Johannesburg: South Africa on Thursday said it has no plans to regulate BlackBerry's encrypted message service BBM for the cyber security.
Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said that there were no plans at this stage to regulate the BBM service of BlackBerry.
His statement came after the Deputy Minister of Communication Obed Bapela recently called for such regulation.
"I have been assigned the portfolio of cyber-security and wish to invite specialists to assist us to determine whether we should regulate applications such as BBM within the context of cyber security," Bapela had said earlier.
The use of BBM in civil unrest in recent weeks in South Africa had raised fears that it could give rise to situations such as that experienced in Arab states.
With countries such as India and Saudi Arabia also recently having proposed regulation for the BlackBerry service, legal experts here expressed concern about Bopela's suggestion.