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Following protracted communication between CSSA and the Department of Justice and Correctional Services, CSSA is delighted to announce that Fellow Members and Associate Members of CSSA have been granted the designation of Commissioner of Oaths as published in Government Gazette No 39641, No 83 dated 29 January 2016.

CSSA has undertaken to the Minister of Justice and Correctional services that it will establish and maintain a register of all members who choose to use the Commissioner of Oaths designation, including members who are already registered as Commissioners of Oaths. Accordingly, if you already use the Commissioner of Oaths designation or plan to do so, please would you complete and return the confirmation form to Brenda Foster, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Likewise, should you decide at a later stage to stop using the designation of Commissioner of Oaths, you are required to notify CSSA.

In terms of section 7 of the Justice of the Peace and Commissioners of Oaths Act, 1963 (Act No 16 of 1963) ("the Act"), a Commissioner of Oaths may administer an oath or affirmation or take a solemn or attested declaration from any person.

The Regulations governing the administering of an oath or affirmation require the Commissioner of Oaths to follow a specific procedure to fulfill his or her duties which are detailed below:

Administering the Oath
An oath is administered by the deponent saying the following:
"I swear that the contents of this declaration are true, so help me God".

Administering an Affirmation
An affirmation is administered by the deponent saying the following:
"I truly affirm that the contents of this declaration are true".

Before administering the oath, the Commissioner of Oaths must ask the deponent:

1. Whether he/she knows and understand the contents of the declaration
2. Whether he/she has any objection to taking the prescribed oath
3. Whether he/she considers the prescribed oath to be binding on his/her conscience

If the deponent affirms the above three questions, he or she shall then sign the declaration in the presence of the Commissioner of Oaths.

Below the deponent’s signature, the Commissioner of Oaths must certify that the deponent has acknowledged that he/she knows and understands the contents of the declaration and state the manner, place and date of taking the declaration. The Commissioner of Oaths shall sign the declaration and print his/her full name and business address below his/her signature and state his designation and the area for which he holds his or her appointment.

A Commissioner of Oaths shall not charge a fee for administering any oath or affirmation or attesting any declaration. A Commissioner of Oaths shall not administer an oath or affirmation relating to a matter in which he or she has an interest.

CSSA has been advised by Huntley Brothers that they will provide preferential rates to Members who would like Commissioner of Oaths’ stamps made up. Their contact numbers are 011 331 7986 or 086 652 9173 and the contact person is Linda Booysen on 011 331 7986 or 082 557 8458, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please provide them with your completed verification details with your order for control purposes. You may choose any number of the sample four stamps on the attachment to this letter but please identify your order by the sample number/s.

This is a very valuable service offered to members, which will greatly assist in streamlining your work.

Commissioner of Oaths stamp example
Full Government Gazette No 39641, No 83 dated 29 January 2016