n Journal of Public Administration - Oversight in the criminal justice system : a critical analysis

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



The post-democratic South Africa saw a dramatic change of management and management approaches. The National Peace Accord, the African National Congress' document and the constitutional dispensation paraded an intertwined alignment of government operations to new policies. Amongst these alignments is the accountability of the managers within the public service, and particularly the criminal justice system in this instance. Accountability is one of the hallmarks of democracy. In an effective democracy, the public servants serve and protect the interests of the society in accordance with the societal aspirations and legitimate expectations. Holding the public servants to account for their plans, actions and decisions ensure quality of the service rendered and alleviates unnecessary conflicts. Accountability also serves as a scrutiny instrument - a way of providing insulation against internal and external interference with the proper functioning of the public service. The pertinent question therefore is : Are the instruments of accountability in the public service, particularly the criminal justice system sharp enough to add value to the services rendered?

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