Just as apartheid was forced on the many by the few, Rica’s is just another justifiable violation of each citisens rights.
Government: Do not question, do not pass comment just register your cellphone number!
SA Citizen: What is this for and does this not contravene the constitution, the highest law of the land. And how is it supposed to work anyway.
Gov: Register or else face the consequences. It does not contravene the constitution cause we wrote it and we care about you.
The RICA “deadlie”, oops I meant, deadline has been extended to June 2011. When is a deadline, not a deadline?
Go here for a full version of the Rica Act http://www.info.gov.za/acts/2002/a70-02/
I personally will not be RICA’d, well that was until my phone got cut off, just as I’m not FICA’d. Seems that there are similarities to Apartheid (that thing that we hate without really understanding why, and therefore repeat under other names aka, BEE & BBBEE). Everyone obey, don’t question or poke fun at and by the way “it will cost you” financially (who do you think is paying, government, Vodacom, MTN – where did they get the money from – take your finger and point to self) and so called civil liberties.
RICA – The Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act or more accurately the RICPCRI Act.
The one minor flaw in this immense infringement on the constitution and every South African’s right to “privacy”, is that by definition “criminals” do not follow the law.
The second is that they make their livelihood from dodging the law’s, governments think will stop them. In fact they probably make more money the more idiotic laws are put in place.
Now the government of the day and their cronies decide to dump the rest of the South African law abiding population in the shit by making them responsible and mucking with our rights.
Who’s footing the bill by the way?! Not the big companies because they will just add it on to your next bill in some form.
It astounds me that large corporations that constantly advertise the fact that they exist only to serve you “the public” accept this slap in the “constitutional face” without so much as a “excuse me!”. Makes me wonder if it makes more money screwing the public than looking out for them.
Yes, I’m talking about Vodacom, MTN, Cell-C, Virgin and any others that come to your mind who offer empty promises, for a price of course.
Virgin, I would have expected to jump into the fray and make at least a bit of a fuss as Richard often does against the establishment.
If I was a criminal
I would steal a cellphone to use in a crime. Fortunately the “RICA Act” will mean that the poor sap I stole the phone from will get blamed/bothered. [Score: Criminals 1 – RICA 0]
Big Brother’s watching over you, out for you
Yeah, right, pull the other one. I don’t accept the notion that I must give up my liberties for greater social security. Funny how they are part of the problem, unemployment, inflation, hikes in pricing of essential goods which pushes people into crime and then they spend more on trying to stamp the crime out. [Makes them look like they are the good guys and actually doing something about the situation.]
To the cellphone companies
Can you explain… how you stand by and in so doing assist the violation of the South African peoples constitutional rights?
That FICA thing. Where the government basically said FICA to your rights. Heard much about it lately? Seen a drop in the crime it was going to put “paid” to?
Statements that seem to apply
- Guilty until proven innocent – supposedly to assist in capturing those that don’t conform
- Bullshit baffles brains – if the average South African can understand the Act in full form I’ll eat, said Act. How can this be Democratic if you need to have studied law to unravel rules that supposedly apply to you.
Will RICA Succeed or Fail
As far as I am concerned it has already failed. Failed to understand that
- Crooks by definition, don’t obey laws
- Free-flowing communication’s benefits far outweigh the negatives
- You cannot legislate Freedom or stop things by making them illegal, remember prohibition
RICA can “Get Rica’d” as far as I’m concerned.
Quotes from other sources on the web
RICA – conceived by idiots, implemented by idiots and operated by idiots.
I was RICA‘d
As EltherZA wrote:
Things that can go wrong list:
- Someone registers your number accidentally under their name and they are unable to help you in this situation
- More phones will be stolen for the sim card to be used in crimes
- They have to do over 40 Million sims in 18 months, thats about 80 000 a day, thats about 5 per second… starting now but how many will leave it to the last month?
- Fake registering
- Corrupt registering
- 6. Buying a sim card from zimbabwe and using MTNs one rate over africa to do crimes (hey, slightly more expensive, but since when does that matter when you’re stealing a R30 000 tv right?)
7. Reselling of ‘registered’ sims
8. What happens if you register, but for some reason you arent added to the database and your sim is killed off, can you still re-activate it later?
9. How much would supporting this cost? register at R1 [for someones time] is already costing someone R40 000 000? Also, to maintain the database, ensure it’s secure, support etc etc.
10. What stops Vodacom/MTN/Cellc from double capturing the details (when you register at a shop, they add it to their database as well as the secure national one) and use location data, personal details to target marketing to you?
Why not simply cal them RICA Centre’s:
Centre’s for Reappraisal Intergration Classification and Assesment
Everyone gets a RICA card stating they are are compliant citizens, this card must be shown when buying airtime, or the number punched in when logging on to the WWW. It must be entered into your cell, and is tagged to every sms you send.
The card also provides the folowing info:
Religion (lets throw in different colours for those)
Naturally you will not be allowed as a good RICA citizen to talk or communicate with anybody who is not RICA certified.
Lets all help Big Brother Nanny State in the removal of another of our freedoms , the right to privacy, the right to talk or communicate without being listened into, monitored and recorded.
• noun a person who has committed a crime.
• adjective 1 relating to or constituting a crime. 2 informal deplorable and shocking.
— DERIVATIVES criminality noun criminally adverb.
• noun 1 an offence against an individual or the state which is punishable by law. 2 such actions collectively. 3 informal something shameful or deplorable.
— ORIGIN Latin crimen ‘judgement, offence’.
• noun 1 an illegal act; a breach of a law or rule. 2 resentment or hurt. 3 the action of making a military attack. 4 N. Amer. the attacking team in a sport.
• noun 1 a rule or system of rules recognized by a country or community as regulating the actions of its members and enforced by the imposition of penalties. 2 such rules as a subject of study or as the basis of the legal profession. 3 statute law and the common law. 4 a statement of fact to the effect that a particular natural or scientific phenomenon always occurs if certain conditions are present. 5 a rule defining correct procedure or behaviour in a sport. 6 something having binding force or effect: his word was law. 7 (the law) informal the police.
— PHRASES be a law unto oneself behave in an unconventional or unpredictable manner. lay down the law issue instructions in an authoritative or dogmatic way. take the law into one’s own hands illegally or violently punish someone according to one’s own ideas of justice.
— ORIGIN Old Norse, ‘something laid down or fixed’; related to LAY1.