Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke handed over an interim report to Minister Ronald Lamola about the Committee on the rationalisation of the areas under the jurisdiction and judicial establishment of the divisions of the high court of South Africa on 15 November 2022.
The Department honoured officials who dedicated more than 35 years serving the department diligently in their respective fields of work. The Long Service Awards took place at The Lakes Hotel and Conference Centre in Benoni on 15 November 2022.
The National Office Men’s Forum was relaunched at Kgoshi Mampuru Correctional Centre on 11 November 2022.
The Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane visited four courts in the Western Cape to assess the level of service delivery and also sign copies of the 25th anniversary of the Constitution on 11 November 2022.
Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane met and launched the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Executive Committee at Point Brach Court on 08 November 2022.
Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane visited the Durban Magistrate’s Court and signed the commemorative copies of the Constitution as part of celebrating its 25th year anniversary. The visit and engagement with officials took place on 08 November 2022.
Advocate Tshilidzi Ramathikhithi was introduced as the new Mpumalanga Provincial Head with effect from 1 November 2022.
Some of the Departmental Executive Committee (EXCO) members visited the Department’s new datacenter in Telkom Park, Centurion on 26 October 2022.
Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane gave a keynote address during the South African Local Government Association (SALGA)’s two-day Municipal Legal Practitioner’s Forum which took place at Radisson Blu Hotel in Kempton Park, from 26 - 27 October 2022.
Judicial Officers Association of South Africa (JOASA) held a two-day conference as part of celebrating the 25 th Anniversary of the Constitution at Radisson Hotel in Kempton Park from 21 - 22 October 2022.
Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane attended the relaunch of the Men’s Forum in Kempton Park on 21 October 2022.
Minister Ronald Lamola and his entourage attended the 11th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime in Vienna, Austria from 17- 21 October.
Deputy Minister John Jeffery led a “silent” walk against human trafficking in Durban on 15 October 2022.
Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane officially opened the newly refurbished reception and unveiled the new departmental values at Momentum Building on 13 October 2022.
Deputy Minister John Jeffery attended the National Schools Moot Court Competition finals held at the Constitutional Court on 09 October 2022. The grand finale saw finalists battle it out in front of the judges.
The Department held a three day strategic review session that focussed on the progress made in the implementation of the Department’s priorities. The session was held at Emperor’s palace in Kempton Park on 10-12 October 2022.
The Department and its stakeholders gathered at Kakamas Primary School in the Northern Cape on 19 October 2022 for the Gender-Based Violence Imbizo as part of the Department’s ‘Year of the Community’ initiative.
Deputy Minister John Jeffery hosted a community engagement at Tsineng Community Hall in Kuruman, Northern Cape on 30 September 2022. The session was to ensure adequate access to justice services in communities, this was in response to this year’s theme: “The year of the Community”.
The Office of Solicitor-General (OSG) hosted a successful two days stakeholder engagement meeting at Windmill Casino in Bloemfontein on 21-22 September 2022.
The Department held a financial awareness session, including presentations on anger and conflict management in the workplace. Health screening and exhibition were also conducted on 28 September 2022.
Officials at the national office celebrated the last day of Heritage Month in style. They showcased their traditional regalia celebrating and appreciating each other’s cultures.
Minister Ronald Lamola spent a day with Mamelodi residents, assisting them with drafting Wills on 16 September 2022.
Director General, Advocate Doc Mashabane attended a meeting of the National Disability Forum held in Cape Town on 16 September 2022.
Director-General, Doc Mashabane attended the South African Lawyers Association annual general meeting, where he emphasised the importance of partnerships between government and institutions. The meeting was held in Cape Town on 10 September 2022.
As part of the Public Service Monitoring Week by Directors- General countrywide Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane conducted a visit at Chris Hani District Municipality in the Eastern Cape on 08 September 2022. He assessed infrastructure challenges that hinder members of the community from accessing justice services.
Continuing to motivate officials about the Departmental Turn-around strategy, Director-General, Doc Mashabane addressed Queenstown Magistrate’s Court staff in the Eastern Cape on 07 September 2022.
Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane launched the Eastern Cape Provincial Executive Committee and addressed officials at the East London Provincial Office on 07 September 2022.
Minister Ronald Lamola attended the 4th Annual Women’s Day Celebration hosted by the South African Board of Sheriffs at Premier Hotel in Midrand on the 29 August 2022.
Minister Ronald Lamola delivered a keynote address during a provincial symposium in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Constitution held at the University of Limpopo, Turfloop campus on the 30th August 2022..
Minister Ronald Lamola held a community imbizo against Gender Based Violence and Femicide at Indwe in the Eastern Cape..
