/ 7 March 2008

Last apartheid laws to be removed from statute books

A project to remove the remnants of apartheid laws from statute books was launched by the South African Law Commission on Friday.

It hoped to review about 2 800 statutes that had been placed on the law books since 1910 within the next 18 months, modernising and simplifying the statute book.

”The focus of the statutory law division investigation at this stage is the constitutionality of legislation and to repeal the updated provisions,” Constitutional Court Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, who is the chairperson of the commission, said.

She described the effort as ”huge”, saying experts from outside the commission would be appointed to assist in the review.

All of the national government departments — and the laws they oversee — would be reviewed. — Sapa