South Africa's Criminal Justice System: Policy and Priorities

South Africa's Criminal Justice System: Policy and Priorities

This paper presents a policy and budget analysis of the criminal justice sector – police, courts, prisons and some aspects of the welfare system – in South Africa. It outlines the priorities of the criminal justice agencies in South Africa by describing recent national government policy and budget allocations. It also examines new developments, such the business-supported 'integrated justice system' initiative.


Eric Pelser
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Eric Pelser is a consultant part of the ISS as head of the ENACT Programme, which aims to enhance Africa’s capacity to respond to transnational organized crime. Over the past 25 years, Eric has worked in government, the non-governmental and corporate sectors in a number of African countries. He has extensive experience in the public safety and development field, in the areas of programme management, design, evaluation and research.

Janine Rauch
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Janine Rauch, an independent consultant, is the former Director of a technical advisory facility designed to Strengthen the Uganda Government's Anti-Corruption Response (SUGAR). She obtained her MPhil Criminology from Cambridge University and Post Graduate Diploma Monitoring & Evaluation Methods Monitoring & Evaluation Methods from Stellenbosch University.

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