23 September 2019
Envisage a scenario where you witness two respected politicians colluding in the orchestration of a corrupt deal. You contact a journalist to tell your story to expose the corruption, but in return you expect to be protected as a source, for fear of retribution. Little do you know that officers have obtained an interception order under RICA to intercept the journalist’s communications with various sources, and your call has been intercepted and recorded. Not only would you never know that your communication had been intercepted, depriving you of your right to approach a court for wrongful interception, but the intercepted information could be stored at a statutory interception centre in perpetuity, where it can potentially be copied or seen by unauthorised eyes. As of September 2019, such alarming intrusion of your privacy should no longer be a reality, as the High Court has declared certain provisions of RICA unconstitutional.