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13 August 2020 - NW1407

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Brink, Mr C to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, with reference to section 3 of the Disaster Management Act, Act 57 of 2002, which provides that certain powers under the specified Act will be exercised by a Minister designated by the President, he designated any Minister in terms of section 3; if so, (a) on what date was the decision made, (b) what is the name of each Minister he designated and (c) for what purpose did he designate the Minister(s) in each case; (2) whether the designation was formally promulgated in the Government Gazette and/or any other formal manner; if not, why not; if so, will he furnish Mr C Brink with a copy of the promulgation or proclamation?

Reply:

The Cabinet member responsible for administering the Disaster Management Act was designated by President Thabo Mbeki on 25 March 2004 as the Minister for Provincial and Local Government.

The administration of the Act was transferred to the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs by President Jacob Zuma on 22 June 2009.

The respective proclamations are attached.

13 August 2020 - NW1418

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, with reference to the posting of a picture of the late President of Zimbabwe, Mr Robert Mugabe, on the official Twitter account of The Presidency on Africa Day on 25 May 2020 and a quote attributed to him reading Africa is for Africans under the banner headline that reads The Africa We Want, he (a) associates himself with the controversial Presidency of Mr Robert Mugabe and (b) agrees with the position of the statement of the late Mr Mugabe as it was quoted in the official tweet; if not, what did he mean by offering his tacit endorsement of the slogan; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

On the occasion of Africa Day 2020, the Presidency Twitter account posted several banners from the African Union (AU) paying tribute to African leaders who had been instrumental in the struggle for independence and continental unity.

In addition to the late President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, the Presidency joined the African Union in paying tribute to Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Ahmed Sekou Touré of Guinea, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Oliver Reginald Tambo of South Africa.

All of these leaders are deserving of recognition for their roles as leaders of national liberation and as champions of African independence, unity and development.

The slogan ‘Africa for Africans’ is rooted in the history of our continent. For centuries, the land, resources and even the people of Africa were exploited for the benefit of others. There was the transatlantic slave trade, where as many as 12 millions Africans were enslaved to enrich Europe and the Americas. There was the colonisation of the continent, in which the wealth of Africa was expropriated for the benefit of European colonial powers. In the latter part of the 20th century, Africa became a site of contestation between global powers during the Cold War.

‘Africa is for Africans’ is therefore an expression of the collective aspirations of the AU Agenda 2063, which is a call for African unity, self-determination, freedom, progress and collective prosperity. It is an expression of the call by Agenda 2063 for self-determination and for African progress that is ‘driven by its own citizens’.

Just as the South African Constitution declares that ‘South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity’, so it follows that Africa belongs to all who live in it, and it is they who should determine its destiny and benefit from its wealth.

If Africa is not for Africans, then who is it for?

13 August 2020 - NW1479

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Tito, Ms LF to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) number of court orders have been granted against his department in relation to (i) visa and (ii) permanent resident applications, (b) number of these court orders has his department not implemented and (c) are the reasons that the specified court orders have not been implemented?

Reply:

a) 

(i) Visas and (ii) permanent resident applications

Year

Visas

Permanent resident applications

2018

12

53

2019

6

257

2020

61

460

Total

79

770

 

b) 

Year

Visas

Permanent resident applications

2018

None

None

2019

None

23 of 257 (pending at various stages of adjudication)

2020

18 of 59 (pending at various stages of adjudication)

192 of 460 (pending at various stages of adjudication)

Total

18

192

c) 

The spousal and refugee categories of permanent residence applications require investigation on the existence of spousal relationships and the verification of the certification by the Standing committee, which takes some time to finalise. However, the adjudication team has resumed work during June 2020, and is adjudicating all outstanding applications whilst application offices of application (VFS Global) is still closed for new applications, save for collection of outcomes, under the Alert Level 3 of the national state of disaster. It is envisaged that by the end of August, all applications would have been finalised

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13 August 2020 - NW1481

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What number of operations was his department involved in along the international borders of the Republic in the last quarter of the 2019-20 financial year and the first quarter of the 2020-21 financial year to combat (a) stock theft, (b) the smuggling of (i) drugs and (ii) cigarettes and (c) irregular immigration?

Reply:

Combating stock theft, drugs and cigarettes smuggling does not fall under the mandate of Home Affairs. Immigration operations to combat irregular migration are carried out nationally and this includes areas near the border environment. In the last Quarter of 2019-20 financial year, 55 operations / inspections were initiated by the department and a total number of 73 illegal foreigners were arrested. In addition to that, a number of 9 528 illegal foreigners were arrested in operations initiated jointly with other law enforcement stakeholders. The first quarter of the 2020-21 financial year fall within the period of lockdown. Operations were conducted in support of other law enforcement and a total number of 3 482 Illegal foreigners were arrested.

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13 August 2020 - NW1419

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to the reply of his Parliamentary Counsellor, Dr G W Koornhof, on 31 May 2020 to a letter addressed to him from Mr G G Hill-Lewis, which stated that the contents of the letter had been noted, what is his position on (a)(i) including certain clear performance expectations relating to the speed and quality of replies to parliamentary questions and (ii) the regular attendance at Oral Question Sessions, as targets in the performance agreements concluded with each member of his Cabinet, (b) reprimanding the 15 members of his Cabinet with the highest percentage of unanswered questions on a quarterly basis and (c) delegating additional responsibilities to the Leader of Government Business to empower him to enforce Rule 145(5) of the National Assembly to ensure that questions are responded to within the 10 working days provided for by the specified Rule, instead of just delivering a report to Cabinet on the number of unanswered questions; (2) whether he has or will institute disciplinary steps against the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr N C Dlamini-Zuma, as his appointee in terms of section 91(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, for failing in her responsibility to account to Parliament for the exercise of her powers and the performance of her functions by not responding meaningfully and fully to any parliamentary questions; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The practice of Parliamentary Questions to the Executive for written or oral reply is an important part of the exercise of accountability and transparency.

As my Parliamentary Counsellor, Dr Gerhard Koornhof indicated in his correspondence to the Honourable Member of 31 May 2020:

“Section 92(2) of the Constitution is clear that the Members of the Cabinet are accountable collectively and individually to Parliament for the exercise of their powers and the performance of their functions.

“Similarly, Chapter 10 of the National Assembly Rules are clear on questions, including questions to Ministers, the monitoring of replies to questions, unanswered questions for oral reply, questions for oral reply standing over and questions for written reply.”

It is my understanding that Chapter 10 of the NA Rules is intended to ensure the effective functioning of this practice and to ensure that any problems are addressed between the Speaker and the Leader of Government Business.

I would therefore suggest that any matters relating to the reply to Parliamentary Questions be attended to in the manner prescribed in the Rules.

In addition, I have requested that these issues be raised for discussion in the next report to Cabinet by the Leader of Government Business.

13 August 2020 - NW1478

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Why (i) does he encourage women to break the silence on the scourge of gender based violence (GBV), but fails to protect them against arrest and criminalisation when they speak out against the abuse and violence they experience like has happened to Lerato Moloi, the South African model and television presenter, whose alleged perpetrator filed charges against her instead and (ii) are the victims, who have defied the silencing grip of sexual and GBV, charged before a court with greater speed and efficiency than is the case of a perpetrator of such violence; 2) what (i) recourse do victims of GBV have when the judicial system leaves them exposed to secondary abuse so that speaking out becomes a far more frightening option and (ii) are the reasons that he therefore encourages women to speak out against the violence they have experienced when the judicial system fails to protect them against secondary abuse?

Reply:

1. (i) Reducing the secondary victimization or trauma of Gender-Based Violence

(GBV) survivors is a key pillar of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, as well as the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)’s interventions to combat GBV. To reduce secondary victimization in court processes, the NPA has specifically included a module on social context sensitivity awareness in their training curricula dealing with GBV and Femicide related matters.

Victims of GBV must always be encouraged to speak out and report these offences, as this is the only way in which Criminal Justice System (CJS) can deal with the matter and ensure that justice is done. It requires laying a charge with the South African Police Service (SAPS), followed by prosecutor-guided investigations and related court processes. Victims of domestic violence and harassment can also apply for protection orders at their nearest court.

No two (2) GBV cases are ever exactly the same and therefore each case is handled on its merits, circumstances and complexities.

Another key pillar of our interventions is the provision of support services to victims. Dedicated Sexual Offences Courts make use of a number of interventions to reduce secondary trauma for victims, such as preparation services, pre-and post-trial trauma debriefing services, intermediary services, private testifying room/closed court services (via a closed-circuit TV system) and private waiting rooms for adult and child victims.

For victims of sexual offences, the Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCCs) have specifically been established as a mechanism to minimize secondary victimization, as the objective of the TCC model is to provide all related services (medical, psycho-social, statement taking, follow-up services) at a 24-hour One Stop Centre. There are currently 55 TCC-sites nationally, with six (6) additional sites in the process of being added to the list.

(ii) Each GBV matter and sexual offences matter is dealt with on its own merits.

They do generally take longer as they are often more complex in nature. As soon as the SAPS present a docket to the NPA, the prosecution arm is set in motion. Should the evidence contained in a docket prove a prima facie case against the alleged accused, such person will be prosecuted, either by putting a charge to the accused or by diverting the matter away from the court process, depending on the merits and the severity of the charge. In addition, it is worth noting that prosecutors, specifically in dealing with serious/contentious offences (as is the case with all GBVF matters), are required to have detailed consultations with witnesses to follow the court preparation program before they are to testify in court. These steps are vital for a successful prosecution, but they do, unfortunately, take time.

2. (i) The provision of support services and court preparation ensure well prepared

witnesses for court, which also minimizes the impact of secondary victimization. Effective preparation is more crucial when dealing with child witnesses and severely traumatized witnesses. The NPA has therefore appointed Court Preparation Officers who, inter alia, inform witnesses of the court environment, legal processes and terms. Their fears and concerns are addressed, and court preparation aims to reduce secondary victimization. In court, the victim has to once again relay their version of the events, and then they are also exposed to cross examination by the defense and questions from the bench. Service providers, and those within the NPA environment, prosecutors and TCC staff, are specifically trained and encouraged to minimize secondary victimisation, i.e. to minimize consultations, appoint one specific prosecutor to deal with a victim (which helps with rapport building, especially with younger victims), keep the victim updated as to the status of the case and to ensure that court preparation is provided, and that the necessary counselling has been offered.

Prosecutors also have a duty to inform victims of the various protective measures provided for in the Criminal Procedure Act of 1977, i.e. section 153, which provides a court to sit in camera, section 154, which prevents the personal details of the victim to be made public, section 158, which allows for adult persons to testify through as CCTV camera and section 170A, which allows, by application, for the use of an intermediary for persons under the biological or mental age of 18.

3. (ii) Victims of GBV are always encouraged to speak out as it the only way that we

can put a stop to GBV and to ensure that victims access support services. A lot is being done to prevent secondary victimisation in the broader criminal justice system. One of the principles that guides the implementation of the National Strategic Plan on GBV and Femicide’s programmes are a human rights-based, victim-centred, survivor-focused approach to the provision of services that reaches all, regardless of financial means. A victim-centred approach is the systematic focus on the needs and concerns of a victim to ensure the compassionate and sensitive delivery of services in a non-judgmental manner. It seeks to minimize traumatisation associated with criminal justice processes by providing support of victim advocates and service providers, empowering survivors as engaged participants in the process, and providing survivors an opportunity to play a role in seeing their offenders brought to justice.

There are also structures which aim to further assist and support specific vulnerable groups, such as victims of trafficking in persons and members of the LGBTI community when they are victims of GBV.

New legislation is also underway to further strengthen the rights and protection of victims of GBV. The Domestic Violence Amendment Bill is one of a package of three legislative interventions which are intended to contribute to the fight against the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide. The two other Bills seek to amend the statutory provisions in the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 and the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1997, dealing with bail and sentencing, as well as the National Register for Sex Offenders. Appropriate legislation to reduce and prevent GBV is of critical importance. It is envisaged that these Bills will be introduced into Parliament shortly and will go a long way in further combating and preventing all forms of GBV.

