Department of Correctional Services: Republic of South Africa Office of the Deputy Minister, Budget Vote Speech of the Deputy Minister of Correctional Services Dr. Ngoako Ramatlhodi
16 May 2012
Honourable Minister of Correctional Services
Honourable Chairperson and Members of the Correctional Services Portfolio
Honourable Members of the Extended Public Committee
Honourable Judge Tshabalala: Inspecting Judge of Correctional Services
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Mr Tom Moyane: National Commissioner; Department of Correctional Services
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Eight days ago, we commemorated the death of our comrade, Adv. Bram Fischer who, we were told, died of cancer in the then Apartheid Prison Cell serving a life sentence in 1975. Was it proper to sentence someone, espousing democratic ideals which we today enjoy, to life? The finesse with which the then regime dealt with governance defied common sense and logic.
Need we be reminded that the courts play a pivotal role in the sentencing process? Their decisions have a bearing in the community of offenders whom we, as correctional services, house and in the process, have to ensure that by the time these offenders leave our centres are fully rehabilitated and ready to be integrated back into the community.
This reminds us of a dictum by our former Chief Justice Corbett, who then, as a Judge of our Appeal Court, held in: S v Rabie 1975 (4) SA 855 (A) at 866-C: ‘A judicial officer should not approach punishment in a spirit of anger; because, being human, that will make it difficult for him to achieve that delicate balance between the crime, the criminal and the interests of society which his task and the objects of punishment demand of him. Nor should he strive after severity; nor, on the other hand, surrender himself to misplaced pity.
While not flinching from firmness, where firmness is called for, he should approach his task with a humane and compassionate understanding of human frailties and the pressures of society which contribute to criminality’ Having said this;
- As we pass the mid-term of this administration, it is appropriate that we report today on the work done so far and indicate that the Correctional Services Plans tabled in Parliament this year focus on implementation of various initiatives taken under the leadership of Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
- The logic of the mandate of Correctional Services is premised on three legs – remand detention, correctional incarceration and social reintegration, the first and latter of which fall within my delegations, and hence are the focus of my address today.
- In relation to the Management of Remand Detention, we have taken the significant step of proclaiming, through publication in the Government Gazette of 27 February 2012, 26 dedicated Remand Detention Facilities across the country and 109 centres have been authorised to establish remand detentions sections with effect from 1 March 2012.
- The Department must lay the basis for effective resource and infrastructure planning for remand detention by generating accurate statistics on the bed space allocated to Remand Detention, by developing an appropriate staffing model for Remand Detention Facilities, by submitting dedicated budget estimates for the remand detention function, and by focusing on performance measurement in relation to remand detention. Cluster cooperation to map the location of the Remand Detention Facilities and Remand Detention sections vis-à-vis the location of courts and to balance the court caseload with the capacity of remand detention facilities is critical to enhance compliance with our Constitution and other legal prescripts and for effective management of remand processes.
- The draft White Paper on Remand Detention has been extensively edited and submitted to the Minister for approval for external consultation, including consultation with the Portfolio Committee. In essence, this White Paper states Government’s long term vision of remand detention as a distinct function, governed by different Constitutional and International Instrument imperatives from those that govern correctional incarceration and community corrections. Some of the principal policy positions in the draft White Paper have already been embedded in legislation through the Correctional Matters Amendment Act. However it is necessary for the Department to have a single strategic policy document that codifies the long term vision so that managers who work in this field have a constant lodestar to refer to. The Draft White Paper is the result of the past 6 years of focused work on the challenges of managing remand detention in South Africa.
- The Department has been working on the remand detention organisational Structure, with the funding and filling of the posts in the approved Head Office Remand Detention Branch started. The DCS restructuring project will take the process with draft Remand Detention Organisational Structures for Regions, Management Areas and Remand Detention Facilities already developed. A national workshop on the draft remand detention organisational structures was held at the end of February 2012 with DCS regions and Remand Detention Centres.
- Remand Detention is now a distinct budget sub-programme enabling focused resourcing of this function. As per the ENE, the indicative figures for the remand detention sub-programme are R618,352 million for 2012/13, R646,776 million for 2013/14 and R681,487 million for 2014/15. The head office branch allocation is R11.4 million for the compensation of personnel, goods and services, payment of capital assets and contract obligations. The regional compensation of employees’ allocation of R33.5 million covers the 2789 employees working in the demarcated Remand Detention Facilities. The bulk of the budget allocation is utilised for the services that DCS is obliged to provide to remand detainees and the Department is currently in the process of determining the budget estimates going forward.
