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  • The Detention Justice Forum responds to findings of solitary confinement in SA prisons
    The Detention Justice Forum (DJF) released a statement in response to the findin ... The Detention Justice Forum (DJF) released a statement in response to the findings of the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Service on solitary confinement in South African prisons.
    Jan 19, 2022
  • Op-ed: Inadequate and violent policing in KwaZulu-Natal: What's behind it?
    KwaZulu-Natal has long suffered from inadequate, corrupt and violent policing. R ... KwaZulu-Natal has long suffered from inadequate, corrupt and violent policing. Recent events have simply made it more obvious. The problem of policing in the province dates from before the transition to democracy. Policing is a national function - in South Africa is in crisis and in KwaZulu-Natal the crisis is magnified, writes Jean Redpath.
    Jul 26, 2021
  • Op-ed: COVID-19: Prisons, overcrowding and preventing transmission
    Jul 07, 2021
  • Op-ed: Law enforcement and DUI — how to curb South Africa’s road crash epidemic
    The severity of the punishment, if caught, is not a deterrent to committing crim ... The severity of the punishment, if caught, is not a deterrent to committing crime. If consumers of alcohol can be fairly certain that if they get behind the steering wheel of a vehicle that they will be stopped and tested, they will be less likely to do so and make alternative arrangements or postpone their travel.
    Jul 07, 2021
  • Op-ed: The 81% matric pass rate of prisoners is nothing to crow about as the number of convicts writing the exam is frightful
    The number of prisoners writing matric is so frightfully small that we are left ... The number of prisoners writing matric is so frightfully small that we are left pondering how this is even possible 27 years into democracy. The fewer than 200 prisoners writing matric annually pales in comparison with the 111,000 sentenced prisoners in South Africa – less than half a percent.
    Jul 07, 2021
  • ACJR Publications
  • Submission on Proposed Regulations in terms of the National Health Act
    This submission is in relation to draft regulations published in Gazette 46048 o ... This submission is in relation to draft regulations published in Gazette 46048 of 15 March 2022
    May 05, 2022
  • Statement under Agenda Item 3: Human Rights Situation in Africa | 71st Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
    ACJR statement to the African Commission under the item Human Rights Situation i ... ACJR statement to the African Commission under the item Human Rights Situation in Africa addresses the concerns around African States' handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that law enforcement officials implicated in rights violations against citizens in the context of COVID-19 have not been held accountable for their actions.
    Apr 26, 2022
  • Presentation: Accountability and Transparency of the NPA | by Jean Redpath
    Transparency, Accountability, Independence Independence is an essential feat ... Transparency, Accountability, Independence Independence is an essential feature of the proper exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Independence requires that justice be dispensed without ‘fear, favour or prejudice.’ Independence cannot exist alone: it must co-exist with accountability. Transparency is required to ensure accountability: if no-one is seen to be held accountable for the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, how can the public ever have any assurance that decisions are not tainted or improper?
    Mar 18, 2022
  • NPA Issue Paper 5: Accountability of the NPA | by Jean Redpath
    Public accountability is crucial to demonstrating and achieving independence. Ac ... Public accountability is crucial to demonstrating and achieving independence. Accountability through public transparency can achieve the level of prosecutorial independence and accountability required to ensure that the public has confidence in the decisions being made, thus ensuring the trust of public. Various kinds of accountability apply to the NPA: internal accountability, accountability to Parliament, and public accountability. This Issue Paper argues that heightened public accountability, through clarity and transparency of policies and processes, are required to ensure an objective, independent, Constitutional prosecution service, which enjoys public trust.
    Mar 18, 2022
  • NPA Issue Paper 4: Transparency in high-profile corruption matters | by Jean Redpath
    The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) tends to follow a highly secretive and ... The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) tends to follow a highly secretive and confidential approach to all prosecutions, including those in relation to high-profile corruption. The problem with this approach is that it fails to take into account the reasons for confidentiality and secrecy, and whether or not those reasons still pertain in high-profile corruption cases. The approach also fails to appreciate the risks posed by an unnecessarily secretive approach in these kinds of matters. This Issue Paper will consider the special case of high profile corruption and comment on the nature and extent of transparency necessary in such cases.
    Mar 18, 2022
  • ISSUE PAPERS: Key issues in the NPA - Are we understanding the problem correctly?
    In a series of five Issue Papers, Lukas Muntingh and Jean Redpath take a few ste ... In a series of five Issue Papers, Lukas Muntingh and Jean Redpath take a few steps back and ask whether we are indeed problematising the correct issues and, if so, are we problematising the issue in a manner that will restore trust and thus legitimacy in the NPA. From this position we can also examine our current and future expectations of the NPA.
    Mar 18, 2022
  • Events
  • Webinar: The prosecution of corruption in municipalities with Advocate Barry Madolo (NPA) [14 June 2022]
    The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) must prosecute corruption at all levels ... The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) must prosecute corruption at all levels of government. While much of the focus has been on the capture of national government and national state-owned enterprises (SOE's), there has also been widespread corruption in municipalities.
    Jun 01, 2022
  • Webinar Series: Key issues in the NPA - Are we understanding the problem correctly?
    In a series of five Issue Papers, Lukas Muntingh and Jean Redpath take a few ste ... In a series of five Issue Papers, Lukas Muntingh and Jean Redpath take a few steps back and ask whether we are indeed problematising the correct issues and, if so, are we problematising the issue in a manner that will restore trust and thus legitimacy in the NPA. From this position we can also examine our current and future expectations of the NPA.
    Mar 11, 2022
  • Webinar on Local Government and Crime in light of the 2021 Local Government Elections [27 October 2021]
    The Multilevel Government, Law and Development and Africa Criminal Justice Refor ... The Multilevel Government, Law and Development and Africa Criminal Justice Reform in collaboration with Hanns Seidel Foundation invites you to a webinar on Local Government and Crime in light of the 2021 Local Government Elections.
    Oct 12, 2021
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