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Territorial Sea

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The territorial sea is, with the internal waters and the high seas, one of the oldest maritime zones. In international law &t;ships of all States, whether coastal or land-locked, enjoy the right of innocent passage through the territorial sea&t;. Section 7(1) of the MTA authorises the Minister of Transport, after consultation with the Minister of Defence and if he or she &t;considers it essential for the protection of the security of the Republic&t;, to suspend the passage of ships for a specified period in specified areas of the territorial sea. This provision is silent on the issue of whether a suspension may be decreed and enforced in such a way as to discriminate between ships of different States. Finally, South Africa reserves the right to take in its territorial sea any action that &t;is necessary in the exercise of the principle of self-defence contained in Article 51 of the&t; UNC.

Keywords: international law; MTA; South African law; South African territorial sea; territorial sea



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