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Strategic Plan for the period 2021-2025

Strategic Plan for the period 2021-2025This Strategic Plan was developed during a very difficult period. The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to deepening negative economic growth and high unemployment. When we conceptualized these plans, we were mindful that our priorities should invoke a paradigm shift in our country. The shift must take place in two directions: on one end of the spectrum is the recalibrating and reviving of our economy, while on the other end of the spectrum is the need to stem the tide of corruption by reigning in those who are wielding state power for their own benefit. It is now more than ever that we need to be morally and ethically upright, and effective in our daily jobs.

The Department was qualified on the vote account and pre-determined objectives over the past four successive financial years and we cannot continue on that downward trajectory. The Department must implement radical interventions, including stabilising and turning around its efforts to address the negative audit outcomes and challenges relating to good governance, accountability and compliance with relevant regulatory prescripts such the PFMA. The aim is to achieve and sustain unqualified audit opinions on all accounts and predetermined objectives by no later than the 2023/24 financial year. The Department must attract the best human capital to help fulfil not only its mandate but also help realise the priorities in the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF).

Our country faces the serious challenge of high rates of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and violence against women, children, people with disabilities and vulnerable people. In order to support survivors of GBV, Sexual Offences Courts and regulations were developed in terms of section 55A of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007. Over the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period, we will designate over 99 courts dedicated to dealing with GBVF matters. The Department will play a major role in implementing the 2019 Presidential Summit Declarations and its National Strategic Plan on Gender Based Violence and Femicide.

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Annual Performance Plan for the period 2024-2025

Annual Performance Plan for the period 2024-2025The year 2024 marks a critical milestone in the history of our nascent Constitutional democracy, that is three decades of Constitutional democracy, respect for human rights and freedom. The department, given its mandate for the administration of the Constitution of the Republic, has a critical strategic role to play in making the 30th anniversary of our Constitutional democratic order.

The department will lead critical initiatives and campaign on the 30th anniversary, focusing particularly on Constitutionalism, respect for human rights and the rule of law.

As part of the celebration and observation of the 30th year anniversary of Constitutional democracy the department will convene a symposium to discuss “Access to Justice” as a Constitutional imperative and human rights. This will provide the department and all the stakeholders an opportunity to reflect and critically conduct an assessment of the state of access to justice in South Africa. Exactly three years ago now, in 2021 the senior management of the department developed a ground breaking turnaround plan for the department with a view to fundamentally the department and rebuilt it to be a formidable centre for management of access to justice and custodian of our progressive Constitution.

The turnaround plan identified key and critical areas that required urgent attention in order to propel the department forward. I am proud to report that the seven pillars of the turnaround plan have been successfully implemented and we reclaimed the centre stage. On behalf of the Senior Management of the Department, I would like to express our gratitude to the Minister, Deputy Minister and Correctional Services for the support and trust they extended to us. As part of the implementation of the turnaround plan, we managed to improve what used to be a lacklustre performance to an above eighty percent performance.

We successfully addressed all the major issues that had been identified by Auditor General of South Africa over a period of five years and managed to move the department from qualified audit opinions to an unqualified audit opinion. We are continuing to build on this outstanding achievement. This year also marks the end of the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF 2019 – 2024) and we are focusing our attention in making sure that we finalize all outstanding targets before the transition to the seventh administration.

Follow this link to read the full Departmental Annual Performance Plan 2024-2025.pdf [2.64mb]
Published on 14 April 2024.