4. (1) Statistics South Africa referred to as an organisational component in the first column of Schedule 2 to the Public Service Act and for the purposes of the application of that Act, in terms of section 7(4)(a) of that Act, regarded to be a department—
(a) continues as such; and
(b) consists of the Statistician-General and the permanent and temporary staff referred to in section 7(3)(a) of this Act.
(2) Subject to the Minister’s duties and powers referred to in section 5, no person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of Statistics South Africa.
(3) For the purpose of ensuring the effectiveness of Statistics South Africa, all other organs of state must assist it in accordance with the principles of co-operative government and intergovernmental relations contemplated in Chapter 3 of the Constitution.