In addition to the legislation being prepared by my Department, the Department of Social Development is also working on a Victim Support Services Bill. The Bill was gazetted on 17 July 2020 and recognizes that victims experience secondary victimisation and therefore creates a prohibition against such. It provides that secondary victimisation needs to be prevented at all times through service provision and stipulates the various services to be provided to victims.

13 August 2020 - NW1490

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Khanyile, Ms AT to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)By what date does he envisage that his department will be open for more services, such as letters for retention of SA Citizenship and passport applications and/or renewals; (2) by what date does he envisage that his department will be open for applications for new identity documents, as many South Africans are unable to apply for the social relief of distress grant announced by the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa; (3) what steps will his department take to deal with the new backlog caused by the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, whilst noting that the opening up of the specified services will enable his department to deal with the new and remaining backlog and long queues which have remained a challenge for the longest time within various Home Affairs offices?

Reply:

(1) As to whether the Department opens for more services or not and by what date will be determined by lockdown regulations and this decision will be taken by the National Coronavirus Command Council structure when it is ready to do so.

(2) On 3rd of July 2020,I signed into amended regulations, the provision for applications for identity cards or documents for learners. These are essentially new identity document applications (1st issues) that are being catered for. However, since Alert level 5 of lockdown regulations, eligible South African Citizens were allowed to apply for Temporary Identity Card (TIC) which is a valid and authentic enabling document. Therefore, a person who is issued with TIC can also use it to access Social Services including Social Relief grant. Up to so far nobody needing new ID for purposes of accessing social grants was presented to us. If you have any list of such people, please present same to us.

(3) The Department has opened its offices and Services to receive and process applications while observing Covid-19 regulations by allowing one third (1/3) of the Staff compliment at their respective offices at a time. The Department has prioritised and staggered its services which should be applied for and processed. As the country progress from one alert level to the other, the Department will also gradually add other services to enable its offices to cope with the demand whilst complying with Covid 19 regulations.

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13 August 2020 - NW1246

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) What are the reasons for the overspending on immigration and deportation-related issues in the 2019-20 financial year; (2) what are the costs incurred by his department on the deportation of immigrants in the specified financial year; (3) whether any monies have been recouped from the countries of the deported immigrants; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what are the relevant details of monies (a) paid by his department and (b) received on deportation from each country of deported immigrants for the past 12 months?

Reply:

(1) The increased number of arrests of illegal immigrants would have resulted in releases if the deportations were not implemented;

(2) The deportations costs incurred by the department was R23,329,354.82 in 2019/20 financial year;

(3) The country’s policy position of recouping the costs incurred in returning illegal immigrants to their countries of origin is the subject of ongoing bilateral discussions led by the DHA and DIRCO. All countries have to date indicated a lack of funds in relation to this. In SADC and South America, Consular services in foreign missions such as Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Brazil and Venezuela are actively involved in assisting the deportees to source funds for self-payment from their relations. The assistance also extends to the purchase of bus and flight tickets by the Consular Officers;

(4) what are the relevant details of monies (a) paid by his department and (b) received on deportation from each country of deported immigrants for the past 12 months?

(a) Deportation expenditure amounted to R23,329,354.82.

(b) Self-deportation costs by foreign nationals were R5,634,165.20.

 

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13 August 2020 - NW1192

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether his department has investigated the allegations attributed to a certain person by a certain publication (details furnished) that Zimbabweans who were repatriated to Zimbabwe through Beitbridge border on the weekend of 16 and 17 May 2020 were declared undesirable persons, contrary to the Home Affairs statement of 14 April 2020 that holders of visas which expired from mid-February 2020 and who did not renew their visas before the lockdown will not be declared illegal or prohibited persons; if not, why not; if so, what (a) remedial action has his department taken in this regard and (b) number of Zimbabweans have been declared undesirable at all South African border posts due to visas that expired during the national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19?

Reply:

There were people that were declared undesirable during this period. The system automatically declares an over stayer undesirable and in this instance, the manager was supposed to override the system and ensure that nobody is declared undesirable. This was an oversight which was corrected and those that were identified by the department as affected by this, have been cleared. There are others that may have been unnoticed during this exercise. They are in contact with the department and are being assisted on a case-by-case basis to remove their undesirability status on the movement control system.

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13 August 2020 - NW1482

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With regard to the roll-out of mobile units to issue Matric learners with identity documents, (a) what total number of mobile units were deployed to high schools throughout the month of June 2020 to receive applications for identity documents for Matric learners, (b) does his department intend for the specified mobile units to visit all of the approximately 6 000 high schools across the Republic before the end of the current school year and (c) what plans are being discussed with the Department of Basic Education for learners who will (i) not have identity documents by the end of the current school year due to the lockdown ban on identity document applications and (ii) be unable to receive their results and Matric certificates?

Reply:

a) The total number of mobile units deployed to high schools during June 2020 were 38.

b) The intention is to assist all identified high school learners who are without identity documents who have been through the partnership with the Department of Education.

c) (i)(ii) On 16th June 2020, the Department through the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs launched a national school project in Mpumalanga, to prioritise matriculants for 1st Issue applications by making use of Mobile Units. The arrangement between Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Education is that provincial Departments of Basic Education provide the Home Affairs provincial offices with lists of learners that do not have identity documents as well as schools where such learners can be found. The provincial Home Affairs offices, in collaboration with the identified schools, use the lists to draft schedules for when such learners can be assisted. Furthermore, from 3rd of July 2020, the application for identity document service was opened and is available for learners at all the DHA local offices. This was done as a multipronged approach to ensure all learners in need of an identity document can access this service unhindered.

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13 August 2020 - NW1483

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Roos, Mr AC to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With regard to the implementation of the e-visa system, (a) what is the status of and deadline for establishing the central adjudication hub, (b) what is the status of the development of the e-visa software system and deadline for its completion and (c) with a 10% decline in visa applications from China, India and Nigeria between 2018 and 2019 being attributed to longer turnaround times at missions, what actions are being taken by his department to strengthen the capacity of the specified missions that comprise 59% of all visa applications?

Reply:

a) The Department established a Central Adjudication Hub at Head Office in November 2019 when it commenced with the testing of eVisa which took place in Kenya. Adjudication of eVisa applications from abroad was successfully tested at this Central Adjudication Hub.

b) The eVisa System development has been completed.

c) On 10 July 2019, during the Department’s Budget Vote, we committed to increase the number of Officials who are processing visas in our large tourist hubs in China, India and Nigeria. We have since deployed 12 Officials (4 in each country) on a temporary basis to process the large number of tourist applications we receive from these countries. We have also presented a Business Case to National Treasury for permanent appointment in our critical Missions.

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13 August 2020 - NW1464

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to his reply to question 1505 on 2 December 2019 and the reply to the question put by Mr L Govender from the KwaZulu-Natal department of Public Works (details furnished), what is the position regarding (a) the relocation of the specified office in Umlazi and (b) modernising the office in Chatsworth?

Reply:

(a) The mandate of sourcing office accommodation for departments lies with the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI).

Umlazi - Currently the office has a small office at the Magistrate’s Court in Umlazi rendering the following services: Birth and Death registration, Amendments, Rectifications and Green Barcoded IDs; the Department is however looking at relocating the current Prospecton Medium Office to Umlazi and modernise the office.  The Department is currently in negotiations with the Department of Public works and the Ethekwini Metro Municipality to obtain suitable premises. A possible Public Works premises has been identified but it needs substantial renovations.  We aim to have the new office in Umlazi fully functional and operational by the end of the 2021/22 financial year.  The reason for these extended projections is that the building identified need extensive renovations and there is a dependency on Public Works to finalise and move forward with the project.

(b) Chatsworth - The Department currently have a Medium office situated in the Chatsworth area operating from the SASSA building in the centre of Chatsworth. We are already operational in this area with the following services: Birth, Marriages and Death registration, Amendments, Rectifications, and Green Barcoded IDs. The DPWI has provided a report to the department detailing the renovation costs and these were too high to warrant the department of Home Affairs to continue with the renovations. The Department of Home Affairs has thus requested DPWI to source suitable alternative accommodation so that the Chatsworth office can be relocated and modernised. The time frame for modernisation will depend on DPWI sourcing the alternative accommodation.

One must take note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic the department has reprioritised funding to help manage this pandemic within the operations and this is likely to have an impact on the above plan.

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13 August 2020 - NW1247

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the President of the Republic

With reference to his reply to question 419 on 5 June 2020, and notwithstanding the provisions relating to international travel in the Guide for Members of the Executive which makes provision for a spouse or adult family member to accompany the Minister or Deputy Minister along with essential departmental staff and/or advisors, and no more than two support staff, on what grounds did he make his finding that Deputy Minister H I Bagopane-Zulu did not violate any standard procedures or regulations by taking her niece’s would-be fiancé on three different international trips to assist them in saving enough subsistence and travel allowance from the Department of Social Development’s travel allowance, in order to be able to pay lobola; (2) whether it is his position that Ministers and Deputy Ministers are allowed to take any person they would deem essential, regardless of whether the person has any relevance to assisting with official tasks on the specified trip, or regardless of whether the Minister or Deputy Minister feels that they have not done anything unlawful as long as the standard procedures and regulations pertaining to international travel are properly followed; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

As I indicated in my reply to Question 419, I have not been provided with any grounds for the allegation that a certain person was taken on international trips without following standard procedure and regulations.

And as I said in my reply, if the Honourable Member or any other person has evidence of a violation of the relevant prescripts, they are requested to make such information available.

13 August 2020 - NW1507

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to complaints of breaches of the provisions and/or regulations of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA), Act 56 of 2003, (MFMA) received by the National Treasury via the email address mfma@treasury.gov.za and other portals and/or means since 1 July 2016, what (a) total number of (i) complaints were received and (ii) (b) the received complaints were investigated and found to be justified and/or warranted, (b) three categories of complaints that were found to be justified and/or warranted were most common and (c) are the top 20 municipalities which were found to have most often breached the MFMA provisions and/or regulations?`

Reply:

(a) (i) Whilst some complaints have been received through the MFMA helpdesk with the email address MFMA@treasury.gov.za, the aim of this helpdesk is to receive queries and requests for comments regarding the implementation of the MFMA. Since July 2016, six reports of non-compliance with the MFMA were received.

(ii) Of the complaints received, the relevant Provincial Treasury was engaged on the very same matter and the relevant municipality has been engaged accordingly. The National Treasury is currently engaging one municipality to establish the facts of the matter. The remaining four complaints have been referred to the relevant stakeholders to take forward.

(b) The compliants received deal with an array of issues however there are no commonalities.

(c) The National Treasury does not maintain a ranking list for non-compliance. It is important for the Honourable Member to note that in terms of Chapter 15 of the MFMA read together with the Municipal Regulations on Financial Misconduct Procedures and Criminal Proceedings, it is the responsibility of the municipality to investigate acts of non-compliance by municipal officials and councilors and institute disciplinary actions accordingly. Each municipality must develop reporting procedures through which complaints and allegations must be reported.

12 August 2020 - NW264

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Social Development

What number of children was taken away from their parents (a) without a court order and (b) with a court order in the (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18 and (iii) 2018-19 financial years?

Reply:

According to the Children’s Act 38 of 2005; Section 151 and 152, as well as Regulation 53 (1)(a)(b) gives the authority to the designated social worker or a police official to make a decision that is in the best interest of a child to effect removal of a child and places such a child in temporary safe care for the safety and well-being of the child. Such removal can either be by means of:

  • A court order (Section 151) where there is evidence given by a designated Social Worker that a child is in need of care and protection. Upon presentation of such evidence before the presiding officer; the presiding officer issues an order authoring a designated Social Worker to remove a child toa temporary safe care while the matter is being investigated.
  • Without a court order, which is an emergency removal situation through Section 152 and completion of Form 36 as prescribed in Regulation 53. Emergency removal is done in instances where there are reasonable grounds that the child is in need of care and protection and delays obtaining a court order for the removal and placing the child in temporary safe care may jeopardise the child’s safety and well-being.

