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BACK TO DRAWING BOARD FOR SEXUAL OFFENCES BILL

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MBABANE – It’s back to the drawing board for the portfolio committee of the Deputy Prime Minister’s (DPM) office, following the public outcry over the scrapped clauses in the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Bill, 2015.


The committee, which is chaired by Sandleni Member of Parliament (MP) James Simelane, found itself locked in a private meeting at Sibane Hotel yesterday where they deliberated on the issue. However, more submissions by the MPs are expected to be made on Monday morning before the House sitting, which is scheduled for 2:30pm.


Gender activists who had attempted to sit in during the legislators’ meeting were informed that it was private and according to Parliament protocol’, they would not be allowed in.
The four core clauses which have been scrapped from the proposed law are Clause 4, 10, 42 and 47, which are incest, unlawful stalking, abduction and flashing, respectively.


One of the MPs who attended the sitting, said they advised that when the House sits on Monday, the chairperson should see it fit to withdraw the report.
The legislators further suggested that in the meantime, the committee would start working on the Bill and look into including the deleted clauses. “With further consultations, we believe that there is a way in which the clauses could be reinserted with changes in wording or other strategies,” said the MP.


The Bill and report was not debated and adopted in the House of Assembly on Wednesday, as the MPs were engaged in the debate over the suspension of the Swaziland Christian University (SCU). Several MPs confirmed that since the story broke on the removal of the clauses, they had received many calls from members of the public questioning this move. The scrapping of the clauses has been described as a terrible move by members of the public.

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