Government has unpacked the Maintenance of Peace and Order (MOPO) Bill. Police can request for identity documents at any time if the bill is enacted.
Addressing delegates at a breakfast meeting on unpacking MOPO, Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Home Affairs Melusi Matshiya said anyone who is requested to identify themselves will have seven days to present their identification to the police.
Matshiya said people will no longer be detained as the section repealed the part which allowed police officers to detain a person without identity documents.
“This section amends section 32 subsection 4 of POSA which empowers a police officer to detain individuals for failure to avail his or her identity documents until such a time his or her identity is established or verified to the satisfaction of the police officer,” he said.
He said POSA did not provide time frame in which notification may be rendered to the convener by the regulatory Authority.
“Section 26 subsection 1of POSA does not provide for a time frame in which notification may be rendered to the convener by the regulatory Authority in instances where negotiations are not necessary.
“Basically the convener, and the regulatory are in concordance, they are in agreement, there are no areas of disagreement, the notification has to be done within specific time frame,” he said.