- The Criminal Justice System Review process has significance for the Department, in particular for the management of remand detention. In the past year, the CJS Review team has been instrumental in the development of two protocols, the Protocol on the Maximum Incarceration Periods for Remand Detainees and the Protocol on the Referral of terminally ill remand or severely incapacitated remand detainees to court, to enable DCS to put sections 49E and 49G of the Correctional Matters Amendment Act of 2011 into operation. Honourable Members would recall these two sections of the Amendment Act have not as yet been promulgated since their promulgation is dependent on a number of factors that must be in place across the criminal justice value chain. These draft Protocols are now ready for submission to the Directors-General forum once certain IT and operational systems have been put in place, which should not be later than the end of July 2012. The calculation of maximum incarceration periods for remand detainees is dependent on accurate data capturing, and the necessary measures must be in place before section 49E and 49G of the Correctional Matters Amendment Act is operationalised.
- While the Protocol on maximum detention periods is being finalised, the Department has been developing the ability to measure the length of detention of remand detainees. The baseline was recalculated and the technical description of the indicator has been amended. The focus shifted from the cases to the individuals incarcerated. A Protocol was developed in relation to referral to court, based on the length of detention and consulted with all relevant JCPS cluster departments.
- A brief look at the average number of remand detainees per detention period for April 2012 is informative. Only 49% of the detainees spent 3 months or less in remand detention, this being the time period that the Criminal Procedure Act deems to be acceptable. Bearing in mind that one is innocent until proven guilty, remand detention should only be utilised when there is a potential flight risk, or when an arrested person poses a risk to public safety. Government is committed to fighting crime with all its resources, but it is also committed to see that that no person is detained unnecessarily, or unnecessarily long.
- At the end of March 2012, approximately 4421 unsentenced foreign nationals were incarcerated in our centres. Approximately 2794 of them face criminal charges. The remainder of the foreign nationals were detained as illegal immigrants in terms of warrant issued by Home Affairs. The Criminal Justice Review process should also have a positive impact on the operations of DCS in 2012/3 through the development of a Protocol on the management of foreign remand detainees and persons detained for deportation, which is currently being developed.
- Though the number of remand detainees dropped from a daily average of 48 482 in the last quarter of 2010/11 to 46 264 in the last quarter of 2011/12, the number of remand detainees kept by DCS with an option of bail is worrying. A preliminary analysis of DCS statistics shows that a large proportion of accused persons who have not been granted bail initially, are either later granted bail, released on warning or had their cases withdrawn. In the mean time they were detained. Approximately 18.4% of the remand detention population (or about 8500 detainees) have been granted bail but they remain in detention. We are concerned about the number of remand detainees who could rather be spending their remand period in the community, at home and at work.
- The Criminal Justice Review has undertaken to review the Protocol on procedure to be followed in applying section 63A of the Criminal Procedure Act, the so-called Bail Protocol, in order to enhance the use of the mechanism provided for in Section 63A. Relevant officials in the regions were trained on the Bail Protocol, the provisions of section 63(1) of the Criminal Procedure Act, provisions of the Correctional Matters Amendment Act and the National Court and Case Flow Guidelines. A Bail Protocol pamphlet was developed and consulted with DCS regions and cluster structures such as the Criminal Justice Review Committee and the MATD task team and will be presented to the JCPS Development Committee in May 2012 for endorsement.
- Critical to the effective management of remand detainees, is the implementation of a security classification system for Remand Detainees, which has been developed in conjunction with South African Police Services in 2011/12. The system will be tested and rolled out with training and orientation in 2012/13, and will enable vulnerable remand detainees, including first arrestees and the elderly, to be accommodated appropriately; and will enable high risk remand detainees (whether due to escape history, due to profile, violence, or gangsterism) to be accommodated in high security sections or cells.
- The establishment of 22 remote video arraignment courts in DCS facilities that altogether service 47 magistrate courtrooms remains with certain challenges. Renovation on 21 of the 22 sites has been completed. The refurbishment of the Mthatha site is currently being managed by the Department of Public Works. Challenges relating to the connectivity of lines, both Telkom and ISDN, theft of equipment, and non-operational systems on the side of the Department of Justice are being experienced at some sites. We are committed to ensure through Cluster liaison and cooperation that all these facilities are optimally utilised.
