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Deputy President delivers a keynote address at the National Conference on the  Integrated Criminal Justice System and the Review of Criminal Procedure Act of 1977

Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Paulus Mashatile, delivered a keynote address at the official opening of the National Conference on the Integrated Criminal Justice System and the Review of the Criminal Procedure Act of  1977 on Tuesday, 27 February 2024.

The ICJS Conference, was held under the theme “Strengthening the criminal justice system to keep our people safe and secure”. The main aim of the conference was to reflect on the progress achieved in the implementation of the Justice Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) 7-Point Plan which is aimed at promoting an integrated and modernised Criminal Justice System. This conference also provided a platform for engagements on the criminal justice system and the review of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1977.

As the Chairperson of the Cabinet Committee on Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS), the Deputy President joined delegates from all elements  such as the public sector, organised business, community, civil society, judiciary and legal sector.

 “As we celebrate 30 Years of our Constitution with less than three months to the 2024 General Elections, this is an opportune moment for us to reflect on the criminal justice system in the context of the rights enshrined in the Constitution, and the founding provisions of human dignity and the advancement of human rights and freedoms.,” said Deputy President Mashatile.

Deputy President further highlighted that currently, the criminal justice system has been put to the test due to widespread corruption, criminality, Gender-Based Violence and Femicide.” “Looking at these challenges, it is easy to grow despondent, but we must never be discouraged. Instead, we must double our efforts to reach our desired goal,” he said.

He further applauded the growth of Thuthuzela Care Centres, which have 63 locations, targeting high-crime areas. Thuthuzela Care Centres are one-stop facilities introduced by the NPA and they are based at hospitals and clinics across the country. The Thuthuzela-model uses a victim-centric approach and is regarded as an international best practice model in dealing with gender-based violence matters.

Deputy President delivers a keynote address at the National Conference

Deputy President Paul Mashatile delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the National Conference on the Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) programme and the Review of the Criminal Procedure Act.

By Sinenhlanhla Mkhwanazi


DOJ&CD hosts the National Conference on the  Integrated Criminal Justice System and the Review of Criminal Procedure Act of 1977

ICJS National COnference 2024The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD) hosted the National   Conference on the Integrated Criminal Justice System and the Review of Criminal Procedure Act of 1977, from 27-29 February 2024 at Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Gauteng.

The objective of the conference was to take stock of and reflect critically on the progress in the implementation of the Justice Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) 7-Point Plan to promote an integrated and modernised Criminal Justice System.

This conference also provided a platform for engagements on the criminal justice system and the review of Criminal Procedure Act of 1977. “As we approach the 30th anniversary of our democracy, it is an opportune time for us, as a diverse nation, to reflect on our criminal justice system in light of the fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in our Constitution,” said Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr Ronald Lamola.

Minister Lamola further emphasised that a victim-centred approach in the criminal justice system is crucial as it recognizes the importance of prioritizing the well-being and rights of victims. “Victims of crime often experience significant physical, emotional and psychological trauma, and it is our responsibility to ensure that they are treated with compassion, empathy, and respect.” added Minister Lamola.

 In 2020, Minister Lamola tasked the South African Law Reform Commission with reviewing and reforming the criminal justice system. The first project undertaken in this endeavour, is the Criminal Procedure Reform Project.” This is a project that will require the constructive engagement of society and those institutions that play a key role in the criminal justice system,” said Minister Lamola.

Some of the topic covered during the Conference include.

  • Assessing the South African Integrated Criminal Justice system (ICJS) and International Perspectives on crime fighting
  • Governmental Performance in The Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) Sphere
  • A Comparative Study of Successful Criminal Justice Systems.

By Sinenhlanhla Mkhwanazi


In Pictures

Day One, 27 February 2024, of the National Conference on the Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) and the Review of the Criminal Procedure Act 1977 (Act No.51 of 19)

ICJS National Conference 2024Deputy President Paul Mashatile and Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola arriving at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Boksburg, for the official opening of the National Conference on the implementation of the Integrated Criminal Justice System and the review of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977.

ICJS National Conference 2024Deputy President Paul Mashatile with Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr. Ronald Lamola at the official opening of the National Conference on the implementation of the Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) and the Review of the Criminal Procedure Act.

ICJS National Conference 2024Department of Justice and Constitutional Development Director General, Adv. Doc Mashabane arrives at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Boksburg, for the official opening of the National Conference on the implementation of the Integrated Criminal Justice System and the Review of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977.

ICJS National Conference 2024Delegates attending the National Conference on the implementation of the Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) and the Review of the Criminal Procedure Act.

 

Day Two, 28 February 2024, of the National Conference on the Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) and the Review of the Criminal Procedure Act 1977 (Act No.51 of 19)

ICJS National Conference 2024Dr Gareth Newham, the Head of Justice at Violence Institute of Security Studies engaging with delegates about Comparative Study of Successful Justice systems at the National Conference on the Integrated Criminal Justice System and the Review of the Criminal Procedure Act.

ICJS National Conference 2024Chairperson of the Global Coalition to fight Financial Crime, Adv Xolisile Khanyile, at the National Conference on the Integrated Criminal Justice System and the Review of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1977.

ICJS National Conference 2024Delegates attending National Conference on the Integrated Criminal Justice System and the review of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1977.

ICJS National Conference 2024Exhibition stands at the National Conference on the Integrated Criminal Justice System and the Review of the Criminal Procedure Act.

 

Day Three, 29 February 2024, of the National Conference on the Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) and the Review of the Criminal Procedure Act 1977 (Act No.51 of 19)

ICJS National Conference 2024The Programme Director at the National Conference on the Integrated Criminal Justice System (and the Review of the Criminal Procedure Act, Director General Advocate Doc Mashabane.

ICJS National Conference 2024Delegates attending the National Conference on the Integrated Criminal Justice System and the Review of the Criminal Procedure Act.

ICJS National Conference 2024Delivering closing address at the National Conference on the Integrated Criminal Justice System and the Review of Criminal Procedure Act, is Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister, Mr. John Jeffery .

ICJS National Conference 2024Dr Mabona Mokoena leads the Bail Commission addressing attendees about the right to speedy trial, review of the laws pertaining to evidence, employment of lay, expect assessor as well as retrial and trial de novo in case of a deceased judicial officer.

ICJS National Conference 2024Facilitator for Pre-Trial Processes Commission Mrs. Elizabeth Radley, talking reforming the arrest dispensation, examining the court’s interpretation of the use of lethal force in effecting an arrest and the release of accused person (the bail dispensation).