Parliament ordered to change Hawks act

The Western Cape High Court found certain parts of the legislation to be unconstitutional.

The Western Cape High Court ruled certain sections of the South African Police Service Amendment Act, which govern the Hawks, is unconstitutional. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The Helen Suzman Foundation on Monday welcomed a ruling by the Western Cape High Court that found certain parts of the South African Police Service Amendment Act unconstitutional.

The court's finding is in relation to regulations which govern crime-fighting body the Hawks.

In its ruling, the court found the Hawks do not have enough independence under the legislation.

It ruled Parliament has a year to make changes to the act.

But the matter must still head to the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg for confirmation.

The top court previously found the Hawks' location in the police to be within the ambit of the Constitution.

Foundation director Francis Antonie said, "I'm very pleased to say that the court agreed with all our arguments. They also awarded us costs."