- A policy on uniform for remand detainees was developed that provides uniform packages for both males and females. In accordance with international instruments, it is distinct in relation to colour and wording - remand detention uniform will be brilliant yellow with the words “Remand Detainee” written in a circle. Jerseys will be blue fleece, while the shoes and or sandals will be similar to those provided to sentenced offenders.
- The promulgation of section 48 of the Correctional Matters Amendment Act, which deals with the provision of uniforms to remand detainees, will only be done once the uniforms have been manufactured for the entire remand detainee population. The uniform policy for remand detainees will be implemented in two phases. The first phase is the provision of Yellow clothing and the jersey; and the second phase involves the provision of other uniform items such as shoes, pyjamas, court clothes and underwear and is dependent on funding.
- The required funding of R40 million was approved by the DCS Budget Committee in 2011/12 but the amount was only allocated in February 2012. DCS has submitted a request to the National Treasury for rollover of the R40 million so that it can be utilised in 2012/13. Once confirmation is obtained with regard to the R40 million, the National Treasury procurement unit will be consulted for organising another T60 contract.
- Let me now move to community corrections. The cycle of crime is broken by effective rehabilitative interventions and effective social reintegration. Some of the rehabilitative interventions are in fact carried out within the community as non-custodial sentences, others occur inside and then the offender faces the difficult transition from a severely regimented existence in a correctional centre, back into a community with all the social distractions and temptations. This is not an easy process for any offender and the management of community corrections is critical to minimising the risk of breaking parole conditions and of re-offending. The overhaul of the staff competencies and the staffing structure of Community Corrections is long overdue and must be addressed in the restructuring process, under the creation of a Community Corrections Branch. The need for DCS to appoint Court Officials additional to existing structure must also be interrogated.
- The Department has been monitoring the level of parole violations over a number of years, and has as a three year target to reach 80% of parolees without parole violations. The experience of the 2005 remission and the work over the past 6 years has indicated that the inclusion of offenders participating in pre-release programmes has had a positive impact on the reintegration of parolees into the community. A total of 29 432 offenders completed the pre-release programme during the 2011/2012 financial year. It is our target in this financial year to ensure that all offenders with approved parole dates complete the pre-release programme. Completion of pre-release programmes is a critical step in the current Special Remission process, which will result in the release into community corrections immediately of 1483 offenders who already have approved parole dates. A further 13168 offenders will be released through Special Remission process by the end of July, some with sentence expiry dates and many into community corrections after due consideration by Parole Boards. The Special Remission process will result in approximately 20 855 parolees and probationers leaving the community corrections system and this has been affected in the first week of releases to make way for those leaving our centres.
- While on the topic of Special Remission, let me dispel the “experts” who have questioned whether the department can manage the process. Firstly we should note that all offenders, bar those lifers who are refused parole, return to communities either at the end of their sentence or when they are paroled. We are the first to know the risks of reintegration back into society and have put in place pre-release assessment and compulsory participation in the pre-release programme before release, as well as interaction with families and communities ahead of reintegration.
- Victim representation in parole hearings is a relatively new initiative and the Parole Boards are constantly faced with the challenge of locating the victims of crime to make presentation at Parole Boards sittings. This challenge could be linked to the victims not registering their interest to participate in parole boards, the relocation of the victims from their initial addresses they have registered; the poverty level of the victims which hampers their travelling to the parole boards; and lastly (but not limited) lack of knowledge by the victims about the parole system and their role as victims of crime. Despite this, over the past four financial years we have moved from 89 victim representations considered in 2008/9 to 684 in 2011/2012. This is a remarkable increase and the expectation is that it will further increase.
- The Department has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Foundation for Victims of Crime in August 2011with a view to enable the Foundation to assist the department with the preparation of victim mediation and to assist the department with the tracing of victims to enable improved participation at parole board hearings. Work in this regard is underway and a database of victims has already been compiled in the Western Cape.
- In order to address the issues of logistics and costs of travelling to Parole Board hearings, the policy on victim involvement in parole boards did not make provision for the transportation of victims by the Department and this has been reviewed so that victims of crime can be transported at state cost to attend Parole Boards hearings. In addition, Cabinet approved an allocation of R22.8 million from the Criminal Asset Recovery Committee fund to contribute towards the installation of an Audio-Visual system in the Parole Boards Offices. Once installed, it will enable the victims of crime to make presentations to the Parole Boards from wherever they are without having to travel. The process to acquire a service provider to install the audio visual systems has already begun. The Department will ensure in the budget estimate process that the full funding for all Parole Boards and the down-stream funding for this is addressed.
