Department of Justice and Correctional Services

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Department of Justice and Correctional Services
South Africa Department of Justice and Constitutional Development logo.png
Logo of the department
Department overview
Jurisdiction Government of South Africa
Headquarters Momentum Centre, 329 Pretorius Street, Pretoria
25°44′52″S 28°11′42″E / 25.74778°S 28.19500°E / -25.74778; 28.19500
Employees 63,945 (2012/13)
Annual budget R34,883 million (2014/15)
Ministers responsible
Department executive
  • Nonkululeko Msomi, Director-General: Justice and Constitutional Development
Child agencies
Website www.justice.gov.za

The Department of Justice and Correctional Services is the justice ministry of the South African government. The department provides administrative and financial support to the court system and the judiciary (which are constitutionally independent of the executive), oversees the National Prosecuting Authority, provides legal advice and representation to organs of state, facilitates law reform and is responsible for the country's Correctional Services.

Prior to May 2014, Correctional Services was a separate department and the justice department was named the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.[1][2]

The political head of the department is the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, who is supported by two deputy ministers. The incumbent minister is Michael Masutha and his deputies are John Jeffery (Justice and Constitutional Development) and Thabang Makwetla (Correctional Services).[3][4] At the time of the 2014 national budget, Justice and Correctional Service were still two separate departments; R15,161.9 million was appropriated for Justice, while R19,721.1 million was appropriated for Correctional Services. In the 2012/13 financial year the Department of Justice had 23,780 employees and the Department of Correctional Services had 40,165.[5][6]

The correctional division of the department has about 34,000 staff and is responsible for the administration of 240 prisons, which accommodates about 189,748 inmates. The prisons include minimum, medium and maximum security facilities. The political head of the department is the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, currently Michael Masutha.[7][8]

Correctional centres[edit]

The 178 prisons run by the department include:

  • 9 women-only prisons
  • 13 prisons for young offenders
  • 40 prisons for male offenders
  • 72 prisons for both male and female offenders
  • 5 prisons that are temporarily closed down or undergoing renovations

Notable prisons[edit]

Branches[edit]

  • Finance
  • Development and Care
  • Corrections
  • Central Services
  • Corporate Services
  • Operations & Management Support
  • Departmental Investigation Unit (DIU)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "President Jacob Zuma announces members of the National Executive, Pretoria". The Presidency. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Wynn, Craig (25 May 2014). "Zuma announces new Cabinet". EWN. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Justice/Contacts/Ministry". Department of Justice. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "DCS". Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Vote 24: Justice and Constitutional Development" (PDF). Estimates of National Expenditure 2014. Pretoria: National Treasury. 26 February 2014. ISBN 978-0-621-42406-5. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Vote 21: Correctional Services" (PDF). Estimates of National Expenditure 2014. Pretoria: National Treasury. 26 February 2014. ISBN 978-0-621-42406-5. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Justice/Contacts/Ministry". Department of Justice. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "DCS". Retrieved 18 July 2014.