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JUSTICE COMMITTEE TO BE BRIEFED BY SIU ON BUDGET

Parliament, The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services will tomorrow receive a briefing from the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) on its Annual Performance Plan (APP) and Budget. The committee will also receive a briefing from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on its APP.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

JUSTICE AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES COMMITTEE BRIEFED BY MINISTER

Parliament, The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services yesterday received a briefing from the new Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr Ronald Lamola.

Newly elected committee Chairperson, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe, said the committee noted the input from the Minister and is especially excited that the Land Courts Bill, which deals with land restitution matters, will be making its way to Parliament. The Bill will, among other things, streamline that court’s jurisdiction and address issues relating to the judges that serve on that court.

The committee commends the fact that this Bill will make its way soon to Parliament. Furthermore, it is encouraging to note that the Bill will aim to address the quantity as well as permanence of the judges serving on this court. We cannot be serious about land restitution if we do not capacitate and provide sufficient resources to this court.

The committee further heard that the modernisation and digitisation of the courts is high on Minister Lamola’s agenda. He made it clear that this will have multiple positive impacts, such as improving financial and record management. We need to exploit the efficiencies of the fourth industrial revolution. We cannot continue to store loads of papers.

Mr Magwanishe said the committee also commends the Minister for focusing on gender-based violence, with a commitment to address this scourge within a decade.

The committee furthermore engaged with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJCD) on its annual performance plan and budget. The committee heard that the newly created Investigative Directorate will pursue all commissions of inquiry matters, with the aim to later claw back state money that was lost through illicit flows. The committee further noted with some concern the 20% vacancy rate in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

We note the vacancy rate. The NPA will appear before the committee next week, where we will seek clarity on the matter and the way forward, said Mr Magwanishe.

He raised concern regarding donor funds for some DoJCD programmes, as the committee feels such funding could be used as a bargaining tool in the future. The department said in response that donor support currently takes the form of technical support, for example researchers, rather than financial.

In terms of the Department of Correctional Services, the Minister repeated that contracts with Bosasa have been terminated. The committee was assured that inmates in correctional facilities are now doing various services previously supplied by Bosasa, including agriculture, themselves. The committee expressed concern regarding the continued overcrowding in facilities, currently at 37%, but noted that the Minister has plans in place to manage this problem.

Mr Magwanishe said it is clear work has been done, but that a great deal remains to be achieved.

Source: Parliament

Beware of investment scams

DURBAN-Detectives in KwaZulu-Natal are warning members of the public to steer clear of people who intent on conning them out of their hard earned cash through various scams. It is equally disturbing to find that members of the public are willing to hand over their money to people who claim to be involved in illegal activities such as dealing in precious metals and stones. This warning comes as detectives are swamped with cases from people who have been swindled out of large sums of money by con artists.

On 30 March 2019, a 39-year-old man was deceived and robbed of a large amount of cash by criminals in Richards Bay. It is alleged that the victim was lured from Durban to Richards Bay to purchase platinum. He was presented with a bar which he was made to believe contained platinum. After negotiations, he handed over the cash and was told to wait at a mall for the delivery of the merchandise. The delivery did not materialise and when he tried to contact the fraudsters, their phones were switched off. A case of theft by false pretences was opened for further investigation.

Such scams are rife and offers that are too good to be true turn out to be not true. Citizens are urged not to commit crimes by investing in illegal deals that involve precious stones and metals. Anyone who is approached by such con artists is urged to contact their local police or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Source: South African Police Service

MEC Motlalepula Rosho tables 2019 Provincial Appropriation Bill, 4 Jul

MEC Rosho to table 2019 Appropriation Bill

Following the reconfiguration of provincial departments after the 2019 general elections, the MEC for Finance Motlalepula Rosho will table the 2019 Provincial Appropriation Bill before North West Provincial Legislature. The first Provincial Appropriation Bill under the 6th administration is expected to amongst others respond to the reorganization and reconfiguration of some of provincial departments.

The reconfiguration of some of the departments would create a capable administration that will be able to implement the National Development Plan and respond to the existing service delivery challenges, said MEC Rosho

Rosho said the move to reorganise provincial administration is aimed at improving governance and where saving is realized, funds will be redirected to fast track service delivery issues such as provision of water and sanitation as one of the set priorities as announced through State of the Province Address by the North West Premier.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the event.

Source: Government of South Africa