2024-w9 - 23 February 2024

Christian Themba Msimang to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Given that the courts have recognized the right of prisoners to further their education and highlighted the importance of personal computers as tools of education, how does his department intend to facilitate access to educational resources, considering the (a) evolving nature of study material s being available in electronic format and (b) alignment of security measures with the ruling within correctional facilities.

2024-w4006 - 05 January 2024

Petrus Johannes Groenewald to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

what total number of a firearms and ammunition of each (i) type and (ii) calibre were (aa) stolen and (bb) lost and/or went missing at each correctional centre in each province (aaa) in the past four financial years and (bbb) from 1 April 2023 up to the latest specified date for which information is available. (2) What steps has his department taken to combat the theft and loss of the firearms and ammunition (3) Whether any persons were (a) arrested and/or (b) found guilty in this regard; if not, why not, if so, what total number of (i) persons were arrested and/or found guilty and (ii) the specified persons were members of Correctional Services?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 5 Jan 2024

  1. The total number of firearms and ammunition of each type and caliber which were stolen and lost and/or went missing at each correctional centre in each province in the past four financial years up to the latest specified date is as follows:

REGION

Centre

a) Total number of firearms (Type & calibre)

b) Total number of ammunition (Type & calibre)

(aa) Stolen

(bb) Lost/ ...

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2024-w3796 - 05 January 2024

John Henry Steenhuisen to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

With regard to the several observations and recommendations of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State regarding the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the fight against grand corruption, in giving effect to these, by what total amount has the annual budget of the NPA and specifically, the Investigating Directorate, been increased and/or supplemented to facilitate a more effective crime fighting operation?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 5 Jan 2024

The NPA budget allocation increased by 5.39% over the MTEF period, from R4,9 billion to R5,7 billion in order to capacitate the NPA to deal with State Capture cases and the fight against corruption. This increase was as a result of the R1.3 billion additional funding allocated to the NPA during the 2022 MTEF.

However, the increase was against a background of an inadequate ...

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2024-w3873 - 05 January 2024

Vuyani Pambo to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(a) What total number of (i) pre-1994 elections Special Branch members applied for amnesty at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and (ii) such applications were (aa) granted and (bb) denied and (b) what (i) happened to the Special Branch members who were denied amnesty and (ii) were their names?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 5 Jan 2024

(a) What total number of

(i) pre-1994 elections Special Branch members applied for amnesty at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and

(ii) such applications were (aa) granted and (bb) denied

The information on the total number of the pre-1994 elections Special Branch members who applied for amnesty at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and whose applications were granted and denied is available on the ...

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2024-w3600 - 05 January 2024

Busisiwe Joyce Mkhwebane to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What processes have been put in place to ensure that the National Prosecuting Authority handles cases in a fair and impartial manner, particularly cases that involve high profile individuals and politically sensitive matters?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 5 Jan 2024

The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa provides in section 179(4) that:

“National legislation must ensure that the prosecuting authority exercises its functions without fear, favour or prejudice.”

The National Prosecuting Authority Act, 32 of 1998, in compliance with the Constitution, provides in section 32 (1) (a):

“A member of the prosecuting authority shall serve impartially and exercise, carry out or perform his ...

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2024-w3163 - 05 January 2024

Solly Tshepiso Msimanga to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)What total number of prisoners have (a) escaped and/or (b) attempted to escape in the past five years in both (i) public and (ii) private correctional facilities; (2) whether he has been informed of the total number of (a) prisoners who are currently under the care and/or supervision of correctional facilities and (b) prison guards in each province; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 5 Jan 2024

(1)(a) Total number of inmates escaped in the past five years in both public and private correctional facilities as reported by regions.

Region

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

2022/23

April 2023 To Date

Limpopo, Mpumalanga & North West

01

06

07

05

02

Free State & Northern Cape

09

11

03

03

02

KwaZulu-Natal

05

03

06

02

03

Western Cape

04

75

03 ...

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2024-w4165 - 05 January 2024

Christian Themba Msimang to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether his department has records of (a) budget and (b) total spending towards the maintenance and refurbishment of courts in each province during the 2021-2023 period; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 5 Jan 2024

The Department of Justice and Correctional Services

(a) Yes

(b) Yes

(c) The table below is the summary of the DOJ&CD Day-to-Day maintenance budget and expenditure report.

Province

Budget

Expenditure

National Office

R1,808,000.00

R652,592.30

Eastern Cape

R4,634,000.00

R1,485,168.04

Free State

R1,970,000.00

R1,969,684.84

Gauteng

R10,931,000.00

R8,759,690.39

KwaZulu Natal

R2,631,000.00

R2,631,327.82

Limpopo

R795,000.00

R708,416.74

Mpumalanga

R7,082,000.00

R5,889,792.71

North West

R1,760,000.00

R1,760,150.34

Northern Cape

R2,655,000.00

R2,655,659.99

Western ...

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2024-w4137 - 05 January 2024

Eugene Mthethwa to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)Whether he has a mechanism in place when cases in courts are regularly postponed; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the (a) justifications for a postponement of a case in excess of 75 times and (b) are the cost implications that could be attributed to such postponements including the costs related to legal aid provided in such cases; (2) whether any mechanisms in the judiciary have been reported to him that alerts the Judge Presidents of the various divisions of the High Court of multiple postponements of cases for their attention in order to minimise unnecessary and further costs and delayed processes that deny justice to those who seek and are desperate for it; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 5 Jan 2024

1. Yes, there are mechanisms in place to address cases in courts which are regularly postponed. These include the quarterly meetings of senior members of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, with the Regional Court Presidents’ Forum as well as separately with the Chief Magistrates’ Forum, as Magistrates are in charge of Case-flow Management in courts. These meetings discuss blockages in the system ...

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2024-w4164 - 04 January 2024

Christian Themba Msimang to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether his department has records of the number of reported fraud cases against public officials during 2009 – 2022 period; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

2024-w3906 - 03 January 2024

Janho Engelbrecht to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

With reference to the special remission programme, and noting that 97 inmates released have since reoffended, what (a) were the offences committed by each reoffender and (b) defines a reoffender in this context?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 3 Jan 2024

(a)

STATUS OF CUMULATIVE RE-ARREST CASES AND REASONS REPORTED BY REGIONS AS AT 26 OCTOBER 2023

REGION

REASONS

TOTAL

RE-ARRESTS

EC

1 x offender released unconditionally on 23/08/2023 was readmitted on 11/09/2023 for Theft; 1 x offender released unconditionally on 23/08/2023 was readmitted on 11/09/2023 for House Breaking and Theft; 1 x offender released unconditionally on 21/08/2023 was readmitted on 11/09/2023 for Damage of ...

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