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

Chapter 5 : National Consumer Protection Institutions

Part B : Establishment of National Consumer Commission

88. Appointment of inspectors and investigators



1) The Commissioner—
a) may appoint any suitable employee of the Commission or any other suitable person employed by the State, as an inspector; and
b) must issue each inspector with a certificate in the prescribed form stating that the person has been appointed as an inspector in terms of this Act.


2) When an inspector performs any function of an inspector in terms of this Act, the inspector—
a) must be in possession of a certificate of appointment issued to that inspector in terms of subsection (1);
b) must show that certificate to any person who—
i) is affected by the inspector’s actions in terms of this Act; and
ii) requests to see the certificate; and
c) has the powers of a peace officer as defined in section 1 of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977), and may exercise the powers conferred on a peace officer by law.


3) The Commissioner may appoint or contract with any suitably qualified person as an investigator to conduct research, audits, inquiries or other investigations on behalf of the Commission.


4) A person appointed in terms of subsection (3) is not an inspector within the meaning of this Act.