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Financial Assistance for Education to TRC victims Increased

December 15, 2020

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Amounts flowing from regulations dealing with the provision of financial assistance in respect of basic education and higher education to victims identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) have been increased.

Both sets of regulations came into force in 2014.

The regulations were first published for comment in 2011 in terms of the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act of 1995.

The act established the TRC. Part of the Commission’s work involved identifying victims of conflict in pre-1994 South Africa.

The act also instructed the TRC to make recommendations to the president on the granting of reparations to victims.

The regulations flow from the recommendations as considered by the joint committee established by section 27 of the act.

The basic education regulations aim to provide assistance in respect of grade R, general education and further education to a victim and a relative of a victim.

The higher education regulations focus on the provision of assistance to victims in respect of adult basic education and training, further education and training, higher education and skills development.

The adjusted amounts, published in Government Gazette 43979 – Notices 1302 and 1303, kicked in on 1 January 2020.

Meanwhile, in Notice 1324, the justice and constitutional development department published the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Treaty between the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

Parliament ratified the Treaty in June 2020 and it entered into force on 6 October 2020.

In Notice 707, the Legal Practice Council called for applications for accreditation to present practical vocational training structured programmes.

Applications are invited until 15 December 2020.

Applications will be approved towards the end of January 2021.

In a separate matter, Training Manuals on the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons have been launched.

In a speech at the launch, the deputy minister of justice and constitutional development, John Jeffery, pointed out that the Prevention and Combatting of Trafficking in Persons Act that came into operation in August 2015 provides South Africa with a comprehensive legal tool to combat trafficking in persons in all its forms.

The deputy minister confirmed that a Generic Integrated Training Manual and Integrated Victim Assistance Standard Operating Procedures have been developed.