The completed Form 36 must be submitted to the temporary safe care person or CYCC as soon as it is practical. The clerk of the children’s court must be informed about such a removal not later than the next court day.

Province

Year

Number of children taken away from their parents

Mpumalanga

 

Without a court order

With a court order

 

2016/2017

27

68

 

2017/2018

21

95

 

2018/2019

46

88

Free State

Year

Without a court order

With a court order

 

2016/17

402

24

 

2017/18

432

48

 

2018/19

296

70

Limpopo

Year

Without a court order

With a court order

 

2016/17

0

245

 

2017/18

0

243

 

2018/19

0

258

North West

Year

Without a court order

With a court order

 

2016/17

0

46

 

2017/18

0

51

 

2018/19

0

66

Gauteng

Year

Without a court order

With a court order

 

2016/17

25

836

 

2017/18

16

788

 

2018/19

26

953

Western Cape

Year

Without a court order

With a court order

 

2016/17

New indicator

1 883

 

2017/18

4 694

1 793

 

2018/19

8 266

1 949

Eastern Cape

Year

Without a court order

With a court order

 

2016/17

0

849

 

2017/18

0

653

 

2018/19

37

517

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Year

Without a court order

With a court order

 

2016/17

112

462

 

2017/18

121

658

 

2018/19

97

681

Total (eight provinces)

 

14,619

13,324

Northern Cape:

It is impossible to provide disaggregated data on the removal of children with or without court orders in the Northern Cape. It can be confirmed that the following number of children were removed in accordance with Section 151 and 152 of the Children’s Act, 38 of 2005.

Northern Cape

Year

Number of children removed with and without court orders

 

2016/17

134

 

2017/18

176

 

2018/19

93

Total

 

403

12 August 2020 - NW820

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department’s requirement of a bank account for the R350 SA Social Security Agency social relief of distress grants will disqualify an unemployed person who does not have a bank account from qualifying for such relief; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what will happen to the claims of unemployed persons who do not have a bank account?

Reply:

Having a bank account is not a requirement for an application for the special relief grant. Where an applicant does have a bank account, the benefit, if approved, will be paid directly into his / her bank account.

However, where the applicant does not have a bank account, he /she will receive a money transfer through one of the banks which are supporting SASSA with the implementation of this grant. The applicant will indicate which the most convenient bank is for him / her and the money transfer will be sent to his/her mobile phone, once the necessary checks have been done to ensure that it is indeed a mobile phone belonging to that applicant. The money transfer may then be cashed at the ATM and the funds used as required.

12 August 2020 - NW1607

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether the Government is considering introducing legislation aimed at creating a single Public Service to extend the national Government’s control over the Public Service in the municipal sphere; if not, why not; if so, (a) on what date will the draft legislation be introduced in Parliament and (b) what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

Around 2002 the vision for a Single Public Service was conceived and since then work has been done towards the realisation thereof. The objective of this Single Public Service (now referred to as the Single Public Administration) was underpinned by the need to improve service delivery through harmonisation of norms and standards to align human resource, Governance, Information Communication Technology and related arrangements in all three spheres of government i.e national, provincial and local government, taking into account the constitutional imperatives. To this extent the Public Administration Management Act, 2014 was enacted which, to a limited extent, addressed some of the objectives of the Single Public Administration such as-

A) The mobility of staff between the spheres of government- sections 5 and 6 of the Public Administration Management Act make transfers and secondments across spheres of government possible;

b) The provision of service centres to provide services of the 3 spheres of government at one place is provide for in section 18 of the Public Administration Management Act;

c) The creation of a common ethos and culture of public service- principles of section 195 of the Constitution is recognised in section 4 of the Public Administration Management Act;

d) The provision for an anti-corruption strategy and standards of conduct- provided for in section 15 of the Public Administration Management Act;

e) Ensuring the creation of norms and standards for e-government governance, information and communication technology throughout the public administration- section 14 of the Public Administration Management Act; and

f) Providing for the professionalisation of the public administration through training and development- Chapter 4 of the Public Administration Management Act.

We are currently focused on the full implementation of the Public Administration Management Act, which includes promulgation of relevant regulations and may include amendments to address areas where there have been challenges experienced in its implementation or where new policy is required to be introduced. Once the work required to be done to inform such an amendment is completed, we will be better placed to indicate the details thereof.

12 August 2020 - NW1711

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Basic Education  to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(a)(i) Where is the form submitted that teachers and staff need to complete if they have comorbidities and (ii) what is the process that is followed thereafter and (b) what procedure is followed for learners in the same situation?

Reply:

(a)(i) The form submitted is part of Collective Agreement 1 of 2020 as attached.

(ii) Once the educator submits the application form and the accompanying documentation, his/her Supervisor assesses the application. Once the Supervisor is satisfied that the educator qualifies to be granted a concession, conditions of the concession are discussed and an agreement  is reached and recorded in the form. If there is no agreement, the grievance procedure in Chapter G of the Personnel Administrative Measure (PAM) document will be activated.

12 August 2020 - NW621

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether her department is putting measures in place to deliver water to Ward 20 in Ga-Mohlala in the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality in order to provide the ward with a regular water supply?

Reply:

Ga-Mohlala is a village with a population of five thousand eight hundred and twenty five (5825) and one thousand three hundred and fifty four (1354) households. The village water supply depends on eight boreholes; with five boreholes which are part of a project that was implemented in 2016 as part of the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) intervention which unfortunately was not successful. There are also three hand pumps which are not functional. Two of the hand pumps were vandalized and need to be re-drilled whilst one can be fixed.

The municipality met with the complainants on 06 May 2020 for a site inspection as part of finding a solution to the ongoing water challenges. It was agreed that the municipality will send a maintenance team to fix the hand pump that was not vandalized, as part of the short term intervention.

As part of the medium-term solution, the municipality will further intervene and refurbish the five boreholes which were part of the previous unsuccessful project so as to ensure there is water for the people of Ga-Mohlala.

The Department of Water and Sanitation has also provided 5 water tanks (2 x 10000 and 3 x 5250 litres) and 1 tanker to the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality as part of its COVID-19 interventions to ensure access to clean water.

12 August 2020 - NW1324

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)In view of the 2013-18 South African Integrated Programme of Action: Addressing Violence Against Women and Children which expired in 2018 at a time when incidents of violence against women and children are so high, by what date will the 2019-23 programme of action be tabled and/or published; (2) whether there is a report on the expired 2013-18 programme; if not, why not; if so, will she provide Ms B S Masango with the specified report?

Reply:

1. The Integrated Programme of Action on Violence Against Women and Children (POA: VAWC) was approved by Cabinet and published on 18 September 2013.

2. The 2013-2018 Programme of Action on Violence Against Women and Children was reviewed by the Department of Monitoring and Evaluation in 2016 through a diagnostic review.

3. The Draft reviewed Programme of Action on Violence Against Women and Children is attached.

11 August 2020 - NW1424

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Schreiber, Dr LA to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)By what cumulative percentage in (a) real and (b) nominal terms did the salaries of members of the Senior Management Service (SMS) in levels 13 to16 in the public service grow between the 2009-10 financial year and the 2020-21 financial year; (2) whether he will provide Dr L A Schreiberwitha detailed breakdown of the annual salary increases granted to members of SMS salary levels 13, 14, 15 and 16 for each financial year since the 2009-10 financial year; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he will provide Dr L A Schreiberwitha breakdown of the number of public servants currently employed at SMS salary levels 13 to 16?

Reply:

Questions 1 and 2

According to information received from National Treasury the salary adjustments granted to members at the various salary levels of the Senior Management Service (SMS), in real and nominal terms, between the 2009/10 and 2019/20 financial years, are reflected in the table below. No final decision on salary adjustments for the SMS for the 2020/21 financial year has been taken yet.

 

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

Total

Consumer Price Index

6,5%

3,8%

5,5%

5,5%

5,8%

5,6%

5,2%

6,3%

4,7%

4,6%

4,2%

57,7%

Cost of living adjustment (COLA)

Nominal salary growth (COLA)

Salary Level 13

10,5%

6,0%

5,0%

5,0%

5,6%

6,2%

5,5%

4,0%

5,5%

6,0%

5,2%

64,5%

Salary Level 14

10,5%

6,0%

5,0%

5,0%

5,6%

5,7%

5,5%

2,5%

5,5%

5,5%

5,2%

62,0%

Salary Level 15

10,5%

6,0%

5,0%

5,0%

5,6%

5,7%

5,5%

2,5%

5,5%

5,5%

5,2%

62,0%

Salary Level 16

10,5%

6,0%

5,0%

5,0%

5,6%

5,7%

5,5%

2,0%

5,5%

5,5%

5,2%

61,5%

 

Real salary growth

Salary Level 13

3,8%

2,1%

-0,5%

-0,5%

-0,2%

0,6%

0,3%

-2,2%

0,8%

1,3%

1,0%

6,5%

Salary Level 14

3,8%

2,1%

-0,5%

-0,5%

-0,2%

0,1%

0,3%

-3,6%

0,8%

0,9%

1,0%

4,1%

Salary Level 15

3,8%

2,1%

-0,5%

-0,5%

-0,2%

0,1%

0,3%

-3,6%

0,8%

0,9%

1,0%

4.1%

Salary Level 16

3,8%

2,1%

-0,5%

-0,5%

-0,2%

0,1%

0,3%

-4,0%

0,8%

0,9%

1,0%

3,7%

Question 3

The number of Senior Management Service employees in the Public Service as on 30 June 2020, per salary level, is reflected in the following table:

Salary level

Number

13

6 805

14

2 173

15

503

16

126

Total

9 607

Data source: PERSAL

Excluding Defence and State Security Agency

Excluding resignations up to 30 June 2020

11 August 2020 - NW1528

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(1)      Whether a certain person (name and details furnished) was suspended; if not, what is the position in this regard if so, (a)(i) on what date and (ii) for what reason was the person suspended and (b) what has been the cost to the State in terms of remuneration since the person was suspended; (2) Whether any official was appointed in an acting capacity; if so, (a) what is the name of the specified official, (b) what is the cost of the post to the State and (c) for how long has the specified official been employed in the specified post; (3) Whether any internal investigation has been conducted into the person’s suspension; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what date will the case be concluded?

Reply:

(1) Yes.

(1)(a)(i) The mentioned official was suspended on 16 August 2019 for unrelated misconduct and re-instated on instruction of the Minister after PSC recommendation in November 2019. The mentioned official was again suspended on 02 December 2019.

(1)(a)(ii) The official was suspended due to him being implicated in investigations conducted by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) under Proclamation10of2018. The Department received multiple disciplinary referrals from the SIU with regards to the official.

(1)(b) The cost to the State in terms of remuneration since the person was suspended is R528367.50

(2) Yes

(2)(a) MrJ.G Smalberger is the name of the official appointed to act in this capacity.

(2)(b) The cost of the post to the Statefrom01November2019todateisR1 014 393.92

(2)(c) The specified official has been employed in the specified post on contract basis since 01 November 2019.

(3) Yes, however due to the fact that the official is implicated in multiple disciplinary referrals the date of conclusion cannot be determined at this stage.

11 August 2020 - NW1767

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       (a) Which unions are conducting training of teachers on behalf of her department, (b) what are the details of the training with which each union have been tasked and (c) who are the target trainees; (2) what are the details of the payments that (a) were made to each union involved in training (i) in the past six financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2020 and (b) have been made (i) to and (ii) earmarked for each union for the 2020-21 financial year; (3) whether any quality assurance with regard to the training is conducted; if not, why not; if so, (a) by whom and (b) what are the relevant details; (4) whether all unions conducting training have been accredited as training providers by the SA Council for Educators; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what is the scope and conditions of the accreditation for each union?

