Department Of Correctional Services South Africa
The Department Of Correctional Services South Africa 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.
The political head of the department is the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, who is supported by two deputy ministers. In the 2012/13 financial year the Department of Justice had 23,780 employees and the Department of Correctional Services had 40,165.
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.
The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act No. 108 of 1996) lays the basis for the mandate of the Department of Correctional Services. The Constitution compels the Department to comply with the following sections in terms of the treatment of offenders:
Providing the best Correctional Services for a safer South Africa
Contributing to a just, peaceful and safer South Africa through effective and humane incarceration of inmates, rehabilitation and social reintegration of offenders
- Enablement and empowerment
- Faith in the potential of people
- Providing opportunities and facilities for growth
- Disassociating yourself from all forms of corruption and unethical conduct
- Sound business practices
- Serving with Kindness and humanity
- The best work methods, procedure and system to achieve set goals
- Excellent services
- Desire to perform well
- Accepting accountability for your behaviour
- Fair treatment
- Justice for all
- Fairness and equality before the law
- Safety of employees, offenders and the community
- Affirmative Action
- Gender equality
- Integration of disability issues