n Law, Democracy & Development - Editorial

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



The last few months have seen the development of an entirely new framework for South African corrections. First, the bulk of the 1998 Correctional Services Act (I II of 1998) was promulgated, some sections becoming operative with effect from 31 July 2004 and the remainder coming into effect from I October 2004. I The 1998 Act was drafted to replace the outdated Correctional Services Act 8 of 1959 and to bring correctional standards in line with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act 108 of 1996). However, a lengthy period of more than five years elapsed before the Act was put into operation. In the event, however, the significance of the promulgation of the Act has been eclipsed. In March 2005, the Department of Correctional Services released a new White Paper on Corrections, setting a new agenda for prisons and prisoners in South Africa. A third significant development on the political front was that the Corrections portfolio in the cabinet is now headed up by a Minister and a Deputy Minister from the ruling party, unlike the previous era which saw Inkatha Freedom Party ministers in charge of Corrections since 1994.

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