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

18. Offences and penalties

 

 

(1) A person who without just cause—
(a) refuses or fails to comply with a notice under section 12 (4) (b) or refuses to take the oath or to make an affirmation at the request of the Commission in terms of section 12 (4) (c) or refuses to answer any question put to him or her under section 12 (4) (c) or refuses or fails to furnish particulars or information required from him or her under that section;
(b) after having been sworn or having made an affirmation contemplated in section 12 (4) (c) , gives false evidence before the Commission on any matter, knowing such evidence to be false or not knowing or believing it to be true;
(c) wilfully interrupts the proceedings at an investigation or misbehaves in any manner in the place where such investigation is being held;
(d) defames the Commission or a member of the Commission in his or her capacity as a member;
(e) in connection with any investigation does anything which, if such investigation were proceedings in a court of law, would have constituted contempt of court;
(f) anticipates any findings of the Commission regarding an investigation in a manner calculated to influence its proceedings or such findings;
(g) does anything calculated to influence the Commission improperly in respect of any matter being or to be considered by the Commission;
(h) contravenes section 10 (2);
(i) acts contrary to the authority of a warrant issued under section 13 (5) or, without being authorised thereto under section 13, enters or searches any premises or attaches any article or document or performs any act contemplated in section 13 (3),

shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months.