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Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2002 (Act No. 25 of 2002)

Chapter I : Interpretation, Objects and Application

4. Sphere of application


(1) Subject to any contrary provision in this section, this Act applies in respect of any electronic transaction or data message.


(2) This Act must not be construed as—
(a) requiring any person to generate, communicate, produce, process, send, receive, record, retain, store or display any information, document or signature by or in electronic form; or
(b) prohibiting a person from establishing requirements in respect of the manner in which that person will accept data messages.


(3) The sections of this Act mentioned in Column B of Schedule 1 do not apply to the laws mentioned in Column A of that Schedule.


(4) This Act must not be construed as giving validity to any transaction mentioned in Schedule 2.


(5) This Act does not limit the operation of any law that expressly authorises, prohibits or regulates the use of data messages, including any requirement by or under a law for information to be posted or displayed in a specified manner, or for any information or document to be transmitted by a specified method.