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Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Mr Michael Masutha
Advocate Michael Masutha

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Mr Thabang Makwetla

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Mr Zach Modise

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DCS Women United in Moving South Africa Forward

DCS hosted a Women’s indaba on 27 – 28 August 2015 to mark and celebrate the immense contribution these luminaries are making in advancing women’s interests in the workplace. This auspicious gathering brought together women, both young and old, to engage in conversation about pertinent issues affecting women and to take stock of progress made in promoting gender equality and fair treatment of women in DCS. read more ...

Minister Michael Masutha welcomes Mr Zach Modise’s appointment as National Commissioner of DCS

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv. Michael Masutha, has congratulated Mr Zach Modise on his appointment as the new National Commissioner of Correctional more ...

Six of the seven Groenpunt escapes arrested

Six, of the seven, inmates who escaped from the Groenpunt Correctional Centre, in the early hours of last Thursday (21 May 2015) morning, have been arrested. read more

Female inmates graduate as builders, chefs and beadwork trainers

Following extensive training, seventy six (76) female inmates received their certificates in Building, Construction and Plastering, Assistant Chef Training and Beadwork at a special graduation ceremony held at the Pollsmoor Correctional Centre in Cape Town today (14 May 2015). read more

Deputy Minister Makwetla to address safer schools crime awareness tour at St. Albans.

As part of initiatives to discourage more youth from doing crime and being incarcerated, the Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Mr. Thabang Makwetla will address the Safer Schools Crime Awareness Tour that will be held at St. Alban’s Correctional Centre on Friday, 15 May 2015. read more

Deputy Minister Makwetla pays moving tribute to late correctional officials.

Justice and Correctional Services Deputy Minister Mr. Thabang Makwetla has lamented the dangerous, and reckless, behaviour of motorists on the country’s roads, making a passionate plea to South Africans to return to the rule of law and mutual respect. read more

Deputy Minister Makwetla to join March against attacks on Foreign Nationals

The Deputy Minister of Correctional Services, Mr. Thabang Makwetla, will join The People’s March Against Xenophobia due to start at 13h00 today (23 April), from Peter Ross Park on Empire Road in Johannesburg and finish at the Mary Fitzgerald Square. read more

World Book Day: Promoting reading and learning amongst Inmates

More than 50 Book Clubs have been established in correctional centres across the country, to promote a culture of reading, and writing, amongst inmates. read more

Minister Masutha Denies receiving Schabir Shaik's parole application

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv. Michael Masutha, has noted with concern claims by the Democratic Alliance (DA) that he has received an application from offender Schabir Shaik for conversion of his medical parole to ordinary more

JCPS cluster media briefing: post-state of the nation address

During his SoNA, President Jacob Zuma mentioned that working together with other government institutions and social partners, government was making progress in the fight against crime and corruption. This demonstrates the concerted effort by government to break the back of crime in the more

Minister Michael Masutha announces his parole decisions on inmates Ferdi Barnard, Eugene Alexander de Kock and Clive Derby Lewis.

Today I announce my decisions on the parole applications of Messrs Ferdi Barnard, Eugene De Kock and Clive Derby Lewis, inmates incarcerated in our correctional centres. and serving sentences for various more

Learnership delivers empowered correctional officials

Altogether 446 learners, who were previously employed as control room operators, reaped the fruits of their studies on Wednesday, 27 August when they received their Corrections Services Certificates (NQF level 4) at Zonderwater Training College. read more

Address by Minister Michael Masutha at the Budget Vote Speech

It gives me great pleasure to have this opportunity to present the budget vote speech – Vote 21 – to this august house to mark the beginning of a new journey of the fifth democratic parliament with our revamped and integrated Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services. read more

Address by Deputy Minister of Correctional Services Thabang Makwetla

Allow me to take cue from my Minister and acknowledge our distinguished guests at this budget debate this morning, the eminent heads and members of the complimentary bodies which constitute the correctional services dispensation regime, on whose behalf we are also accounting today. Your valuable labour and civic duty are sincerely more

“Be in uniform, arrive on time and do quality work”

These were the words of acting National Commissioner Zach Modise when he addressed head office staff on Thursday, 26 June. read more

Youth offenders debate how to mend their ways

Youth offenders from correctional centres across the country shared the lessons of being incarcerated with officials and community members in Kimberley onTuesday, 24 more

Minister informs the public of appointment of Mr Modise as acting National Commissioner.

Minister Advocate Michael Masutha has informed the media and South African public of the appointment of Gauteng Regional Commissioner Zach Modise as acting National Commissioner of Correctional more

COO ploughs back to community

June 16, 2014 became a memorable Youth Day for learners at Vulamasango Senior Secondary in the dusty roads of Mangaung. They celebrated their day with former learners who studied there over 20 years ago and are now accomplished professionals like lawyers, doctors, and COOs and CFOs of more

Message of Condolences by the Acting National Commissioner

Acting National Commissioner Ms. Nontsikelelo Jolingana conveyed a message of condolence to the families of the five deceased officials at the Rooigrond Correctional Centre Memorial Service held on 5 June more

Learners inspired by “Take a Girl Child to work” Campaign

Not many can tell a story of meeting with a minister and asking him about his career and aspirations.During the “Take a Girl Child to Work” day, about 13 learners from different schools around Pretoria met with the new Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Advocate Michael Masutha, to ask him about his career and challenges he encountered along the way read more

Cultural festival lifts spirit of offenders

About 700 offendersfrom across the country descended upon the Olive Convention Centre in Durban for two days of vibrant song and dance in celebration of Heritage Month read more..

Ex-offenders ask for a second chance

Problems resulting from having a criminal record as a double punishment were discussed during an ex-offender Indaba at Spirit World church in Klerksdorp,North West province, on Wednesday, 25 more ..

Offenders let off steam in boxing championship

Youth offenders from all regions celebrated Youth Month in style by gauging one another’s strength and agility at the National Offender Boxing Championship held at East London Correctional Centre on 28 June. The championship formed part of the Youth Month celebrations. Sixty offenders aged between 19 and 25 years participated. They made it to the national championships after winning in their regions. In opening the derby, National Commissioner Tom Moyane told the contenders that former President Nelson Mandela, who is now fighting for his life in a Pretoria heart hospital, had been a boxer who also spent time in incarceration. read more