Social Development Minister Donna Cox says the women and girls will soon have an added measure of protection, following the laying of legislation for pepper spray.
The measure was introduced in the Senate today as an amendment to the Firearms Act.
Under the amendment, Estate Police, Special Reserve Officers, Municipal Police Officers and other people approved by the Minister will be able to carry pepper spray when performing their duties.
Also, the Police Commissioner or an officer authorised by him would able to issue a pepper spray import permit or a pepper spray permit based on the merit of an application.
Speaking during the debate, Ms Cox said there were 8,336 incidences of criminal activity in 2020 and 2,441 incidences of crime as of March 2021.
This means that so far this year there were 27 crimes committed per day, and she believes the issuance of pepper spray permits, is “now more significant than ever.”
She added that the legislation is just one tool for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and that it is expected to assist the protective services in the efficient execution of their duties.