The Bill was advertised for comment on Parliament's website and social media platforms as from 15 December 2015, and in newspapers as from 26 January 2015. By the end of business on 2 February 2015, the Committee had already received close to 440 submissions. The Committee met on 3 February 2015 to receive an introductory briefing on the Bill from the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. Given the complexity and sensitivity of the issues which relate to the protection of children, and the Constitutional Court's emphasis - in paragraph 109 of the Teddy Bear case especially - that the process to amend the legislation should allow all relevant parties to provide input, the Committee agreed that it would be most appropriate to extend its consultation process so as to ensure adequate public participation and thorough deliberations. To date, the Committee has received 932 submissions from the public. The Committee feels that it is not in a position to finalize the Bill before the deadline and that the Constitutional Court should be approached for an extension.