Reply:

(1) (a) Which unions are conducting training of teachers on behalf of her department?

The DBE in collaboration with five teacher unions to provide teacher training namely:

  1.  National Teacher Union (NATU)
  2. National Professional Teacher Organization of South Africa (NAPTOSA)
  3. Professional Educators’ Union (PEU)
  4. South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU)
  5. SuidAfrikaanseOnderwysersUnie (SAOU)

(b) What are the details of the training with which each union have been tasked?

The training agenda for each financial year is determined on yearly basis through processes detailed in the Teacher Union Collaboration (TUC) memorandum of agreement (MOA). For example in 2018/19 it was NCS support in Accounting, Foundation Phase Mathemathics. In 2019/20 it was Primary School Reading Improvement Programme

 (c) Who are the target trainees?

The target depends on the agreed programme or intervention designed to support poor performing districts or PEDs for example

In 2018/19 – NSC Accounting support- the target was the grade 10 to 12 teachers

In 2018/19- Foundation Phase Mathematics- the target was the Foundation Phase teachers

In 2019/20- Primary School Reading Improvement Programme (PSRIP) - the target was Foundation and Intermediate Phase teachers (EC, KZN and LP)

(2)       What are the details of the payments that were made to each union involved in training?

(i) In the past six financial years

Teacher Unions are allocated funding with particular target of teachers to be trained. They only claim against their allocation only if they produce invoices with accompanying attendance registers.

2019/20

PARTIES

ALLOCATION

SPENDING

NATU

2,000,000.00

1,999,500.00

NAPTOSA

2,000,000.00

1,999,500.00

PEU

2,000,000.00

1,906 500.00

SADTU

5,400,000.00

5,499,000.00

SAOU

2,000,000.00

1,995,000.00

DBE

1,600,000.00

1 613 694.38

TOTAL

15,000,000.00

R 15,013,194.38

 

2018/19

PARTIES

ALLOCATION

SPENDING

NATU

R1 000 000.00

R981 000.00

NAPTOSA

R1 000 000.00

R633 750.00

PEU

R1 000 000.00

R999 000.00

SADTU

R4 000 000.00

R3 946 500.00

SAOU

R1 000 000.00

R946 621.00

TOTAL

R9 000 000.00

R7 506 871.00

 

EU

2017/18

PARTIES

ALLOCATION

SPENDING

NATU

R1 100 000.00

R1 278 450.00

NAPTOSA

R910 000.00

R817 500.00

PEU

R780 000.00

R748 800.00

SADTU

R3 900 000.00

R3 822 000.00

SAOU

R1 100 000.00

R1 098 500.00

TOTAL

R7 790 000.00

R7 765 250.00

 

Voted

2017/18

PARTIES

ALLOCATION

SPENDING

NATU

R3 240 000.00

R2 827 500.00

NAPTOSA

R2 928 000.00

R2 509 500.00

PEU

R2 499 000.00

R2 499 000.00

SADTU

R12 820 500.00

R8 991 000.00

SAOU

R3 249 000.00

R2 247 000.00

TOTAL

R24 736 500.00

R19 073 500.00

 

2016/17

PARTIES

ALLOCATION

SPENDING

NATU

R6 000 000.00

R1 278 450.00

NAPTOSA

R5 000 000.00

R3 338 800.00

PEU

R2 970 000.00

R1 815 000.00

SADTU

R18 000 000.00

R12 805 415.77

SAOU

R6 000 000.00

R3 753 600.00

TOTAL

R37 970 000.00

R23 001 265.77

 

2015/16

PARTIES

ALLOCATION

SPENDING

NAPTOSA

R5 000 000.00

R4 614 500.00

NATU

R6 000 000.00

R5 718 300.00

SADTU

R18 000 000.00

R12 640 101.51

SAOU

R6 000 000.00

R3 376 800.00

PEU

R2 970 000.00

R2 140 000.00

TOTAL

53 197 000.  00  

28 489 701

 

2014/15

No funding was availed

(i) No payment has been made to teacher unions during this period

 (ii) earmarked for each union for the 2020-21 financial year;

No funding was earmarked for 2020-21 as normally funding is requested during the budget adjustment process in the second quarter

(3)       Whether any quality assurance with regards to the training is conducted; if not, why not; if so,

The following stakeholders conduct monitoring visits to support training sessions and compile reports and recommendations:

1. DBE design the monitoring instrument, conduct monitoring visits, draft monitoring reports, provide feedback during scheduled Programme Operational Committee meetings (POC) and compile a comprehensive annual report.

 2. Provincial Departments of Education (PED`s) conduct their own monitoring

3. SACE also deploy officials to monitor training sessions

4. All teacher union officials do monitoring of training and marked scrips of pre and post- test, and compile reports

(b) What are the relevant details?

The DBE conducts monitoring visits using agreed monitoring tool with details about training logistics, training content and the facilitation. Once DBE gets to the venue they administer the monitoring instrument and compile a monitoring report. From the reports from DBE monitors, teacher union reports a comprehensive TUC implementation report is compiled.

The report is approved by the Director-General and shared to stakeholders. During implementation DBE monitors provide necessary feedback to teacher unions to improve their future training sessions

In a schedule meeting by DBE, feedback are provided to all stakeholders and inputs, suggestions and recommendations are used to improve follow up training session if and when funding is available

(4)       Whether all unions conducting training have been accredited as training providers by the SA Council for Educators; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what is the scope and conditions of the accreditation for each union?   

Yes NATU, NAPTOSA, SADTU, SAOU have Professional Development Institutes (PDIs) which are approved as training providers by the SACE and each training programme is submitted  to SACE for endorsement.   The endorsement process is detailed in the SACE CPTD management system.  PEU does not have a PDI, but is also registered with SACE as a training service provider.                                             

11 August 2020 - NW1502

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) total number of individual retail opportunities currently exist in each building at each station under the custodianship of his department and the entities reporting to him and (b) is the total amount of revenue generated from each lease agreement at each specified station in each of the past three financial years?

Reply:

The table below reflects:

a) all retail and commercial opportunities currently available at stations and;

b) the total rental per year for these opportunities.

The data excludes rental on other categories such as bus billing, residential and properties not situated on a station.

Number of retail/commercial activities at PRASA stations

Rental Generated per period

 

Financial Year 2017/2018

Financial Year 2018/2019

Financial Year 2019/2020

493

R124,146,942-07

R133,491,335-56

R143,539,070-50

11 August 2020 - NW548

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether all reports submitted to the (a) Commissioner and (b) Correctional Supervision and Parole Boards (CSPBs) by Case Management Committees contain all the information required by section 42(2)(d) and 42(2)(e) of the Correctional Services Act, Act 111 of 1998; if not, why not; (2) whether the Commissioner or CSPBs consider the application by an offender for placement on parole on the basis of an incomplete report; if not, on what basis are such offenders released on parole; if so, why?

Reply:

(1)(a)(b) Yes, profile reports submitted to the Head of Correctional Centres (HCC) or Correctional Supervision and Parole Board (CSPBs) have to meet the requirements of sections 42(2)(d) and 42(2)(e) of the Correctional Services Act, Act 111 of 1998.

Remarks and orders given by sentencing court are adhered to, it is however worth mentioning that there are challenges in obtaining documents such as sentence remarks, SAP62 and SAP69 in some cases from courts and SAPS.

Sentence remarks are mandatory in determining an effective intervention and treatment plan targeting offending behaviour based on accurate assessment of individual offender risks and needs. In the absence of sentence remarks the documents, reports by professionals are to a larger extent one sided and based on known events leading to misdiagnosis that doesn’t target offending behaviour. Reporting and management of risks can be compromised by non-availability of the same sentence remarks and previous convictions which inform the risk reports.

Where these documents were not provided by the abovementioned stakeholders, a report is attached on the profile report explaining attempts made to obtain the documents and the courts as well as SAPS response thereto. The implementation of the Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) by the JCPS cluster value chain will ensure this is avoided.

It is also important to mention that upon admission offenders are assessed, Correctional Sentence Plans are compiled and updated during the serving of sentence. The Correctional Sentence Plans prescribe programmes that offenders must be subjected to and whether such programmes are to be offered by Correctional Intervention Officials, Social Workers or Psychologists. Therefore, some profile reports will not have a report of Psychologist if there was no need identified; in particular offenders serving short sentences and non-violent offences and this does not mean that the profile report is incomplete.

As prescribed by Section 42(2) (e) of the Correctional Services Act, Act 111 of 1998 (‘the CSA”), the Case Management Committees (CMCs) do submit reports as contemplated in paragraph (d) to the Head of Correctional Centre in respect of any offenders sentenced to incarceration for 24 months or less. The submission is a short version of a profile report due to short period of time to be served. In this category, offenders can only be exposed to life skills programmes and pre-release programmes depending on the length of sentence, meaning not all information per reports may be available and this does not mean that the profile report is incomplete.

2. No, incomplete profile reports are not considered. Offenders do not apply for parole as the parole consideration process is initiated by the Case Management Committees (CMCs) by compiling profile reports about 6 months before offenders reach their legislated minimum detention periods. The Heads of Correctional Centre (to whom the National Commissioner has delegated his powers consider offenders serving 24 months or less) or Correctional Supervision and Parole Boards (CSPBs) quality check profile reports received from the CMCs and those with short comings are referred back to the CMCs for rectification.

Where documents such as sentence remarks cannot be provided by some courts, a report is attached to the profile reports explaining attempts made to obtain the sentence remarks and courts’ response thereto. Where a CSPB approves placement on parole based on an incomplete profile report or before an offender attends a prescribed programme, such a decision will be subject to review by the Correctional Supervision and Parole Review Board.

END

11 August 2020 - NW922

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Mulder, Mr FJ to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether his department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) Whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) What was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; and (4) Whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

  1. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has informed me that no tender was awarded since procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) was lower than the tender threshold of R500 000.00. Senior Managers and Court Managers use their existing delegations to procure PPEs from the service providers already in the Central Supplier Database.
  2. Falls away, due to the response above.
  3. Falls away.
  4. Falls away.

11 August 2020 - NW1094

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What number of cases that emanate from the lockdown regulations since the inception of the lockdown have been referred to the National Prosecuting Authority for decision; (2) what number of the referred cases have been (a) withdrawn and (b) returned for further investigation; (3) (a) what number of the referred cases have been placed on a court roll and (b) on which court rolls were the cases placed?

Reply:

(1) The NPA, in line with the modernization approach enunciated by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, monitored the enrolment of all Covid-19 cases from the integrated electronic case management dataset. During the lockdown period up to 9 June 2020 (date of response), the courts dealt with 18 355 first appearance cases related to Covid-19 contraventions, with 39 089 accused.

(2)(a) A total of 776 cases were withdrawn during the said period, which represents 4% of the total first appearance cases.

(2)(b) A total of 12 354 (67.3%) cases are still open and postponed for future date. Further investigation is directed by the prosecutors to ensure that the case may be finalised on the next court appearance date.

3(a) A total of 18 355 first appearance cases were enrolled. The integrated system only includes cases enrolled. Cases referred for decision are not yet electronically recorded but this model is being developed. The data relating to decision dockets is therefore not yet available from the said integrated system.

However, during the Lockdown Alert Level 5 period (27 March 2020 – 30 April 2020), a manual collation process of information pertaining to Covid-19 contraventions indicated that almost 25% of first appearance cases were not enrolled, due to insufficient evidence. These dockets were referred for decision and further investigation, where applicable.

3(b) The majority of Covid-19 related cases (99%) were enrolled in the district courts and only one percent was directly enrolled in the regional courts.

11 August 2020 - NW1504

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

What was the total capital expenditure at (a) Cape Town, (b) Nasrec, (c) Rhodesfield, (d) Moses Mabhida and (e) Pretoria train stations in the past three financial years?