- In 2001 the DCS endorsed the restorative justice can assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly as indicated in the White Paper on Correctional Services (2005) which requires DCS to encourage restoration between victims, offenders and the communities. In 2007, the Department developed a Policy on Restorative interventions, including the Victim Offender Mediation Model which outlines the process of identifying offenders who are genuinely ready to take part in the Victim Offender Mediation, without it being used as a ticket to Parole. The model also attempts to clarify responsibilities and the expected outcomes at every stage.
- On 31 March 2012 altogether 10 772 offenders were serving sentences of incarceration for periods of less than 2 years. It is significant to note that 2 569 of these were sentenced for aggressive offences, 5 264 for economic offences, 1096 for narcotics related offences, 116 for sexual offences and 1727 for other offences. Our judiciary should be provided with this information and a breakdown of the charges that these offenders were found guilty of and serious consideration should be given to the use of non-custodial community corrections sentences instead of incarceration. Ultimately the use of electronic monitoring in community corrections could improve the readiness of the judiciary to hand down no-custodial sentences.
- The contract to pilot the Electronic Monitoring system for 150 offenders was awarded to Engineered Systems Solutions (ESS) on the 21st of December 2011. A National Control Room was set up, tested and staffed by ESS with DCS officials co-staffing the control room for skills transfer purposes. The training of Regional Coordinators of Social Reintegration, as well as selected community corrections officials, has been concluded. Electronic monitoring went live on the 24th February 2012 and a total number of eighty-nine (89) offenders were placed under electronic monitoring by the 31st of March 2012.
- The Halfway House Pilot Project grew out of our concern about various offenders who are unable to be granted parole due to not having a monitorable address and/or appropriate familial support systems. This is of particular concern in relation to offenders who were homeless or street children before their arrest and conviction.
- On 24 February 2012, the Halfway House in Naturena, which had been renovated by IDT and Johannesburg Management Area, was launched as a pilot for a period of 12 months. House parents with relevant experience were appointed and underwent additional training to enable them to deal with the first six residents, who were pre-selected by department and they moved into the Halfway House on 20 February 2012. A management committee comprising of three Non-Profit Organisations, working together as Victory House, will regularly report to the department on the status of the Halfway House. Relationships between the region, the management area (especially Community Corrections), the community of Naturena, the Non-Profit Organisations, and the house parents were established.
- One of the focuses in the 2012/13 is to ensure that the framework for halfway houses is finalised and approved, that staff are trained on this framework and that an implementation plan for Halfway Houses is developed. A business plan approved by the National Commissioner will assist o secure funding for the project. The model of funding entails provision of administrative support in financial terms to the non-profit organisations that are administering halfway houses. The programme will eventually be rolled out to all regions and regions would be required to budget for the Halfway Houses within their respective regions. A draft working document and standards in relation to the Halfway Houses has been developed.
- The Department is active in the implementation of the Child Justice Act. The Freedom Charter states that “Imprisonment shall be only for serious crimes against the people, and shall aim at re-education, not vengeance.” This hallowed principle should in the first instance be applicable to children. We remain of the view that alternative diversion methods should apply to most children who fall foul of the law. At the end of March 2012, the total remand detainee children were 218, compared to 305, at the end of March 2011.
- However, of real concern is that, consistent across each of the quarters of the past financial year, a figure of about 202 children per quarter had served more than 90 days in detention. The charges faced by these children are of such a nature that warrants their incarceration: Seventy five children were incarcerated for allegedly committing sexual offences ranging from indecent assault, intercourse with a minor to rape; forty nine (49) children were incarcerated for murder and attempted murder and eighty six (86) children for crimes associated with violence such as assault common, assault serious, robbery aggravating and aggressive crimes.
- As at 31 March 2012, there were 609 sentenced children in DCS facilities, as compared to 570 at the end of March 201. The average total of 860 sentenced children was accommodated in DCS on 31 March 2009, this figure decreased to 771 sentenced children on 31 March 2010. Despite the increase over the past year, since the implementation of the Child Justice Act, the number of sentenced children in DCS facilities was reduced.
