Justice says goodbye to Minister Radebe
It was a bitter-sweet moment as the department officials bid farewell to former Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Mr Jeff Radebe and welcoming the newly appointed Minister Michael Masutha recently. The portfolio has now been changed to the Department of Justice and Correctional Services.
Officials from the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster and other stakeholders in the legal field bid farewell to Minister Radebe, at the St Georges Hotel in Pretoria. The former minister led the department from 2009 until last month. He has since taken over as the Minister in the Presidency in May.
During his five-year stay, Minister Radebe transformed the department and ensured that justice is accessible to disadvantaged communities without travelling long distances.
Bidding farewell to the former minister, Co-Chairperson of Law Society of South Africa, Mr Ettinette Barnard thanked Mr Radebe for the job well done in ensuring the delivery of justice services timeously to the needy people of the country. “I wish you good luck with your new assignment, we thank you for your good leadership,” Mr Barnard remarked.
Minister Jeff Radebe thanked everyone especially former Deputy Minister Andries Nel, Deputy Minister John Jeffery and Director-General Ms Nonkululeko Sindane for the support and hard work they have shown during his tenure at the department. “When I arrived in 2009, the department received a qualified audit. I am very proud for the hard work put in by our colleagues who ensured that the department received an unqualified audit for the financial year 2012/13,” said Minister Radebe.
His successor, Minister Masutha has promised to do his best in the new position. “With the cooperation from the JCPS Cluster and two deputy ministers, I hope we will achieve a lot in the next five years,” he said. Minister Masutha added that he was privileged to have worked with Minister Radebe in his previous portfolios. “I look forward to get more support from him in order to put our people’s interest at heart, we therefore need to deliver quality services to our people’s satisfaction,” he said.
Minister Radebe took over from the former Minister Envy Surty in 2009 and his work is well recognised as he reached to communities through events and imbizos and the opening of new courts countrywide in a quest to bring justice services closer to people.
By Mokgethwa Ngoepe
Published: 18 June 2014