• Sending these WhatsApp messages to your friends could soon get you sent to jail

    You might want to think twice before you send the photos and videos of the teacher involved in the Bishops school scandal on to your friends because these are the kind of messages that could soon land you in jail.

    The South African government is looking at reviving the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill that expired when parliament was dissolved on 7 May 2019.

    The aim of the bill is to align South Africa's cybercrimes and related laws with those of other countries.

    The bill will also focus on the criminalisation of harmful electronic broadcasts.

    Harmful electronic broadcasting messages include:

    • The distribution of a person's nudes or content of them performing sexual acts without their consent.
    • Messages that serve as a threat to a persons health or property. 
    • Messages proving that you have incited damage to a persons property.

    They can either lay a charge, sue those sharing the content or get a protection order. Read more on bullying videos and what the SA law says

    The bill will have an effect on:

    • Financial Institutions
    • The Police
    • Cybercriminals and terrorists
    • Electronic Communications Service Providers
    • Government Departments
    • Information security experts and IT professionals
    • People that use the internet and cellphones

    If the bill does get implemented in South Africa, it could mean that any person found guilty of sending these types of messages could be imprisoned for up to three years, or be liable to pay a fine of up to R150 000, and in some cases, it might be both. 

    Though the bill has not yet been officially implemented, it would be best to exercise extreme caution regarding what you share on WhatsApp and other social platforms.

    Source: Parent24
    Written By: Anneline Hlangani
    Edited By: Rick Crouch

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