ACJR Submission to the City of Cape Town

On 15 May 2020, ACJR made a submission dissuading the City of Cape Town from implementing a bill seeking to provide law-enforcement officers with more powers to limit the rights of marginalized groups. The submission noted that the Constitution does not empower municipalities to legislate for policing-type powers, and that the proposed invasive policing powers, which limit rights, do not pass the test of the limitations clause in that it has not been demonstrated that the limitation of rights is reasonable, rational and proportionate in relation to the harm being addressed, which in this case is the infringement of bylaws.