OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
No. 1466. 20 September 1995
NO. 46 OF 1995: INVESTIGATION OF SERIOUS ECONOMIC OFFENCES AMENDMENT ACT, 1995.
It is hereby notified that the President has assented to the following Act
which is hereby published for general information:-
GENERAL EXPLANATORY NOTE:
** ** Words between two asterisks indicate omissions from existing
<< >> Words between two pointed brackets indicate insertions in
To amend the Investigation of Serious Economic Offences Act, 1991, so as to
provide anew for the entering upon premises by the Director: Office for Serious
Economic Offences; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
(English text signed by the President.)
(Assented to 20 September 1995.)
BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, as
Substitution of section 6 of Act 117 of 1991
1. The following section is hereby substituted for section 6 of the
Investigation of Serious Economic Offences Act, 1991-
"Entering upon premises by Director
6. (1) The Director or any person authorised thereto by him <<or her>> in
writing may, <<subject to this section,>> for the purposes of an inquiry at any
reasonable time and without prior notice or with such notice as he <<or she>>
may deem appropriate, enter any premises on or in which anything connected with
that inquiry is or is suspected to be, and may-
(a) inspect and search those premises, and there make such enquiries as he
or she may deem necessary;
(b) examine any object found on or in the premises <<which has a bearing or
might have a bearing on the inquiry in question,>> and request from the
owner or person in charge of the premises or from any person in whose
possession or charge that object is, information regarding that object;
(c) make copies of or take extracts from any book or document found on or in
the premises which <<has a bearing or might have a bearing on the inquiry in
question,>> and request from any person **whom he suspects** <<suspected>>
of having the necessary information, an explanation of any entry therein;
(d) seize, against the issue of a receipt, anything on or in the premises
which **in his opinion** has a bearing <<or might have a bearing>> on the
inquiry in question, or if he or she wishes to retain it for further
examination or for safe custody.
<<(2) Any entry upon or search of any premises in terms of this section
conducted with strict regard to decency and order, including-
(a) a person's right to, respect for and the protection of his or her
(b) the right of a person to freedom and security; and
(c) the right of a person to his or her personal privacy.
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(3) No evidence regarding any questions and answers contemplated in
subsection (1) shall be admissible in any subsequent criminal proceedings
against a person from whom information in terms of that subsection is
acquired if the answers incriminate him or her, except in criminal
proceedings where the person concerned stands trial on a charge contemplated
in subsection (12).
(4) Subject to subsection (10), the premises referred to in subsection (1)
may only be entered, and the acts referred to in subsection (1) may only be
performed, by virtue of a warrant issued in chambers by a magistrate,
regional magistrate or judge of the area of jurisdiction within which the
premises is situated: Provided that such a warrant may be issued by a judge
in respect of premises situated in another area of jurisdiction, if he or
she deems it justified.
(5) A warrant contemplated in subsection (4) may only be issued if it
appears to the magistrate, regional magistrate or judge from information on
oath or affirmation, stating-
(a) the nature of the inquiry in terms of section 5;
(b) the suspicion which gave rise to the inquiry; and
(c) the need, in regard to the inquiry, for a search and seizure in terms
of this section, that there are reasonable grounds for believing that
anything referred to in subsection (1) is on or in such premises or
suspected to be on or in such premises.
(6) A warrant issued in terms of this section may be issued on any day
be of force until-
(a) it has been executed;
(b) it is cancelled by the person who issued it or, if such person is not
available, by any person with like authority; or
(c) the expiry of three months from the day of its issue, whichever may
(7) (a) Any person who acts on authority of a warrant issued in terms of
this section may use such force as may be reasonably necessary to overcome
any resistance against the entry and search of the premises, including the
breaking of any door or window of such premises: Provided that such person
shall first audibly demand admission to the premises and state the purpose
for which he or she seeks to enter such premises.
(b) The proviso to paragraph (a) shall not apply where the person concerned
is on reasonable grounds of the opinion that any object, book or document
which is the subject of the search may be destroyed, tampered with or
disposed of if the provisions of the said proviso are first complied with.
(8) A warrant issued in terms of this section shall be executed by day
unless the person who issues the warrant authorises the execution thereof
by night at times which shall be reasonable in the circumstances.
(9) Any person executing a warrant in terms of this section shall
immediately before commencing with the execution-
(a) identify himself or herself to the person in control of the premises,
if such person is present, and hand to such person a copy of the warrant
or, if such person is not present, affix such copy to a prominent place on
(b) supply such person at his or her request with particulars regarding his
or her authority to execute such a warrant.
(10) (a) The Director or any person referred to in section 3(4)(a) may
without a warrant enter upon any premises and perform the acts referred to
(i) if the person who is competent to do so consents to such
entry, search, seizure and removal; or
(ii) if he or she upon reasonable grounds believes that-
(aa) the required warrant will be issued to him or her in terms of
subsection (4) if he or she were to apply for such warrant; and
(bb) the delay caused by the obtaining of any such warrant would defeat
the object of the entry, search, seizure and removal.
(b) Any entry and search in terms of paragraph (a) shall be executed
unless the execution thereof by night is justifiable and necessary.
(11) If during the execution of a warrant or the conducting of a search in
terms of this section, a person claims that anything found on or in the premises
concerned contains privileged information and refuses the inspection or removal
of such thing, the person executing the warrant or conducting the search shall,
if he or she is of the opinion that the thing contains information which is
relevant to the inquiry and that such information is necessary for the inquiry,
request the registrar of the Supreme Court which has jurisdiction or his or her
delegate, to seize and remove that thing for safe custody until a court of law
has made a ruling on the question whether the information concerned is
privileged or not.>> **(2)**(12) Any person who-
(a) obstructs or hinders the Director or any other person in the
performance of his <<or her>> functions **under subsection (1)** <<in terms
of this>> section;
(b) when he <<or she>> is asked in terms of subsection (1) for information
or an explanation relating to a matter within his <<or her>> knowledge,
refuses or fails to give that information or explanation or gives
information or an explanation which is false or misleading, knowing it to
be false or misleading, shall be guilty of an offence.".
Amendment of section II of Act 117 of 1991
2. The following section is hereby substituted for section 11 of the
Investigation of Serious Economic Offences Act, 1991:
11. Any person convicted of an offence referred to in section 5(10),
6**(2)**(12) or 7(2) shall be liable to a fine **not exceeding R8 000** or
imprisonment for a period not exceeding **two** <<five>> years or both such
fine and such imprisonment.".
3. This Act shall be called the Investigation of Serious Economic Offences
Amendment Act, 1995.
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