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South Africa: Bill Suppressing Cable Theft Approved

(Apr. 2, 2008) South Africa's National Assembly approved the Second-Hand Goods Bill to crack down on cable theft and put an end to "losses in the form of power cuts, interruption of commuter trains and communications services." The bill requires dealers of second-hand goods to "register in associations and gives the police search and seizure powers." The bill has a broad range of application that extends beyond used cable sellers to dealers of all sorts of stolen property, including cars and cell phones. (National Assembly Approves Bill to Suppress Cable Theft, AFP, Mar. 20, 2008, Open Source Center No. AFP20080320554012.)