Reply:

The total CRES capital expenditure for the past three (3) years for the identified six (6) stations is summarised in the table below;

Financial Year

Cape Town

Nasrec

Rhodesfield

Moses Mabhida

Pretoria

2017/18

6, 058,386-31

0-00

0-00

0-00

1,057,718-93

2018/19

5,171,807-14

0-00

0-00

0-00

320,560-00

2019/20

17,733,512-93

0-00

0-00

0-00

266,267-50

2020/21

770.700-03

0-00

0-00

0-00

0-00

Total

29,734,406-41

0-00

0-00

0-00

1,644,546-43

11 August 2020 - NW1542

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Mey, Mr P to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Whether any arrangements were made to receive goods not considered as essential on ships already in transit to South African ports at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown; if not, (a) why not and (b) what was the estimated loss to the economy; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether any ships were denied entry at any South African port; if so, what (a) are the relevant details, (b) goods were not allowed to be unloaded during this time at each port respectively, (c) were the reasons for such decisions and (d) was the estimated loss to the economy; (3) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

Directions issued in terms of Regulations 10(7) of the Directions made in under Section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act,2002(Act No.57 of 2002. Measures to address prevent and combat the spread of Covid-19 in the Sea Ports, the Minister of Transport Hon FA Mbalula approved the

directions on how the Commercial Ports of South Africa would operate during the lock down and

The purpose of the Directions were to:

(a) The prohibition of the cruise ships calling at any of the seaports(expect the cruise ships that were already on the radar of Marine Security Coordination Centre-MSCC) and those that were solely calling to take bunkers and consumables and lastly the cruise ships that were coming disembark South Africans)

(b) To improve hygiene control sterilization facilities on ships, port facilities operated by licensed operators, off-shore cargo handling facilities, ship repair facilities, provider the port services, port terminal operators and licensed port operations

(c) Implementation of a tracking, tracing and monitoring system at sea ports and reporting.

During the lock down all commercial ports remained opened for commercial purposes and only two ports that remained closed for the purposes of disembarkation of South Africans and crew change and those two ports were Port of Mossell Bay and Port Saldanha. All goods on board the ships were discharged in an in-discriminatory manner for both essentially and non-essential goods. Once the goods were on the port terminals they would then be sorted in terms of essential would stacked at the Customs approved warehouse and shipping line’s warehouses in order to make way for the essential goods.

(2) There were no commercial ships that were denied entry into the commercial ports of South Africa except for the crew change and even the cruise ships were allowed to call in for bunkering services and disembarkation of South Africa that were returning home. The imports and exports remained opened during the hard lock down and goods as such were allowed to be discharged at the ports of discharged throughout the country.

(3) The above response answers the question adequately and a member statement in this regard is not deemed necessary

11 August 2020 - NW1334

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Julius, Mr J to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What total number of (a) cases of illegal invasion of land owned by the State was prosecuted and (b) the specified prosecutions were successful in each (i) province and (ii) of the past five financial years?

Reply:

I have been informed by the National Prosecuting Authority and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, that statistics relating to (a) cases of illegal invasion of land owned by the State which were prosecuted and (b) the number of specified successful prosecutions in each (i) province and (ii) of the past five financial years, are not kept.

Such invasion of State property would normally constitute the civil offence of trespass. Complaints in this regard, would be submitted by Municipalities. There is no record of cases opened by Municipalities against trespassers in this regard.

The usual practice is that Municipalities would initiate civil proceedings and seek a court order for the eviction of unlawful land invaders. These cases would normally be enrolled on the civil case roll in various Magistrates’ Districts.

Some of these civil cases are often also settled out of court with the result that no case is actually registered on the court roll, in such circumstances. It is for this reason that the statistics of these civil cases, are not readily available.

11 August 2020 - NW1735

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

With regard to the National Public Transport Network Grant Allocations by his department towards the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system specifically in the (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19 and (c) 2019-20 financial years, what BRT amounts have been (i) allocated, (ii) transferred and (iii) spent in certain cities (names furnished)?

Reply:

a) 2017-2018 financial year

(i) allocated, (ii) transferred and (iii) spent

Municipality

ALLOCATION

2017/18

TOTAL TRANSFERS

2017/18

EXPENDITURE

JUL72017 JUNE 2018

 

R'000

R'000

R’000

Buffalo City

55,869

55,868

45,597

Cape Town

999,524

999,524

786,680

Jo'burg

918,187

918,187

602,945

Tshwane

900,239

900,239

884,890

George

210,362

210,362

133,486

eThekwini

917,150

917,150

607,886

Mangaung

231,637

231,637

84,025

Rustenburg

314,156

314,156

299,792

Ekurhuleni

700,718

700,718

372,643

Mbombela

211,673

211,673

114,381

Polokwane

216,734

216,734

163,417

Nelson Mandela Bay

273,297

273,297

193,595

Msunduzi

210,014

157,512*

114,924

Totals

6,159,560

6,107,057

4,404,261

*An amount of R52, 5 million was reallocated, as per the DoRA, from Msunduzi for drought relief within the Western Cape Province.

(b) 2018-2019 financial year

(i) allocated, (ii) transferred and (iii) spent

Municipality

ALLOCATION

2018/19

TOTAL TRANSFERS

2018/19

EXPENDITURE

JUL7 2018 – JUNE 2019

 

R'000

R'000

R’000

Buffalo City

95,165

95,165

101,427

Cape Town

1,045,522

1,045,522

790,331

Jo'burg

1,112,936

1,066,936*

461,018

Tshwane

808,194

808,194

743,572

George

167,675

167,675

137,378

eThekwini

883,887

825,877*

516,291

Mangaung

234,831

234,831

142,194

Rustenburg

298,212

396,629*

211,084

Ekurhuleni

694,640

604,640*

425,319

Mbombela

203,454

203,454

133,407

Polokwane

205,107

330,107*

214,652

Nelson Mandela Bay

304,942

275,535*

186,127

Msunduzi

199,104

199,104

199,104

Totals

6,253,669

6,253,669

4,261,904

* Polokwane and Rustenburg received in-year adjustments from reductions in Jo’burg, Ekurhuleni,

eThekwini and Nelson Mandela Bay due to unsatisfactory performances, respectively as per the DoRA.

(c) 2019-20 financial year

(i) allocated, (ii) transferred and (iii) spent

Municipality

ALLOCATION

2019/20

TOTAL TRANSFERS

2019/20

EXPENDITURE

JULY 2019 - JUNE2020

 

R'000

R'000

R’000

Buffalo City

234,466

234,466

154,851

Cape Town

1,311,645

1,311,645

847,270

Jo'burg

1,187,518

1,068,766*

383,211

Tshwane

731,751

658,576*

602,919

George

163,499

245,626*

118,578

eThekwini

840,549

765,349*

717,880

Mangaung

229,596

229,596

126,703

Rustenburg

218,911

218,911

84,923

Ekurhuleni

679,153

679,153

627,610

Mbombela

198,919

198,919

159,748

Polokwane

179,433

332,433*

243,485

Nelson Mandela Bay

298,143

199,980**

93,228

Msunduzi

194,665

226,665*

133,975

Totals

6,468,248

6,370,085

4,294,381

* George, Polokwane and Msunduzireceived in-year adjustments from reductions in Jo’burg, Tshwane,

eThekwini due to unsatisfactory performances, respectively as per the DoRA.

**The DoT was instructed by the National Treasury not to transfer the balance amounting to R98, 1 million for Nelson Mandela Bay.

11 August 2020 - NW701

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Msimang, Prof CT to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether he has found that the different measures that his department has adopted to combat the abuse of the rights of women and children has been successful in achieving that purpose; if not, (a) why have the measures not been successful and (b) what further steps will his department take in this regard; if so, why does the abuse of the rights of women and children seem to continue unabated?

Reply:

The projects regarding the establishment of Sexual Offences Courts in the Regional Courts, are yielding results, as part of the mechanisms to respond to and assist victims of gender based violence, in particular sexual offences. To date, 106 Sexual Offences Courts and 55 Thuthuzela Care Centres have been established.

With regards to the implementation of the Femicide Watch, the first phase to create a Dashboard of Femicide cases which assists the Department and Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster to have the necessary information available regarding these heinous crimes, has been completed. The subsequent phases to assist in combating these horrendous crimes, are still work in progress.

(a) Until the society deals with the core drivers of Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVC), the court system might continue to fight a losing battle. The GBVF pandemic has direct bearings on strong patriarchal social norms, complex gender inequalities, socio-economic inequalities and its ailments, poor women empowerment, family dysfunction and unaccountability, and the low social value attached to female life; hence the upward spiral of femicide in the country. With the persistent downward spiral of the economy and the unemployment rate, and together with their harsh ramifications on families, efforts made by the court system may continue to struggle to reach the expected impact.

Therefore, the solution to GBVF does not lie with courts alone. It has been proven that greater incarceration and retributive justice often focus on symptomatic relief; hence the need for interventions with society at large to act collectively against the social ills that continue to breed violence against women and children. Until then, our courts may continue to fight a losing battle.

As it is said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The country needs to boost up its efforts on intervention. However, the focus on prevention cannot be placed primarily on the court system as courts are positioned in the criminal justice system to get involved after the fact.

b The Department has immensely contributed in the development of globally-competitive pieces of legislation on GBVF. These include the Domestic Violence Act, 1998 (Act No. 116 of 1998), Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No. 32 of 2007), Protection from Harassment Act, 2011 (Act No. 17 of 2011), and the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act, 2013 (Act No. 7 of 2013). Despite the wealth of this legal framework, South Africa has been criticised by the United Nations for struggling to bridge the gulf between paper law and action. However, it must be noted that poor implementation is a widespread challenge that many progressive countries are battling with, but with the recent introduction of the 2019 Presidential Summit Declaration against GBVF and its National Strategic Plan, South Africa is set to change this scenario. With the request of the Presidency, the Department led the process of developing this Declaration with government and civil society.

The abuse of women and children continues to increase and there are various reasons for this. At the heart of this challenge, is the patriarchal orientation of society which is fermented by gender prejudices and other forms of gender stereotypes.

The fight against the scourge of gender-based violence and other forms of women abuse is a battle that the society as a whole must embrace. Therefore, the Department’s efforts through for example, Sexual Offences Courts and awareness campaigns, should be seen as part of a bigger societal campaign to eradicate women and child abuse.

11 August 2020 - NW1733

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)(a) What are the current outstanding term loan agreements with the SA National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL), (b) by what date(s) are the specified loan agreements due, (c) with which institutions were the loan agreements concluded and (d) what were the (i) loan amounts and (ii) interest rates in each case; (2) what amount of any funding is going towards (a) Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project bonds and/or e-tolled roads and/or (b) other SANRAL-managed toll roads?

Reply:

1. (a) SANRAL has one outstanding loan agreement in two tranches, outstanding amount R997 431 786.61 as at 30 June 2020. This is an amortising loan.

(b) Tranche 1 due date: 15 June 2034, Tranche 2 due date 15 March 2034

(c) The loan was concluded with the European Investment Bank (EIB)

(d) (i) Tranche 1 loan amount: R572 784 000.00, (ii) rate: 8.315%, drawdown date: 13 December 2010.

(i) Tranche 2 loan amount: R573 918 000.00, (ii) rate: 9.277%, drawdown date: 28 March 2011.

2. (a) SANRAL operates and finances a Portfolio of Toll Roads and does not fund these roads on a project basis. The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) is part of this portfolio.

(b) The unaudited total borrowing as at 31 March 2020 is R47 755.2 million (2019: R47 451.7 million). For further details, Note 15 and 16 of the Annual Financial Statements as included in the Integrated Report provide a detail list of all bonds and loans, with interest rates and dates of maturity.

11 August 2020 - NW1007

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What are the details of the joint phasing-in plan of her department working jointly with the Department of Social Development for the reopening of early childhood development centres (ECDs) under level 3 of the risk- adjusted approach to Covid-19 within the Republic with regard to the (a) date ECDs will be allowed to open under level 3, (b) opening of ECDs in provinces which remain on level 4, (c) provision by the Government of personal protective equipment (PPE) to ECDs, (d) total number of children that will be permitted in each ECD facility, (e) enforcement of social distancing and PPE regulations within ECDs and (f) training ECD facilitators and/or practitioners will receive in preparation to receive learners?

