Cyril Ramaphosa returned the controversial Copyright Amendment Act to Parliament for reconsideration.
This step was welcomed by the Copyright Coalition of South Africa.
Ramaphosa said in a letter to National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise that he was concerned about the constitutionality of the new law. His office received several complaints about this.
Several South African musicians and composers, including Jimmy Nevis, Zolani Mahola, David Kramer and Wendy Oldfield, earlier composed a song in which they pleaded with Ramaphosa not to approve the Amendment Act, but to Parliament refer back for further investigation.
The bill in its current form does not protect artists and creators in terms of copyright to their original intellectual property, and thus deprives them of the opportunity to earn a living from their art.
The Copyright Coalition says in a statement by returning the amendment law to parliament, Ramaphosa shows he cares about the country’s creative sector. The organization says it is in the best interest of the country to do so.