- Sentenced child offenders completed the following programmes in 2011/12: 161 children completed substance abuse programmes; 104 completed anger management, 40 attended the sexual offenders programme; 132 participated in the pre-release programmes; 46 were involved in restorative justice interventions, 45 completed the Cross Roads programme, and 9 completed the New Beginnings Programme.
- One hundred and nine Correctional officials based at Youth centres inclusive of managers and social workers were trained on the Child Justice Act and the Children’s Act. Three Social Workers from Leeuwkop Youth centre were trained by UNISA on Trauma Debriefing for children. Since 2007, a total number of 12 officials attended 15 training workshops and seminars relating to sexual offenders. 141 officials (54 males and 87 females) including master trainers from all six regions were trained on Child Justice Act and Children's Act.
- Whilst the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 does not specifically identify the department as a critical role-player, the department has worked in close collaboration with other Justice Crime Prevention and Security Cluster departments to ensure effective implementation, participating in the development of the National Instructions and Directives in respect of Chapter 5 of the Sexual Offences Amendment Act.
- Correctional Services core mandate is the rehabilitation of offenders, and the rehabilitation of sex offenders is one of its primary focus areas, Sexual offenders are involved in structured sexual offender treatment programmes and are also involved in individual and group therapy, facilitated by social workers and psychologists. In 2011/2, 13 409 offenders attended the Correctional Programme for sexual offenders for the year under review. This figure includes the programme provided by both internal and external service providers. 159 officials have been orientated to implement the correctional programme for sexual offenders.
- The Department is currently aligning all Policies and Procedures with the Sexual Offences Act. A draft Standardised Sexual Offender Treatment Programme which will be presented by Social Workers was developed and will be submitted for approval in the near future. Once the Standardised Sexual Offender Treatment Programme is approved, Social Workers in all the Regions will be trained to implement the programme.
- DCS is also obliged in terms of Regulation 15(1) and (2) to submit a list of the offenders convicted of any sexual offence against children or persons who are mentally disabled to the Department of Justice. On 27 August 2011 a list of 5981 offenders incarcerated in term this Act, was submitted to DoJ&CD for purification prior inclusion into the National Register. Operationalising this regulation is made difficult in that not all offenders are admitted with SAP 62 forms and SAP 62 form does not make provision for the mental status of the victim.
- Sexual violence within our centres is a major human rights concern, exacerbated by levels of overcrowding, and the reluctance of inmates to report incidents of alleged sexual assault immediately or soon after an incident, thus preventing them from receiving the PEP within 24 hours where possible. The Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) Guideline was approved and disseminated to all regions for implementation during 2007/8 financial year. The lack of integrated technological systems to monitor activities inside the cells and the lack of safe cells or units to accommodate victims after reporting an incidence of sexual assault must be addressed going forward. There is a need for a one-stop-centre service (based on the Thuthuzela model) to provide support and collect evidence from victims of sexual assault within the correctional centres. DCS has prioritised the problems related to sexual assaults within the correctional facilities through conducting an investigation into the feasibility and legality of establishing an integrated surveillance system which will also include surveillance of cells.
- Since the commencement of the SOAA, a total of 154 cases of sexual offences were reported to have been exposed to bodily fluids due to injury or sexual assault and 113 of those cases had a confirmed negative status prior to exposure. In 99 of the above cases, PEP treatment was administered by external Crisis Centres. There are already correctional centres nationally that are equipped with 24 hour surveillance for the purposes of control, access and movement within the facility. The Gang Management Strategy is also an important element of DCS work on prevention of sexual assault in our facilities. The feasibility and legality of establishing an integrated surveillance system which will also include surveillance of cells will be investigated and considered as part of the development of the broader security technology strategy of the Department which will be dealt with during the 2012/2013 financial year.
- The training of correctional officials on the Sexual Offences Amendment Act and the strengthening of parole board’s inclusion of a victims’ centred approach are two other important dimensions. The Department of Correctional Services granted bursaries to 9 Social Workers and 21 Psychologists whose study content covers sexual offences. Health managers were orientated on the approved Health Care Services Policy and Procedures which includes the management of sexual assaults. DCS is currently in the process of incorporating the prescripts/obligations of the SOAA into the Basic Training Programme for members.
