The objectives of the Police Service are to prevent, combat and investigate crime, to maintain public order, to protect and secure the inhabitants of the Republic and their property, and to uphold and enforce the law.

The following is a list of some important legislation that should be understood by all citizens and that all members of a community crime prevention structures should be conversant with. Including the Bill of Rights as this is the highest authority in South Africa (The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 of 1996).

Please note that some of these refer to Government Gazettes as statutes and regulations must be proclaimed and published in Government Gazettes. As laws are ever changing it is very difficult to keep track of changes and advise same.

  • The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 of 1996.
  • GRN 384 of 11 May 2001: South African Police Service Interim Regulations for Community Police Forums and   Boards.
  • The South African Police Services Act 68 of 1995.
  • National Instruction 3/2013 regulating Sector Policing.
  • The Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977.
  • The Private Security Industry Regulation Act 56 of 2001. (Code of Conduct included).
  • The Merchandise Act 17 of 1941.
  • The Heraldry Act 18 of 1962.
  • The National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996.
  • The Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000.
  • Common Law principals applicable to private defence.
  • The Merchandise Act 17 of 1941.
  • Domestic violence act 116 of 1998.
  • Civilian secretariat for police service act 2 of 2011.
  • Protection from harassment act 17 of 2011.
  • Children’s act 38 of 2008.
  • Child justice act 75 of 2008.
  • Criminal law (sexual offences and related matters) amendment act 32 of 2007.
  • Older persons act 13 of 2006.
  • Firearms control act 6 of 2000