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Justice showcases its services at the Rand Show 2015

By Mokgethwa Ngoepe, Internal Communication

The department is currently taking part in the annual Rand Show, where it showcases services offered to the public.

The Rand Show, currently taking place in Nasrec, Johannesburg, ends on Sunday, 12 April 2015. Justice Voice visited the justice service information where school children, accompanied by their teachers and parents came to seek more information on the day. 

The purpose of the Rand Show is to showcase the work of various departments, companies and also to provide members of the public including learners an opportunity to engage with those institutions.

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development had an opportunity of sharing information¬† on a number of justice related careers. Many learners were stimulated by the careers offered within the department. One of the students who want to enroll for an LLB degree when finishes her matric said she wanted to learn more about the South Africa Constitution. “I want to know my rights and responsibilities as a child.”

According to Ms Sduduziwe Hlatshwayo, Assistant Director: Outreach, the main purpose is to explain justice services offered to the public and school children. “We encourage students and the public to know their rights and also give advice to those who want help regarding maintenance, domestic violence, functioning of small claims court and the expungement of a criminal records, amongst others,” she explaiend.

All Justice Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster stakeholders also displayed their work. After visiting the departmental information stall, Ms Malose Ledwaba from Soweto had this to say: “The show is very important to us as residents and we also appreciate the information that was provided by the Department of Justice, it was my first time at the show and I have enjoyed it.”

Another Soweto resident, Ms Maria Seliane said her friend, who was a professional nurse, became blind and has three children and four grandsons. “I am grateful to come here and to witness a Braille booklet on the justice services, it will assist my friend to understand the work of the department as she cannot see anymore,” she said.

Mr Norman Maripa of Diepkloof, Soweto, who has a criminal record wanted to know about the expungement in order to clear his name. “I committed a crime long ago, convicted and I served my sentence and since then, it is only now that I have been told that there is a process where I could apply and get my criminal record expunged,” he said.

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Published: 13 April 2015