- The Department is at the forefront of development of a methodology and model for measuring recidivism through convening the IJS Research Coordinating Committee. In 2012/13, the Cluster will pilot this in measuring recidivism amongst offenders who have committed trio crimes – car-jacking, business robbery and house robbery. The challenge that this throws to Correctional Services is to design the appropriate rehabilitation path for offenders who have committed trio crimes, and to ensure that appropriate corrections programmes are designed to address offences of car-jacking, business robbery and house robbery. There must be a reprioritising of the corrections programme development work to align with Government crime prevention priorities. The Department can no longer deal with violent crime through a programme designed to address offenders’ anger management problems.
- I acknowledge the newly appointed Inspecting Judge, Justice Vusi Tshabalala, now only 6 months in office. The Judge has shown a proactive approach to his functions touring the Regions to meet management and see conditions of detention for himself. We are also pleased to report that the amendments to the Office of the Inspecting Judge brought about by the 2008 amendment of the Correctional Services Act have borne fruit with the appointment of Mr Adam Carelse as the CEO of the Inspecting Judge’s Office.
- We are now in a position to receive Quarterly Reports from the Inspecting Judge and believe that these reports from the coalface of our correctional centres and remand detention facilities will enable the work of the Chief Operations Officer and the Regional Commissioners to deliver what our Constitution requires.
- We are confident that with a man of Judge Tshabalala’s stature in this very critical oversight function, the Department’s delivery of conditions of detention appropriate for our constitutional order and our national security requirements will go from strength to strength. We are confident that with a man of Judge Tshabalala’s stature in this very critical oversight function, the Department’s delivery of conditions of detention appropriate for our constitutional order and our national security requirements will go from strength to strength.
- In the remaining time, let me reflect that the Legal Services component of the Department has not been appropriately structured for the tasks that the Department faces. Firstly the legislative drafting processes have been structurally separated from the policy coordination function. Secondly the Department has not had the appropriate capacity required to address the extensive litigation risk, from inmates and their families and representatives on the one hand, and from officials and their labour organisations on the other hand. Thirdly the legal services component was combined with the anti-corruption and fraud investigation and enforcement capacity. To close the gaps we have approved the restructuring of Legal Services to ensure capacity for legal drafting, litigation and contract management. The current restructuring process will impact on this component.
- The Department has completed a major review of all delegations that flow from the Correctional Services Act, the Public Service Act and the PFMA, the outcome of which is currently being submitted to the Minister for her approval prior to publication in the Government Gazette. The changes are to ensure that the delegations reflect the amendments to the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998 as promulgated in the Correctional Matters Amendment Act 5 of 2011 as well as the amendments to the Correctional Services Regulations that also came into effect on 1 March 2012. It further seeks to ensure that the delegations are in line with DPSA guidelines on delegations in terms of the PSA Act and regulations as well as the PFMA and Treasury Regulations. The delegations will ensure that decision making is brought closer to operational level where possible without compromising accountability and efficiency. The way forward is to ensure that on an annual basis there is a review of the delegations to refine them in relation to new policy developments or experience from practice.
- The policy framework for core business is to a large extent complete, although procedures are still outstanding in relation to Procedure on Correctional Centre-based Care Rendered Voluntarily by Offenders; Mental Health Procedures; Pharmaceutical Procedures; and Communicable Diseases Procedures. In the past year, Persal and Data Management procedures and Social Work procedures were approved. The Community Corrections procedures have been amended and are currently en route to the National Commissioner for approval. What remains to be done is the formal repeal of the B Order and its replacement with the approved policy and procedures.
- The key area of policy development lies in the HR environment where draft policies need to be reviewed to ensure alignment with the OSD and the integrated HR strategy. This relates specifically to the Performance and Career Management Policy, the Recruitment, Placement and Termination, the Employee Benefits Policy, and the Corporate Wear Policy. As this work is finalised, the repeal of the A Order will be affected.
- The Departments multi-year project with the Open Society Foundation to develop a tool for monitoring compliance with the Correctional Services Act has reached its conclusion, with testing of the Correctional Services Act Monitoring System finalised and training on the use of the tool conducted at Head Office and Regional Level. It is the intention of the Department to schedule the use of the tool to ensure compliance with the CSA at centre level on a regular basis, and in addition from time to time to focus on compliance levels on a particular theme.
As I conclude; let me say that we have the general will and zeal to fulfil our objectives.
Liyoze Line Nangakithi.
A Pula E Re Nele; E Komakome
Adv. Mahlodi Sam Muofhe
Tel: 012 305 8228
Tel: 021 464 6005
Issued by: Department of Correctional Services
16 May 2012
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