Deputy-Director General: Corporate Services, Ms Conny Mametja and women’s champion, Ms Harriet Mekwa, alongside Justice women officials closed off Women’s Month with the relaunch of the Women’s Forum at Royal Elephant Hotel in Centurion on 31 August 2022..
The Integrated Public Service Month event, which coincided with heritage month, saw scores of officials from the Justice Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster witnessing the launch held at Freedom Park square in Pretoria on 1 September 2022.
Chief Financial Officer, Ms Irene Singo attended the inaugural Western Cape Women conference at Cape Town Lodge Hotel on 3 August 2022.
Officials from the Justice Athletics Club participated in the 95th edition of the Comrades Marathon on 28 August in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
North West Office of the State Attorney conducted a multi-stakeholder management engagement in Protea Hotel, Mahikeng on 23 August 2022. Other relevant stakeholders were invited in the meeting with Solicitor-General, Mr Fhedzisani Pandelani present; issues regarding state litigation, milestones and challenges were discussed.
Justice women recently celebrated Women’s Month in style at Orion Safari Lodge in Rustenburg, North West. The celebration, held on 19 August 2022, saw ladies and few of their male counterpart clad in vintage clothing in celebration of the Women’s Month under the theme: ‘Women’s Socio-Economic Rights and Empowerment: building back better for women’s resilience’. Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane was also in attendance.
Solicitor-General, Mr Pandelani Fhedzisani, and the Northern Cape Office of the State Attorney, held two-day provincial engagements with internal and external stakeholders in Kimberley on 17-18 August 2022.
Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane recently
held a series of visit in the
Western Cape where he
attended Provincial Executive
Committee (EXCO) meeting and later addressed staff. He also visited Cape Town Magistrate’s Court where he did a walk about and also
addressed staff. The DG further paid a courtesy visit at the Office of Family Advocate. All these engagements took place on 16 August 2022.
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The South African Chapter: International Association of Women Judges and their male counterparts recently met to look at the overview of the National Strategic Plan on Gender-based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) and the its three amended legislation. The discussions took place at UNISA with Chief Justice Raymond Zondo giving a keynote address on 06 August 2022.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister Ronald Lamola, Chief Justice Raymond Zondo and Deputy Chief Justice Mandisa Maya were among dignitaries who attended the officials opening of the 16th Conference of the South African Chapter: International Association of Women Judges at the Maslow Hotel Time Square in Menlyn Maine on 05 August 2022. The three-day conference was themed: “Empowerment as a tool to fight Gender-Based Violence” #BreakingBarriersandBias
Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane, attending the Justice College Retreat held at Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre, Kempton Park on 03 August 2022. The retreat focused on the repositioning and reclaiming Justice College.
The Department recently
senior managers during a
workshop held at the Elephant
Hotel in Centurion. During
the induction, the DG outlined the plans of the Department whilst different branches made presentations on their offerings on 10 August 2022.
The DG conducted a court staff meeting with Pretoria Magistrate’s Court officials where he engaged them on a number of issues directly affecting them and the operations on 05 August 2022.
DG Mashabane conducted unannounced visits at Heidelberg, Johannesburg Magistrate Courts and Pretoria Master’s Office respectively on 4 August 2022. He met court stakeholders and discussed issues relating to the courts and service delivery.
DG Mashabane recently visited the Mpumalanga High Court, Mbombela Magistrate’s Court and Masoi Branch Court respectively on 12 August 2022. This formed part of the DG’s visits to provinces to monitor service delivery and observe challenges in the court environment.
Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane addressed staff on the departmental progress since he took over in the last financial year. The address, which took place on 2 August 2022, was held at Momentum Building Foyer and Auditoriums respectively while other provincial staff connected virtually.
Relations revived the Inter-
on Extradition and
Mutual Legal Assistance
when it hosted a
meeting at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Head Office in Silverton, Pretoria, 29 July 2022.
The Department hosted a dialogue on legislation aimed at strengthening the fight against Gender-Based Violence at Mount Ayliff, Eastern Cape on 29 July 2022.
DG Mashabane proceeded with his court visits scheduled at three courts in Dutywa, Mqanduli and Mthatha in the Eastern Cape on 27 July 2022.
Director-General Mashabane visited three courts in the Eastern Cape
to engage staff and also to have a first-hand experience of the core
challenges encountered at Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown and Uitehage Courts on 26 July 2022.
In the spirit of Madiba, Deputy Minister John Jeffery made donations to the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Kenilworth Respite Centre on 21 July 2022.
Deputy Minister John Jeffery hosted a student lecture in KwaZulu-Natal. The lecture was attended by students from various universities such as University of Zululand, Durban University of Technology, Mangosuthu Technology and Howard College at Riverside Hotel in Durban on 21 July 2022.
DG, Advocate Doc Mashabane embarked on an unannounced visit at Seshego Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo on 12 July 2022.
