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Commission for Gender Equality Act, 1996 (Act No. 39 of 1996)

14. Compensation for certain expenses and damage

 

 

(1) Subject to the provisions of subsection (2), the Commission may, with the specific or general concurrence of the Minister of Finance, order that the expenses or a portion of the expenses incurred by any person in the course of or in connection with an investigation by the Commission, be paid from State funds.

 

(2) Any person appearing before the Commission in terms of section 12 (4) (b) who is not in the public service, shall be entitled to receive from moneys appropriated by law for such purpose, as witness fees, an amount equal to the amount which he or she would have received as witness fees had he or she been summoned to attend criminal proceedings in the Supreme Court held at the place mentioned in the written notice in question.

 

(3) If, in the execution of a warrant in terms of section 13 (5), it is necessary to use force to gain entry to premises as contemplated in section 13 (6) (a) and the force of such entry causes damage to any lock, door, window, wall or other part of the premises or to anything inside the premises, the Commission may order that such damage be made good from State funds: Provided that no such order shall be made if the person responsible for the premises was present at the time of entry and failed, without just cause, to facilitate the entry.