Cabinet condemns Chief Justice Office break-in

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pretoria - Cabinet has expressed concern over the break-in at the Office of the Chief Justice where several computers were stolen.

Last week, 15 computers were stolen from the Office of the Chief Justice in Midrand. Three men have since been arrested in connection with the burglary.

“Such acts of criminality strike at the very heart of our constitutional democracy and have no place in our society,” Cabinet said in a statement on Thursday.

The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster, led by President Jacob Zuma, reiterated their commitment to fighting crime and calls on communities to report suspicious activities to relevant authorities.

Cabinet was also briefed on progress made on the Review of the Criminal Justice System and on the modernisation of the Criminal Justice System through the Integrated Justice System Programme.

It approved the broad framework for the development of an Integrated Criminal Justice System which will address challenges and shortcomings across the criminal justice value chain.

The Integrated Criminal Justice System is geared towards “strengthening the cooperation and integration of law enforcement agencies in realising the strategic objective of the National Development Plan (NDP) – of building safer communities and creating a resilient anti-corruption Criminal Justice System”.

This contributes to the NDP outcome that all people in South Africa are and feel safe.

National Anti-Corruption Strategy

Meanwhile, the fight against corruption which has always been on government’s radar, will also get a new life with the release of a discussion document of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy.

Cabinet approved the release of a discussion document for public consultation purposes which will result in the development of “a whole of government and societal approach”.

The strategy is intended to address corruption, both in the public and private sectors, as identified in the National Development Plan.

The rationale for developing an overarching National Anti-Corruption Strategy is to rejuvenate a national dialogue and direct energy towards practical mechanisms to reduce corruption and improve ethical practices across sectors and amongst citizens in South Africa. 

It will also provide a robust conceptual framework and strategic pillars to guide anti-corruption approaches, support coordination between government, business and civil society efforts to reduce corruption and improve accountability and ethical practice, as well as to provide a tool for monitoring progress towards a less corrupt society.

The measures introduced aim to create a resilient anti-corruption system that promotes multi-sectoral collaboration across all sectors. -


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