Sunday, April 13, 2014

Number of remand detainees reduced


Bulelani Guwa
13 April 2014

The Department of Correctional Services on Thursday said it is improving management of remand detainees with more than 380 awaiting-trial detainees are no longer in remand detention. 

Minister of Correctional Services Sibusiso Ndebele has said the issue of remand detainees is a big concern.

Ministerial Spokesperson Logan Maistry said as a result of the implementation of Section 49 G of the Correctional Services Act in July last year, the  number of remand detainees who have been in detention for more than 24 months was reduced from approximately  2200 to 1816 .

“Section 49 G of the Correctional Services Act determines that   a remand detainee may not be detained for a period exceeding two years without such matter having being brought to the attention of the court concerned”  said Maistry.

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