Western Cape Regional Office, Office of Family Advocate, together with Justice Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster visited Saartjie Baartman Shelter for abused women and Children, Ilitha Lethu Centre and the Pride Shelter Trust in Cape town as part of Nelson Mandela Day celebration on 18 July 2022.
On 18 July 2022, the Mpumalanga Regional Office brought smiles to the children of Thabang Disability Centre at Clau-clau, in Nelspruit. The officials raised funds to buy groceries, cooked and cleaned for the children.
The Limpopo Region officials, together with the Department of Correctional Services spent thier 67 minutes where they painted and refurbished the dilapidated Mookgopong Magistrate’s Court on 18 July 2022.
The Department’s senior management held a Management Committee (MANCO) meeting at Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre to discuss performance of the department in Pretoria on 20 July 2022.
DG Mashabane, together with the National Chairperson of the Men’s Forum, Advocate Tshilidzi Ramathikhithi re-launched the Limpopo Men’s Forum at the Ranch Hotel in Polokwane on the 12 July 2022.
Closing off the Youth Month, the Department invited youth from all the regions: they engaged in talks about their future within Justice. The event was held at Radisson Hotel, Kempton Park in Gauteng on 24 June 2022. The day saw engagements with speakers from external entities and the Department’s Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane.
On 20 June 2022, The Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane introduced the new North West Regional Head, Ms Jennifer Ngema, to the staff and stakeholders.
The National Register for Sex Offenders (NRSO) conducted a two-day workshop to decentralise the services to the regions as part of access to justice. The workshop took place at Momentum Building, National Offi ce on 27-28 June 2022.
KwaZulu-Natal Regional Offi ce hosted Children’s Rights dialogue at Ulundi Multipurpose Centre, which targeted the teenagers from surrounding areas on 24 May 2022.
Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola officially launched The Office of Legal Services Ombud (OLSO) in Pretoria. The event was held at Protea Hotel, Menlyn, on 2 June 2022.
Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister John Jeffery closed off the Africa Month by hosting a dialogue, engaging with Diepsloot Community and developing interventions to curb the scourge of human rights violations at the Diepsloot Youth Centre on 31 May 2022.
Minister John Jeffery
was a guest speaker
at a lecture organised
by the Free State
Centre for Human
Rights on 30 May 2022.
The lecture, which was
delivered under the
topic: “Social Media
and the Limits on
was in collaboration with the Odeion String Quartet and the University of Free State.
Justice and Correctional Services Minister, Ronald Lamola travelled to Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape to hand over the remains of a Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) struggle heroes who were sentenced to death by the Apartheid government on 27 May 2022.
The Department hosted the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR), which reflected on the 20 years since its inception. In addition, the event assessed the progress made towards the implementation of South Africa’s National Action Plan (NAP) to Combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. The two-day gathering was held in Kempton Park, Gauteng, on 23-24 May 2022.
As part of the Justice Learner Campaign, the Department hosted about 90 learners from various schools around Pretoria on 25 May 2022. The schools included Mamelodi High School, Ribanelaka Secondary School and Phelindaba High School from Atteridgeville where learners were exposed in various career opportunities in Justice.
Ms Bonita Theys, Pretoria Regional coordinator, explaining to the learners about the career opportunities in Justice.
Learners receiving their certificates after participating in the Justice Learner Campaign in Momentum Building, Pretoria.
On 26 May 2022, Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane visited the Barberton Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga where he engaged with officials and handed out commemorative copies of the Constitution.
the Waterval Boven
Magistrate’s Court, in
to assess service
delivery; he also engaged officials and handed out the commemorative copies of the Constitution on 26 May 2022.
The Department’s senior management gathered at Momentum Building, Pretoria, to watch the live proceedings of the Minister’s Budget Vote speech on 17 May 2022.
Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister John Jeffery and Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane attended an Imbizo in Delft, Cape Town, on 13 May 2022. The Imbizo was hosted as a build-up to the Budget Vote Speech by Minister Ronald Lamola.
Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola, together with Director- General, Advocate Doc Mashabane took the ‘Year of Community’ to the people by visiting the Church On The Hill in Polokwane, Limpopo on 15 May 2022.
Minister Ronald Lamola hosted a community Imbizo at Silobela Stadium, Carolina, Mpumalanga on 05 May 2022.
On 25 and 26 April 2022, Director-General Doc Mashabane made his way to Mpumalanga for court visits. On the 25 April 2022, the DG travelled to Tonga Magistrate’s Court to assess service delivery.
On the same day (on 25 April) , DG made his way to Boschfontein Magistrate’s Court and ended the day at White River Magistrate’s Court.
The DG ended his tour at the Vosman Branch Court, a few kilometres from eMalahleni, where he met staff and management, also signed and handed over commemorative copies of the Constitution.