Reply:

What are the details of the joint phasing-in plan of her department working jointly with the Department of Social Development for the reopening of early childhood development programmes (ECDs) under level 3 of the risk-adjusted approach to Covid-19 within the Republic?

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Department of Social Development (DSD) are still in the process of the early childhood development (ECD) function shift. To date, the ECD function has not yet been transferred to DBE by Proclamation, and the primary responsibility for the re-opening of ECD programmes, rests with the DSD.  That said, the DBE is supporting DSD in developing a plan towards the safe re-opening of ECD programmes.

The DSD, in collaboration with the DBE, Department of Health and civil society, have embarked on a process to look into the options, conditions, requirements and risks associated with the re-opening of ECD programmes.  The first engagement was on 26 May 2020, where eight workstreams (data, monitoring, assessment, support packages, protocols for re-opening, general COVID-19 awareness, programme re-design and practitioner training) were agreed upon, and immediately commenced their work.  This will provide important information regarding the measures and timing for the re-opening of ECD programmes.

(a) date ECDs will be allowed to open under level 3                          

The overall workplan that will be developed by the workstreams will determine this date.

(b) opening of ECDs in provinces which remain on level 4

The overall workplan that will be developed by the workstreams will determine this date.

(c) provision by the Government of personal protective equipment (PPE) to ECDs

The Support Packages Workstream is developing a basic package of support to enable ECD programmes to implement the protocols and standard operating procedures. Funding options for this are considered, including using the budget from the ECD conditional grant to provide the appropriate PPEs.

(d) total number of children that will be permitted in each ECD facility

The Protocols Workstream will develop the required protocols and standard operating procedures for ECD programmes to re-open.

(e) enforcement of social distancing and PPE regulations within ECDs and 

The Protocols Workstream will develop the required protocols and standard operating procedures for ECD programmes to re-open, whereas the Support Packages Workstream is developing a basic package of support to enable ECD programmes to implement the protocols and standard operating procedures. On 2 June, the DSD will also launch the Vangasali campaign as part of Child Protection week. The purpose of the campaign is to crowd-source information on where ECD programmes are located so that the DSD can monitor the readiness of ECD programmes to re-open.

(f) training ECD facilitators and/or practitioners will receive in preparation to receive learners?          

The workstream that focuses on practitioner training will develop a strategy to train all practitioners to prepare adequately before children return to ECD programmes. The general COVID-19 awareness workstream will also develop information packages to programmes and parents to educate them around the required measures that need to be in place.

11 August 2020 - NW1275

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What was the total number of criminal cases deemed as being part of the backlog roll in (a) regional courts and (b) district courts on (i) 25 March 2020 and (ii) 25 May 2020?

Reply:

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and the National Prosecuting Authority, define backlog cases as cases being in the backlog based age analysis of the court roll. For the district courts, cases that are older than six months will be regarded as being in the backlog, while for the regional courts, cases which are older than nine months will be regarded as being in the backlog.

At the end of March 2020, a total of 194 225 cases were carried forward to the next financial year that commenced in April 2020. In addition to the cases carried forward, a total of 70 667 cases were enrolled during the lockdown period in April and May 2020, the majority of which were postponed to a date after the lockdown period.

The disruption in the optimal use of courts resulted in an increase in the number of outstanding cases in the lower courts. At the end of May 2020, compared to the outstanding roll and backlog cases at the end of March 2020, the outstanding case-loads in (a) Regional Courts, increased by 1%, and (b) in District Courts, by 18%.

A similar increase was noted in the backlog of cases. At the end of May 2020, the backlog of cases in (a) the Regional Courts, increased by 14%, and (b) in the district courts, by 63%.

END

11 August 2020 - NW1454

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What total number of (a) the 14 647 inmates who benefited from the remission of sentences announced on 16 December 2019 by the President of the Republic, Mr M.C Ramaphosa, are among the 19 000 inmates due to be released as part of the COVID-19 parole dispensation and (b) inmates only qualified to be released because they have benefited from both the 2019 remission and the criteria applicable to the COVID-19 parole dispensation?

Reply:

Special Remission refers to a reduction of the sentences of incarcerated offenders, probationers and parolees with a period as determined by the President. On
16 December 2019 the President of the Republic, Mr M.C Ramaphosa announced the reduction of sentence for all sentenced offenders including probationers and parolees by 12 months. An additional 06 months special remission was granted for categories with non-violent crimes.

The special parole dispensation due to COVID-19 means that the selected low risk offenders’ minimum detention periods were advanced for consideration for placement.

(a) None. The 14 647 inmates referred to are those whose sentences (due to the remission), expired resulting in them exiting the correctional services system.

(b) Due to long sentences imposed by the courts, a total of 9 617 offenders benefitted from the 2019 Special Remission and they did not qualify for release and placement on parole. However, the 2020 COVID-19 Special Parole Dispensation has advanced their dates for consideration of parole placement.

As indicated, only low-risk offenders who meet all the requirements and conditions for placement on parole, will be placed on parole. The requirement that only offenders who have undergone relevant rehabilitation programmes aimed at addressing their offending behaviour would qualify for placement as this would minimise the risk of re-offending.

Every qualifying sentenced offender’s profile will be assessed and considered individually by the Parole Boards before they make their recommendations for placement on parole. This will include affording victims the opportunity to make representations why an offender should not be placed on parole. All relevant factors will be taken into consideration during this process, which will include any prior convictions for violent offences committed.

END

11 August 2020 - NW1447

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Terblanche, Mr OS to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What are the (a) total number of cases related to arrests for contravention of any Covid-19 related regulations referred to his department by the SA Police Service since 26 March 2020 that resulted in successful prosecutions and (b) are the details of the convictions in each case?

Reply:

(a) All cases referred to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) are screened and if a reasonable prospect of success is determined by the screening prosecutor, the case is enrolled and registered on the Integrated Case Management System. The total number of first appearance cases relating to the contravention of regulations in terms of the Disaster Management Act and registered during the period 26 March 2020 to 30 June 2020 is indicated in the table below:

ALERT LEVEL

CASES

ACCUSED

L5 (26 March - 30 April)

12 768

27 947

L4 (May)

8 487

14 275

L3 (June)

2 837

4 590

TOTAL

24 092

46 812

Data extracted from the integrated case management system

(b) (i) The number of convicted cases per Alert Level is indicated in the table below:

ALERT LEVEL

CASES CONVICTED

ACCUSED

L5 (26 Mar - 30 Apr)

910

1 567

L4 (May)

591

899

L3 (Jun)

71

96

TOTAL

1 572

2 562

Data extracted from the integrated case management system

(ii) A breakdown of the total of 1 572 convicted cases per contravention and per Alert

Level, is tabulated below. The majority of convicted cases relate to the failure to confine to residence during the lockdown period:

ALERT LEVEL AND CONTRAVENTION

CASES

ACCUSED

Level 3 (June)

71

96

Convening a gathering or hindering, interfering with, or obstructing an enforcement officer in the exercise of his or her powers, or the performance of his or her duties for the duration of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4

1

1

Disclosing any information contained in the COVID-19 Tracing Database or any information obtained during the duration of the national state of disaster without authority

1

1

Failure by any business or other entity other than a business or entity involved in the manufacturing, supply, or provision of an essential good or service to cease operations during the lockdown

1

1

Failure to be confined to one's place of residence for the duration of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4

5

11

Failure to be confined to one's place of residence from 20H00 until 05H00 daily for the duration of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4, other as permitted by law

10

10

Failure to comply with a prohibition of movement between provinces during the period of the lockdown

4

6

Failure to confine oneself to his or her place of residence during the period of the lockdown

27

36

Failure to keep closed a listed place or premises normally open to the public or where people may gather for the duration of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4

1

1

Moving between provinces, metropolitan areas and districts of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4, other than as provided for in law

6

14

Operating a commuter transport services, passenger rail services, bus services, taxi services, e-hailing services, maritime and air passenger transport contrary to Disaster Management Regulations

5

5

Operating a retail store or shopping mall during the lockdown period other than for selling essential goods and/or failure to comply with prescribed safety measures

2

2

Selling of tobacco, tobacco products, e- cigarettes and related products for the duration of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4

5

5

Selling tobacco, tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products, other than for export during the duration of the national state of disaster under Alert Level 3

2

2

Selling, dispensing and distribution of liquor during the duration of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4

1

1

Level 4 (May)

591

899

Convene and/or attend a gathering as defined during the period of lockdown

7

7

Convening a gathering in contravention of the Disaster Management Act Regulations

15

57

Convening a gathering or hindering, interfering with, or obstructing an enforcement officer in the exercise of his or her powers, or the performance of his or her duties for the duration of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4

5

5

Failure by a place not involved in the provision of essential goods or service to remain closed to all persons during the duration of the lockdown

6

6

Failure by an electronic communications service provider to comply with a directive by the Director-General: Health to provide information for inclusion in the COVID-19 Tracing Database

1

1

Failure by any business or other entity other than a business or entity involved in the manufacturing, supply, or provision of an essential good or service to cease operations during the lockdown

7

7

Failure to be confined to one's place of residence for the duration of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4

92

124

Failure to be confined to one's place of residence from 20H00 until 05H00 daily for the duration of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4, other as permitted by law

27

33

Failure to comply with a prohibition of movement between provinces during the period of the lockdown

29

43

Failure to comply with a prohibition of movement between the metropolitan and district areas during the period of the lockdown

19

23

Failure to confine oneself to his or her place of residence during the period of the lockdown

323

527

Failure to keep closed a listed place or premises normally open to the public or where people may gather for the duration of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4

3

3

Issuing of special or events liquor licensing during the duration of the national state of disaster

1

3

Leaving one's place of residence during the duration of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4 other than as permitted by law

11

11

Misrepresenting that one is or any other person is infected with COVID -19

1

1

Moving between provinces, metropolitan areas and districts of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4, other than as provided for in law

9

9

Natural Persons: Failure to comply with request made by National Disaster Management Centre / Provincial Disaster Management Centre / Municipal Disaster Management Centre

1

1

Operating a commuter transport services, passenger rail services, bus services, taxi services, e-hailing services, maritime and air passenger transport contrary to Disaster Management Regulations

3

5

Operating a retail store or shopping mall during the lockdown period other than for selling essential goods and/or failure to comply with prescribed safety measures

10

10

Selling of tobacco, tobacco products, e- cigarettes and related products for the duration of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4

15

16

Selling other goods by a retail store that are not permitted to be sold in terms of the Table 1 duration of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4

1

1

Selling, dispensing and distribution of liquor during the duration of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4

2

3

Transporting liquor during the duration of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4 other than where alcohol is required for an authorised purpose

3

3

Level 5 (26 March - 30 April)

910

1 567

Convene and/or attend a gathering as defined during the period of lockdown

12

13

Convening a gathering in contravention of the Disaster Management Act Regulations

52

234

Corporation(s)/Firm(s) : Failure to comply with request made by National Disaster Management Centre / Provincial Disaster Management Centre / Municipal Disaster Management Centre

1

1

Evicting a person(s) from his/her/their formal or informal residence or a farm dwelling place of residence during the lockdown period

1

1

Failure by a place not involved in the provision of essential goods or service to remain closed to all persons during the duration of the lockdown

11

11

Failure by an electronic communications service provider to comply with a directive by the Director-General: Health to provide information for inclusion in the COVID-19 Tracing Database

3

3

Failure by any business or other entity other than a business or entity involved in the

19

22

     

manufacturing, supply, or provision of an essential good or service to cease operations during the lockdown

   

Failure by premises selling liquor which provide accommodation to implement measures to stop the spread of COVID-19

1

1

Failure to be confined to one's place of residence for the duration of the national state of disaster in Alert Level 4

