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'SA's criminal justice system is in crisis'

By unknown | Dec 04, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Waghied Misbach

The criminal justice sector is in a crisis because of poor management by Cabinet and the Presidency and needs a major overhaul, according to a discussion document released by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Parliament yesterday.

The overview looking at performance and administration is based on the last three years' yearly reports of the safety and security, the correctional services and the justice and constitutional development departments. It was released jointly by the DA's safety and security spokesman Dianne Kohler Barnard and the correctional services spokesman Rafeek Shah.

"The criminal justice system is in a crisis," according to the document released by Shah and Kohler Barnard.

"The DA's analysis reveals that there are, indeed, substantial problems with South Africa's criminal justice system in general and with the three core departments which comprise it in particular.

"The fact that there are clearly major recurring issues from year to year, speaks directly to the failure to place correctly-skilled and experienced people in key positions. There are serious problems across the board with a shortage of skilled and experienced staff as well as a failure to implement systems that manage performance," they stated.


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