to the site on 23 August, as published in Government Gazette 19523 dated 27 November 1998.The whole Act, except sections 6 and 20, have come into operation on 31 March 2000.