2

2

Failure to close a place or premises normally open to the public where religious, cultural, sporting, entertainment. recreational, exhibitional, organisational or similar activities may take place, during the duration of the national state of disaster in

2

2

Failure to comply with a prohibition of movement between provinces during the period of the lockdown

11

11

Failure to comply with a prohibition of movement between the metropolitan and district areas during the period of the lockdown

8

10

Failure to confine oneself to his or her place of residence during the period of the lockdown

750

1 215

Misrepresentation of own or any persons infected status with COVID-19

1

1

Natural Persons: Failure to comply with request made by National Disaster Management Centre / Provincial Disaster Management Centre / Municipal Disaster Management Centre

3

3

Operating a commuter transport services, passenger rail services, bus services, taxi services, e-hailing services, maritime and air passenger transport contrary to Disaster Management Regulations

5

5

Operating a retail store or shopping mall during the lockdown period other than for selling essential goods and/or failure to comply with prescribed safety measures

27

31

Permitting more than 50 persons at premises where liquor is sold and consumed in contravention of the Disaster Management Act Regulations

1

1

(iii) The courts imposed the following sentences in the 1 572 convicted cases:

Alert Level and Sentence

Total Cases

Level 3 (June)

71

Cautioned

7

Court Fine

36

Deferred Fine

7

Fine Option

14

Imprisonment

3

Suspended Wholly

4

Level 4 (May)

591

Cautioned

58

Correctional Supervision

1

Court Fine

94

Deferred Fine

92

Diversion

1

Fine Option

202

Imprisonment

24

Sentence Postponed

3

Suspended Partially

3

Suspended Wholly

113

Level 5 (26 March - 30 April)

910

Cautioned

118

Community Service

1

Court Fine

141

Deferred Fine

91

Diversion

1

Fine Option

319

Habitual Criminal

1

Imprisonment

61

Suspended Partially

9

Suspended Wholly

168

Total

1 572

END

11 August 2020 - NW1551

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What has caused the delays in the restoration of train lines in the Cape Flats and (b) by what date will Metrorail services resume operations across Cape Town?

Reply:

(a) The Cape Flats line from Cape Town to Retreat has been severely vandalized during lockdown alert level 5. The signalling system between Ndabeni and Pinelands has been stolen and causes an extended area of Manual Authorisation increasing the risk of operations.

(b) The Cape Flats and Northern Corridor services between Cape Town – Bellville is planned for resumption on the 17 August 2020. By the end of August, the Northern Corridorservices will be extended to Eerste River. The service from Eerste River – Strand and Eerste River – Muldersvlei is planned for resumption on 1 September 2020.

11 August 2020 - NW546

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

(a) What number of mentally ill persons are accommodated in correctional centers and (b) in which correctional centers are they accommodated; (2) whether social and psychological services are provided by his department to support all such mentally ill persons and to support their mental health; if not, (a) why not and (b) what steps are being taken to accommodate them elsewhere?

Reply:

(1)(a) and (b)Total Number of mentally ill persons (inmates) and centres

(1)(a) Total Number of mentally ill persons (inmates)

(1)(b) Name of Correctional Centre

02

Fort Beaufort

03

Grahams town

33

King Williams town

19

Middle drift

25

East London (EL) Medium A

19

EL Medium B

16

EL Medium C

20

Mdantsane

18

Kirkwood

70

Mthatha medium

36

Mthatha Remand

19

Burgers Dorp

18

Butterworth

02

Dutywa

11

Middleburg

03

Ngcobo

07

Queenstown

08

Sada

01

Sturkspruit

37

St Albans Medium A

43

St Albans Medium B

63

St Albans Maximum

08

Patensie

21

Port Elizabeth

73

Grootvlei Medium A

11

Grootvlei Medium B

02

Winburg

01

Brandfort

245

Mangaung

42

Groenpunt Maximum

22

Groenpunt Medium

03

Groenpunt Youth

24

Vereeniging

11

Sasolburg

01

Heilbron

01

Frankfort

63

Tswelopele

16

Kimberley

30

BizzahMakhate Centre A

06

BizzahMakhate Centre B

41

BizzahMakhate Centre C

02

Bethlehem

03

Ficksburg

09

Harrismith

01

Hennenman

03

Odendaalsrus

06

Virginia

01

Colesberg

01

Hopetown

05

De Aar

02

Richmond

07

Victoria West

20

Upington

7

Springbok

10

Kuruman

4

Goedemoed Medium A

17

Goedemoed Medium B

03

Emthonjeni Youth

35

Baviaanspoort Medium Centre

24

Baviaanspoort Maximum Centre

55

Boksburg Centre A

06

Boksburg Juvenile

09

Heidelberg

62

Johannesburg (JHB) Centre A

94

JHB Centre B

42

JHB Centre C

60

JHB Female Centre

105

KgošiMampuru II (KM II) Central

55

KM II Local

18

KM II Female Centre

24

KM II C-Max

14

Atteridgeville

30

Odi Centre

40

Krugersdorp Medium Centre

44

Leeuwkop Medium A

22

Leeuwkop Medium B

33

Leeuwkop Medium C

61

Leeuwkop Maximum

141

Modderbee

07

Nigel Centre

74

Zonderwater Medium A

50

Zonderwater Medium B

77

Durban Medium A

97

Durban Medium B

10

Durban Medium C

7

Durban Medium D

15

Umzinto

27

Durban Female

55

Qalakabusha

1

Empangeni Medium

18

Eshowe

1

Maphumulo

1

Mthunzini

1

Bergville

1

Dundee

6

Estcourt

24

Glencoe

14

Ladysmith

9

Ebongweni

5

Kokstad Medium

2

Portshepstone

17

Ncome Medium A

25

Ncome Medium B

15

Vryheid

1

Nongoma

2

Nkandla

65

Pietermaritzburg Medium A

2

Pietermaritzburg Medium B

4

New Hanover

13

Sevontein

3

Ixopo

39

Waterval Medium A

19

Waterval Medium B

6

Ekuseni

6

Newcastle Male

2

Newcastle Female

29

Barberton Maximum

20

Barberton Medium B

4

Barberton Medium A

6

Town Youth

5

Lydenburg

23

Nelspruit

16

Bethal

20

Ermelo

5

Piet Retief

3

Volksrust

12

Standerton

23

Klerksdorp

29

Potchefstroom

02

Wolmaransstad

04

Christiaana

56

Polokwane

08

Modimolle

01

Tzaneen

28

Rooigrond Medium A

06

RooigrondMedium B

04

Lichtenburg

04

Zeerust

07

Mafikeng

24

Losperfontein

12

Mogwase

10

Rustenburg Med A

02

Rustenburg COE

46

Thohoyandou Medium A

64

Thohoyandou Medium B

12

Thohoyandou Female/Juvenile

13

Makhado

40

Witbank

12

Middelburg

172

Kutama-Sinthumule

27

Allandale

6

Hawequa

10

Obiqua

18

Paardeberg

42

Brandvlei Maximum

10

Brandvlei Medium

07

Brandvlei Youth Centre

26

Drakenstein Medium A

3

Drakenstein Medium B

63

Drakenstein Maximum

2

Stellenbosch

66

Goodwood

6

Buffeljagsrivier

2

Caledon

34

Overberg Medium

40

Overberg Maximum

89

Pollsmoor Remand Detention

50

Pollsmoor Medium A

18

Pollsmoor Medium B

4

Pollsmoor Medium C  

33

Pollsmoor Female

3

Beaufort West

31

George

4

Knysna

1

Ladismith

3

Mosselbay

5

Oudtshoorn Male

11

Oudsthoorn Female

1

Prince Albert

1

Uniondale

47

Malmesbury Med A

19

Malmesbury Med B

2

Voorberg Medium A

67

Voorberg Medium B

8

Vanrhynsdorp

18

Worcester Males

38

Worcester Females

2

Robertson

10

Dwarsrivier

14

Warmbokkeveld

TOTAL: 4 453

(2) (a) Social Work Services and Psychological Services are provided on a needs basis to all inmates including the mentally ill:

  • SOCIAL WORK SERVICES:NATURE OF SERVICES:
  • Intake services: Mentally ill inmates participate in intake processes where a SocialWorker engages them in the initial interview to determine the need as referred or at own request.
  • Assessment:Comprehensive assessments are conducted with individual mentally ill offenders to establish the real needs and for appropriate intervention plans to be compiled and implemented.
  • Support services: These services are rendered to mentally ill inmates and may range from information sharing to assistance with building and or maintaining family tieswhile incarcerated.

These offenders participate in either group or individual therapeutic programmes according to theneeds. Social Workers provide on-going psychosocial support to inmates and their families.

  • Referral services:These inmates are referred on a needs basis by Social Workers to other internal and or external professionals and service providers for further psychosocial assistance which includes specialized services.
  • Progress reports:Progress reports in respect of individual offenders including the mentally ill who participated in needs-based therapeutic Social Work services programmes are compiled and kept in the individual files.
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES:
  • All new admissions with mental illness and those diagnosed with mental illness whilst incarcerated are referred to the psychologist by nursing staff or unit managers for assessment and management.
  • Psychologists assess mentally ill inmates and develop individualisedtreatment plans which may involve among others referral to other stakeholders (i.e. social workers, correctional officials, nurses and psychiatrists).
  • Psychologists run support groups that address mental health issues (i.e. anxiety and depression, psychological adjustment and suicide prevention).
  • Mentally ill inmates are at liberty to request for psychological services at any given time without referral.
  • Inmates that are actively mentally ill are assessed by the psychologist and referred to a psychiatrist.
  • Psychologists provide psycho-education to mentally ill inmates on understanding their diagnosis, treatment regime and management of their overall mental health. Psychologists provide on-going psychotherapy to mentally ill inmates.
  • Psychologists provide reports to the parole board regarding offender’s mental status and risks for recidivism.
  • Psychologists conduct awareness campaigns on mental health and recognize calendar events on mental health promotion (i.e. World Mental Health Day, Suicide Prevention Week and Mental Health Awareness Month).

(2) (b) Since 2019 a project was initiated by DoH (mental health unit) in collaboration with Department of Correctional Services and Justice to remove forensic cases especially state patients to designated mental health hospitals. Provincial Observation Panels, consisting of Psychologists, psychiatric nurses and mental health Social Workers have been established by the Department of Health to fast track observation processes to finalise court processes.

Inmates with acute mental health conditions are referred to Department of Health facilities for management and decision for admission to Mental Health institutions or returned to Department of Correctional Services.

Inmates with stable mental health conditions are managed by Department of Correctional Services in terms of the Mental Health Act 17 of 2002 which constitute the 4,453 inmates in Correctional Sentences

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11 August 2020 - NW1452

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What number of cases were on the criminal court backlog roll on 26 June 2020 in respect of the (a) district and (b) regional courts?

Reply:

During the period of the lockdown, both at Risk Alert Levels 3, 4 and 5, courts dealt with a minimal number of trials. Most cases were postponed in order to limit the number of people going to courts and thereby risking the spread of the virus. Such postponements led to further increases in the already existing criminal case backlogs.

A case backlog is a case which has remained open on the roll:

(a) in case of a district court case, for a period in excess of six (6) months or more; and

(b) in case of a regional court, a case which has been on the roll for nine (9) months or more.

The statistics for backlog cases as verified with the NPA for both (a) and (b) above, are as follows:

DISTRICT COURTS

 

District Courts

 

REGIONAL COURTS

 

Regional Courts

 

EASTERN CAPE

 

6 796

 

EASTERN CAPE

 

2 148

 

FREE STATE

 

1 715

 

FREE STATE

 

1 086

 

GAUTENG

 

6 451

 

GAUTENG

 

6 339

 

KZN

 

4 815

 

KZN

 

3 205

 

LIMPOPO

 

3 216

 

LIMPOPO

 

1 404

 

MPUMALANGA

 

2 876

 

MPUMALANGA

 

1 816

 

NORTH WEST

 

2 081

 

NORTH WEST

 

1 800

 

NORTHERN CAPE

 

1 083

 

NORTHERN CAPE

 

685

 

WESTERN CAPE

 

10 733

 

WESTERN CAPE

 

3 912

 

TOTAL BACKLOG CASES

 

39 766

 

TOTAL BACKLOG CASES

 

22 395

 

There are continuous engagements between the Department and Regional Court Presidents as well as Chief Magistrates to develop mechanisms to address the escalating backlogs. The engagement has led to the establishment of the Integrated Case-Backlog Plan through which cases are being arranged for trial in terms of their priority.

