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Deputy Minister to deliver closing remarks at State Attorneys Symposium

01 October 2015

The Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr John Jeffery will  deliver closing remarks at State Attorneys Service Delivery Symposium held at Premier Hotel, OR Tambo in Johannesburg today at 12:00.

This symposium which started yesterday is organized under the theme, Beyond Challenges: Towards a Better Litigation Service” and was attended by representatives from national, provincial, local government and Chapter 9 institutions, who are participating in discussions aimed at  improving the work of State Attorneys.

Opening the symposium yesterday, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Advocate Masutha said that the symposium presented a rare opportunity which should be used wisely to, among others, come up with mechanisms to transform State Legal Services to more effectively meet the legal requirements of government.  In this context, Minister Masutha also emphasized that the issuing of legal briefs on behalf of the State to previously disadvantaged individuals should be done meaningfully to address transformation imperatives in the legal sector as a whole.

“Everyone deserves to be given an opportunity and it can’t be correct that in 21 years of democracy, women and Africans are still under-represented in the legal sector. However, when we say that, we are not saying people should be appointed in positions for its own sake. We still need competent and skillful personnel in order to achieve our objectives,” he said.

The Department has identified service turnaround in the State Attorney area as one of its strategic objectives for the 2015-20 MTEF period, underpinned by the aims of reducing the litigation bill and limiting the exposure of the State to civil liability. The two-day forum forms part of a series of efforts already initiated by the Department to realise this objective.

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Issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development  

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