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Parliament Seeks Comment on Correctional Services Amendment Bill

December 8, 2020


Parliament seeks comment on the Correctional Services Amendment Bill.

The bill was tabled in parliament in November 2020.

Its explanatory summary was published in Government Gazette 43931.

The bill aims to amend the Correctional Services Act, 1998, so as to:

• amend a certain definition;
• insert, delete and amend certain provisions related to parole of offenders; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

According to the explanatory summary, the bill aims to amend the act so as to amend the definition of “Minister” to align it with the portfolio(s) assigned by the president from time to time.

The bill also aims to amend the act by inserting, deleting and amending certain provisions related to the placement of sentenced offenders under day parole, parole and correctional supervision, the criteria used to determine the minimum detention period to be served before becoming eligible for consideration for placement on day parole, parole and correctional supervision and providing for matters connected therewith.

A Draft Correctional Matters Amendment Bill was published for comment in July 2020.

The portfolio committee on justice and correctional services seeks comment on the bill until 8 January 2021.

Meanwhile, in a statement, parliament reported that the speaker of parliament, Thandi Modise, has acceded to the Panel of Experts’ request to extend its timeframe.

During its first meeting on 2 December 2020, the Panel on the Public Protector decided to request the Speaker that the 30-day period prescribed in the Rules for it to conduct the inquiry be extended.

“This is premised on the fact that the evidence to be assessed is voluminous and the need to provide the Public Protector with a reasonable period, among other things.”

The Speaker will invoke Rule 6 in order to frame a temporary rule that will extend the timeframe from 30 to 90 days.