It is however difficult to effectively implement the plan at this particular time due to the spikes in COVID-19 infections, which in turn lead to constant closure of courts due to positive cases of infections being confirmed randomly. The implementation of the plan will become more effective once the country has reached its peak and subsequent decline in the infection number.

11 August 2020 - NW1766

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What total amount has her department spent on (a) catering, (b) entertainment and (c) gifts (i) in the (aa) 2018-19 and (bb) 2019-20 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2020?

Reply:

What total amount has her department spent on (a) catering, (b) entertainment and (c) gifts (i) in the (aa) 2018-19 and (bb) 2019-20 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2020?      Response:

 

2018/19 R'000

2019/20 R'000

2020/21

Catering

25 745

22 686

795

Entertainment-

25

152

-

Gifts-

-

-

-

                                                                                                                        

11 August 2020 - NW1503

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What total number of staff is employed under the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) Intersite and Prasa Cooperate Real Estate Solutions (Cres) respectively; and (2) how are the functions and/or roles differentiated between Prasa CRES and PRASA Intersite?

Reply:

1. CRES has seven hundred and twenty six (726) employees. Intersite has twelve (12) employees.

2. CRES is a property management division of PRASA established to oversee the entity’s property portfolio, which includes stations, workplace and land. To execute its mandate, CRES provides suitable workplace facilities, manages railway stations and rents its non-commercial space including land to the business community, students and or citizens who have accommodation needs.

Intersite is an asset investment subsidiary of PRASA established to commercialize entity assets (moveable & immovable) through third party agreements.

11 August 2020 - NW1734

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(a) What are the names of the current toll roads and/or gates and (b)(i) which of the specified toll roads and/or gates (aa) are self-funding and/or (bb) have shortfalls and (ii) by what amount has the specified shortfalls (aa) increased and/or (bb) decreased in the past three years?

Reply:

SANRAL uses the Loan Supportable by Revenue (LSR) model to determine the viability of a toll scheme to support all its financial obligations through the projected revenue over the lifecycle of the toll scheme.It is a natural cycle for toll schemes to begin with negative cashflows in the initial years due to the impact of the initial capital outlay for construction works. The cashflows improve over the life cycle following a J-Curve pattern to the point of break even and subsequent positive cashflows.

(a) SANRAL currently has the following toll roads:

  1. N1 Huguenot
  2. N1 South
  3. N1 North
  4. N2 Tsitsikamma
  5. N2 South Coast
  6. N2 North Coast
  7. N3 Mariann Hill
  8. N4 Magalies
  9. N17 Johannesburg
  10. N17 Ermelo
  11. GFIP (eToll)

(b) (i) (aa) the following toll roads are self-funding

  1. N1 Huguenot
  2. N1 South
  3. N1 North
  4. N2 Tsitsikamma
  5. N2 South Coast
  6. N2 North Coast
  7. N3 Mariann Hill
  8. N4 Magalies
  9. N17 Johannesburg
  10. N17 Ermelo

(b) (i) (bb) the following toll roads have shortfalls

  1. GFIP (eToll)

(b) (ii) (aa) the shortfalls have increased by following amount over the past three years

  1. GFIP (eToll) had operating cost shortfall of R263 million.

(c) (ii) (bb) not applicable

11 August 2020 - NW561

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

What (a) is the current vacancy rate of his Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and (b) number of (i) critical posts are vacant, (ii) senior management service positions are vacant, (iii) acting positions are there at senior management level and (iv) vacancies are there at the (aa) State Attorney’s Office and (bb) Master’s Office?

Reply:

a) The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development embarked on a process of reprioritizing vacant posts in line with the National a) Treasury Instruction No. 2 of 2016/17 issued on 30 September 2016 and Notice 3 of 2017/18 published on 15 May 2017 as a result of the Cost Containment Measures (reduction of wage bill). The overall vacancy rate, as at 31 March 2020, was at 14% which translates to 2 567 vacant posts. However, after the reprioritization process, the vacancy rate of critical posts stood at 6.6%, which translates to 1 118 critical vacant posts.

b) (i) Regarding the number of critical posts which are vacant, Human Resources Management indicates that there are 1 118 vacant critical posts on PERSAL.

(ii) There are 44 Senior Management Services (SMS) vacant positions, which translates to a 25% SMS vacancy rate.

(iii) The information regarding vacant Senior Management Services’ posts and where acting appointments have been made, is as follows:

  • Acting Chief Master: Mrs T Bezuidenhout has been appointed until 30 June 2020;
  • Acting Deputy Director-General: Corporate Services: Mr D Mpholo has been appointed until 30 June 2020;
  • Acting Director: Human Resources Customer Management Centre: Ms N Jacobs until 30 June 2020;
  • Acting Director: Employee Relations: Mr T Sadiki until 30 June 2020;
  • Acting Director-General: Advocate JB Skosana was appointed until 31 July 2020 –
  • Acting Chief State Law Advisor: Advocate SM Masapu has been appointed until 30 June 2020;
  • Acting Head of Justice College: Advocate B Makhene-Gadini has been appointed until 30 June 2020;
  • Acting Regional Head: Western Cape: Mr R Isaacs has been appointed until 30 June 2020;
  • Acting Regional Head: Mpumalanga: Mr P M Mthimunye has been appointed until 30 June 2020;
  • Acting Regional Head: North-West: Mr J Makutle has been appointed until 30 June 2020.

(iv) (aa) There are 151 vacant posts at Offices of the State Attorney, wherein 58 vacant posts have been reprioritized as critical, which translates to a 7.1% vacancy rate.

(bb) The numbers of vacancies at the Masters’ Office, are as follows:

There are currently 156 vacant posts in the Masters’ Office, 79 of which became vacant as from 1 April 2018. This translates to a vacancy rate of

12.1%.

Furthermore, the following SMS positions have been advertised for filling:

(i) Chief Master: Advertised on 29 November 2019 and re-advertised on 20 January 2020. Process to fill the post, has commenced.

(ii) Deputy Director-General: Corporate Services: Advertised on 29 November 2019. Process to fill the post, has commenced.

(iii) Director: Employee Relations: Advertised on 20 January 2020. The post has been filled by transfer from the Department of Correctional Services.

(iv) Director-General of the DoJ&CD: Advertised on 20 January 2020, and awaiting the Presidency’s permission to go ahead with the filling of the post.

(v) Chief State Law Advisor: Advertised on 23 March 2020.

I further wish to inform the Honourable Member that I regard the filling of these vacant senior management services’ posts as crucial. The Acting Director-General has appointed a designated official in his office to accelerate the filling of these posts and co-ordinate the process of reviewing the organizational structure of the Department, in consultation with my office, the relevant Managers of the Branches concerned, and the Human Resources Management unit. The advertising and filling of vacant posts will be done in compliance with the Department of Public Service and Administration Circular No. 19 of 2020, dated 14 May 2020.

11 August 2020 - NW1814

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Thembekwayo, Dr S to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       On what basis was the decision made to close public schools from 27 July to 24 August 2020, but keep private schools open; (2) whether she has found that it is in the best interest of the education system to have one set of rules for public schools and another for private schools; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The decision to go on a school break was taken by the Cabinet. The decision was announced by the President. In the Basic Education Sector there were extensive consultations with more than 60 organisations. The process was initiated after a sudden spike in the rate of infections in communities. This resulted in fear and anxiety among parents, teachers and learners. 

(2) Stakeholders made their inputs during our consultation; including stakeholders in the independent schooling sector, also made their inputs and spelt out the implications for the closure of schools.  They indicated that their schools were not covered in the relief funds, and that some of their schools had closed down permanently due to the dire financial situation; and learners had been displaced and teachers lost jobs.  It was therefore, determined as not serving the best interest of anybody to ask private schools to go on a break.  Independent schools use a trimester system; whereas public schools use quarterly terms.  Their schools are also following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and have submitted their records of compliance to all health and safety protocols as well as social distancing to the district offices before being approved to reopen.

11 August 2020 - NW1001

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August, Mr SN to ask the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Whether, given the settlement agreement in 2018 between his department and the Departmental Bargaining Chamber on Phase 02 of the Occupational Specific Dispensation for Correctional Services Officials with former Minister of Correctional Services Mr Michael Mashuta, which was envisaged to conclude no later than 31 March 2020, the specified settlement agreement has been concluded; if not, why not; if so, by what date will the remaining beneficiaries be paid?

Reply:

The Settlement agreement 01 of 2016 on OSD for Correctional officials was concluded on 21 November 2016 and had a life span of three (03) years for implementation.

All serving officials on the system of Correctional Services were paid on the agreed preventatives measures for each specified year.

The status of payments to officials whose services were terminated through resignation or a dismissal are as follows:

  • Officials who resigned and were reappointed as ex officials in terms of the special recruitment became active on the system i.e. Persal and as such all outstanding monies owed to the officials were accordingly paid.
  • Partial payments have been finalised in respect of audited cases of terminated officials;
  • Approximately two thousand (2000) cases remain and payments are made when relevant documents have been received, captured and audited.

END

11 August 2020 - NW1435

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether her department will take any steps to assist learners who are not able to return to schools due to suffering from comorbidities to complete the 2020 academic year; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The parents of Learners with comorbidities have been advised to report their children to their schools or districts for documentation. The school then follows guidelines to support learners with comorbidities. This included preparing studying materials to guide learners for self-study. Parents collect these materials on behalf of learners on dates determined by the school. Parents then submit work done by learners back to school for marking. In addition to the print materials provided, Lessons are broadcast through SABC, DSTV and well as OVHD Broadcast Platforms and Radio Stations across the countries to provide lessons remotely to learners.

11 August 2020 - NW1685

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

(1)       What is the total number of principals in Government schools in the Republic; (2) what number of the specified school principals in each province has (a) no tertiary qualification, (b) no Grade 12 Senior Certificate, (c) a teaching qualification from a university, (d) a teaching qualification from an accredited education college and (e) a teaching qualification from a further education and training college; (3) whether any school principals at Government schools in each province have a management qualification; if so, which management qualification has been attained in each case?

Reply:

(1) As at the end of June 2020, there were 21 066 permanently appointed principals of public schools in the basic education sector.

(2) (3) In terms of section 3(1)(b) of the Employment of Educators Act, 76 of 1998, the Head of the Provincial Education Department is the employer of all educators employed at the provincial level, and therefore the requested information on (2) and (3) is kept by the Provincial Education Departments.

11 August 2020 - NW1443

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

What total amount has each province spent towards preparing schools for reopening and ensuring that health and safety guidelines are met?

Reply:

Department of Basic Education (DBE) has received responses from six (6) Provincial Education Departments (PEDs). Gauteng PED reported that there is no expenditure at the moment reported against the COVID 19 fund as provided by National Treasury and still investigating if expenditure has been incorrectly captured on the system based on the work already done. DBE will make follow-up with three (3) PEDs, namely, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and North West.

11 August 2020 - NW1475

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Basic Education to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Whether she has been informed that the North West Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Education announced that the personal protective equipment for learners will only be made available to older learners and not to younger learners at primary schools; if not, will she engage the MEC on this matter; if so, what steps does she intend taking in this regard?

Reply:

No. The MEC of the North West Education Department has not informed me.

No. I will not engage her as there is no need to do so. The procurement of COVID19 essentials has been done by respective Provincial Education Departments (PEDs), so is the distribution of such to schools and learners. Therefore, this matter does not fall within the work of the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and as such; such information should be requested from the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) in the  North West Education Department.