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Consumer Protection Act, 2008 (Act No. 68 of 2008)

Rules Regulating the Functioning of the National Consumer Commission in Terms of The Consumer Protection Act, 2008 (No.68 of 2008)

Part 1 : General Provisions

2. Interpretation



1) A word or expression defined in the Act bears the same meaning in these Rules as in the Act.


2) In these Rules—
a) a reference to a section by number refers to the corresponding section of the Act;
b) a reference to a rule by number refers to the corresponding item of these Rules; and
c) a reference to a sub-rule or paragraph by number refers to the corresponding item of the rule in which the reference appears.


3) In these Rules unless the context indicates otherwise,
a) "application" means a request for an exemption submitted in terms of section 5(3);
b) "certified copy" means a copy of a document certified by a Commissioner of Oaths;
c) "Commission" means the body established by section 85;
d) "Commissioner" means the office holder appointed in terms of section 87;
e) "Consumer Tribunal Rules" means the rules promulgated in terms of the Act and the National Credit Act, 2005 (Act No. 34 of 2005) for the regulation of procedures of the Tribunal;
f) "complaint" means either—
i) a matter initiated by the Commission in terms of section 71(2); or
ii) a matter that has been submitted to the Commission in terms of sections 71 (1);
g) "deliver" depending on the context, means to serve, or to file, a document;
h) "file", when used as a verb, means to deposit with the Commission;
i) "public holiday" means a public holiday referred to in section 1 of the Public Holidays Act, 1994 (Act No. 36 of 1994);
j) "serve" means to deliver a document to a person other than the Commission;
k) ''the Act" means the Consumer Protection Act, 2008 (Act No.68 of 2008); and
l) "Tribunal" means the National Consumer Tribunal established by section 26 of the National Credit Act, 2005.