Justice Dept implements Criminal Matters Amendment Act

The act will see those who vandalise essential infrastructure face harsher action.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Justice Department has implemented the Criminal Matters Amendment Act which will see those who vandalise essential infrastructure face harsher action.

As of today, the theft and vandalism of electricity cables, water pipes and other structures will be treated as serious crimes which could see perpetrators jailed for up to 30 years.

Under the guidelines of the act, police and prosecutors will no longer have powers to grant bail to suspects charged with infrastructure related crimes.

The department says it believes the implementation of the act will boost investor confidence and curb the loss of billions of rand due to vandalism and theft.