Later, the DG went to eMalahleni Magistrate’s Court where he engaged with staff and the judiciary.
Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane delivered a speech during the Gender-Based Violence dialogue hosted by the Black Management Forum (BMF) at Thohoyandou on 23 April 2022.
DG Mashabane visited Umlazi Magistrate’s Court and handed over commemorative copies of the Constitution to officials on 20 April 2022.
DG Mashabane visited the KZN Regional Office and handed out commemorative copies of the Constitution to officials.
DG Mashabane also visited Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court with the contractor, assessing the damage caused by recent floods in Annex Building on 19 April 2022.
DG Mashabane visited Pinetown Magistrate’s Court to assess the damage caused by floods on 19 April 2022.
DG Mashabane assessing the damage caused by floods at Verulam Magistrate’s Court, he also signed and handed over commemorative copies of the Constitution to court officials on 20 April 2022.
DG Mashabane also visited the Master of the High Court in Durban, assessing the service delivery and handing over commemorative copies of the Constitution to officials.
On 7 April 2022, the Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane paid a visit to the Free State Regional Office.
On 6 April 2022, Director General, Advocate Doc Mashabane visited three courts in the Free State. The visit formed part of celebrating 25 years Anniversary of the Constitution as this year was declared as “Year of the Community”.
Director-General Advocate Doc Mashabane visited Kimberley Regional Office on 5 April 2022 to inform staff about the “Year of the Community” and also appreciate them for the work they do to help the community.
Galeshewe Magistrate’s Court was visited by the Director-General to appreciate staff for the work they do to help the community despite the challenges that they experience in the court. The visit took place on 5 April 2022.
Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane paid a visit to the Bloemfontein and Batho Magistrate Courts in the Free State on 7 April 2022 respectively. The visits were part of celebrating 25 years Anniversary of the Constitution.
Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola, received four reports on Sexual Offences (Pornography and Children), Practice of Ukuthwala, Legal Fees and Harmonisation of Existing Laws Providing for Prescription of Periods. The Minister, accompanied by his deputy, Mr John Jeffery, received the reports from the South African Law Reform Commission on Tuesday, 29 March 2022.
The Deputy Minister Mr John Jeffery delivered a keynote address during the Paralegal learnership graduations held Double Tree Hilton Hotel at Salt River, Cape Town on the 1st April 2022.
Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane, introduced the Department’s new Chief Financial Officer, Ms Rofhiwa Irene Singo, at the National Office on 1 April 2022.
Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane engaging with community members about Justice Services at Mungena High School in Hluvukani Village, Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, on 29 March 2022.
The DG held an Admin Officers and Clerks retreat at the Diep in die Berg in Pretoria East on 31 March 2022.
Court Services Deputy Director General, Mr Zephaniah Malema closed off Human Rights Month by participating in a march against Human Rights violations at White River in Mpumalanga on 31 March 2022.
Mpumalanga Acting Regional Head, Mr Masibulele Mfuzana (left) delivering an opening address for the Service Fair at Hluvukani Village in Bushbuckridge; Mpumalanga on 30 March 2022.
Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola recently condemned fraud and corruption by some of the legal practitioners in the industry. This was during the Annual General Meeting of the Law Society of South Africa (LASA) at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg on the 23 March 2022.
Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane attended National Interpreter’s Conference at the Ranch Resort in Polokwane, Limpopo from 26 to 27 March 2022.
Being a former student from the University of Venda (UNIVEN), Solicitor-General, Mr Fhedzisani Pandelani took his time to honour an invitation from the institution and used the opportunity to share his experience with students about Human Rights. The event was held at UNIVEN campus in Thohoyandou, Limpopo on 17 March 2022.
In an effort to strengthen
ties on various areas of
Relations officials recently
met with the United
States of America (USA) delegation to discuss issues relating to extradition and mutual legal assistance treaties. The two-day meeting took
place at the Department’s Momentum Building on 23 to 24 March 2022.
Justice Minister Ronald Lamola delivered a keynote address at the Mpumalanga Provincial Constitutional Rights Conference on 17 March 2022.
Minister Lamola attended a farewell function of Advocate JB Skosana at River Meadow Manor in Centurion on 26 February 2022.
Deputy Minister John Jeffery visited three Magistrates Courts as part of his oversight visit in the Eastern Cape on 17 March 2022.
Deputy Minister M John Jeffery attended a Gender-Based Violence Imbizo organised by the Department of Sports in Lusikisiki on 18 March 2022.
Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane launched the Men’s Forum at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape on 11 March 2022.
Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane visited four courts in the Western Cape region as part of an invitation by the Western Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe.
Director-General, Advocate Doc Mashabane graced the celebration of International Women’s Day seminar, hosted by the Department in collaboration with the South African Women Lawyers Association at River Meadow Manor in Irene, Centurion on 8 March 2022.
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