2022-w2411 - 27 September 2022

Ntombovuyo Veronica Mente to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether, with regard to his department’s report that 22 211 out of 143 824 applications for protection orders were granted in the 2018-19 financial year, and in light of the evidence that indicates that the figures for domestic violence, including femicide, are alarmingly high, there is a plan to electronically roll out a system to (a) capture applications and (b) issue protection orders which is linked to the police, health and social development systems; if not, why not; if so, what (i) is the date of the of the roll out and (ii) are the further relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 27 Sep 2022

a) The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development already has a functional integrated electronic repository for domestic violence protection orders. During 2018/19 financial year, an Integrated Case Management System for Domestic Violence (ICMS: DV) was introduced in all district courts to capture applications for protection orders. This system monitors the flow of these applications in the court system. It further provides for disaggregated sets ...

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2022-w2650 - 27 September 2022

Werner Horn to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether any decision has been made by the National Prosecuting Authority on whether any prosecution will be instituted in respect of case number CAS109/09/2021 opened at Parkweg Police Station about alleged financial crimes committed within the administration of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality; if not, what is the reason for the failure to take such a decision; if so, (a) on what date was the decision made and (b) what progress has been made in the prosecution process to date?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 27 Sep 2022

The Specialised Commercial Crime Unit in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Free State on 14 July 2022 declined to prosecute because there were no prospects of a successful prosecution. The facts did not disclose any criminal conduct, and the municipality was advised to proceed with the matter internally.

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2022-w2752 - 27 September 2022

Manuel Simão Franca De Freitas to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(a) On what date was the tender for the beautification and maintenance of the gardens surrounding the Booysens Magistrate Court issued and did the specified tender close, (b)(i) what total number of bidders responded to the tender and (ii) which bidder won the tender, (c) what is the (i) duration and (ii) value of the tender, (d) what are the payment conditions for the tender, (e) on what date did the successful bidder officially commence with work and (f) what are the terms, conditions and minimum standards for the tender and how are they monitored for compliance?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 27 Sep 2022

a) The beautification of Booysens Magistrate Court was not advertised on tender. The Booysens Magistrate Court’s procurement section requested quotation using the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development’s Justice Yellow Pages (JYP) system to invite Central Supplier Database (CSD) compliant suppliers. Request for quotation was opened on 10 June 2022 with the closing date of 17 June 2022.

b) (i) The total number of ...

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2022-w2198 - 27 September 2022

Werner Horn to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

With reference to the target to establish an additional 80 sexual offences courts in the 2022-23 financial year, (a) where will the courts be established and (b) what progress has been made in respect of the establishment of each of the specified courts?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 27 Sep 2022

a) During this financial year the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has planned to establish eighty (80) sexual offences courts (SOCs) in terms of section 55A of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No. 32 of 2007) (the Act). This will be the first batch of the section 55A SOCs established in line with the resource specifications ...

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2022-w2283 - 27 September 2022

Annerie Maria Magdalena Weber to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether his department has a budget for training regarding child maintenance; if not, why not; if so, (a) will he provide Ms A M M Weber with the curriculum used for training and (b) how often does the training take place; (2) What number of (a) legal practitioners, (b) magistrates and (c) maintenance officers are (i) fully trained and (ii) knowledgeable regarding the Maintenance Act, Act 99 of 1998?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 27 Sep 2022

1. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (the Department) does allocate the budget for the training of officials in child maintenance and such budget is allocated to the Justice College which is the official training business unit of the Department.

a)  However, the Department cannot provide a curriculum used for the training on the Maintenance Act, 1998 (Act No.99 of 1998) (the Act) ...

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2022-w3261 - 27 September 2022

Lorato Florence Tito to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether he has been informed that at the High Court in Kimberley, Northern Cape, the administration for Letters of Authority only assists members of the public until 12h00, takes two-hour lunch breaks and knocks off at 15h00; 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 27 Sep 2022

The allegations in the question are untrue. It should be noted that the Master’s Office: Kimberley is open for the public from 7h45 – 12h15 and again from 13h45 – 15h30. Officials however, have lunch break 13h00-13h45 and remain in the office until 16h15 (as per normal working hours).

The time between 12h15 and 13h00 as well as between 15h30 and 16h15, is utilized ...

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2022-w2495 - 20 September 2022

Janho Engelbrecht to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether, with reference to the release on parole of Mr Morné Harmse on 03 March 2022, who was serving a sentence of 20 years after being convicted of murder and attempted murder, any of the victims of the three counts of attempted murder he was convicted of, participated in the Victim Offender Participation programmes prior to the specified offender’s release on parole; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 20 Sep 2022

The mentioned parolee was sentenced to twenty years in 2009 for murder and three counts of attempted murder. His sentence is set to expire on 2029/03/09. He completed his legislated Minimum Detention Period (MDP) on 2019/06/09 and was placed on parole on 2022/03/03 after serving twelve (12) years and nine (09) months of his 20 year sentence. He appeared before the Correctional Supervision and ...

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2022-w2493 - 20 September 2022

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

Whether, in view of his statement on 20 May 2022, that a total number of 176 beds would be added to Parys to counter overcrowding, the prison infrastructure has enough space to house the specified beds and inmates; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether his department has enough human capital to manage such additions; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 20 Sep 2022

1. The current approved bed space at the Parys Correctional Centre is 68 and it should be noted that the infrastructure is aging. The construction of a new correctional centre has commenced on the existing site with an intention to add 176 new bed space.

2. The design of the new correctional centre as mentioned above is based on the new generation Unit Management ...

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2022-w2507 - 20 September 2022

Nomathemba Hendrietta Maseko-Jele to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What (a) has he found to be the impact of the many arrests that have been taking place recently, particularly of the illegal informal miners called zamazamas, on the Republic’s correctional centres and (b) steps is his Department taking to cope with the situation?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 20 Sep 2022

a) The table below provides a contrast of Remand Detainee populations at the various Correctional Centres before the admission of illegal minors and after admission. The arrested persons are detained at Heidelberg, Krugersdorp and Modderbee Correctional Centres.

Name of correctional centre

Number of remand detainees (18 July 2022)

Number of remand detainees (25 August 2022)

Percentage increase

Heidelberg

157

259

64.97%

Krugersdorp

1624 ...

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2022-w2496 - 20 September 2022

Janho Engelbrecht to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1) What is the current status of the review of the parole policy of his Department; (2) What total number of serious crimes have been committed by parolees since 01 March 2020?

Reply from the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on 20 Sep 2022

  1. The Department produced a draft Position Paper on the revised parole system for South Africa which was intended to form a basis for discussion and consultation with all role-players and other interested parties on proposals with a view to finalise an appropriate new parole system for South Africa. The Position Paper was consulted with National Council for Correctional Services (NCCS), Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional ...
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