21 November 2022 - NW3214
Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services
In view of the criminal justice reforms in the National Development Plan (NDP) and other reviews spanning the past 15 years that have not been implemented, what are the reasons that a member of the Executive has not yet been appointed to co-ordinate and manage implementation of the Seven-Point Plan in the 2007 Criminal Justice Review that was adopted by the Cabinet and reiterated in the NDP?
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is currently accountable for the overall delivery of the IJS Programme, and accounts for the entire IJS budget. The newly revised IJS governance arrangements seek to clarify and strengthen the roles of the Director-General (DG) as the accounting officer of the programme, and that of the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services as the executive authority of the program.
The IJS Board has been reconfigured into an IJS Implementation Committee which is accountable to the CJS Directors-General. The formation of the IJS Board of DGs has offered an opportunity for the JCPS Directors-General to provide oversight and strategic leadership over this important transformation project as JCPS management collective. The formation of the IJS Ministerial Committee (IJSMC) provides political oversight and direction of the whole IJS Programme. The Committee comprises of the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services as the Convenor, Minister of Police, Minister of Social Development and Minister of Home Affairs.