Uphold and protect the Constitution and the rule of law, and render
accessible, fair, speedy and cost effective administration of justice in the
interests of a safer and more secure South Africa.
In addition to its constitutional mandate, the Department of Justice and
Constitutional Development derives its legislative mandate from a number of
acts, which cover all the categories of the department’s functions. These
include: the establishment of magistrates’ courts and appointments of
magistrates and other judicial officers, their conditions of service, and
discipline and training; the establishment and functioning of the National
Prosecuting Authority, the Special Investigating Unit and the Asset Forfeiture
Unit; the conduct of criminal proceedings; the investigation of organised
crime and corruption, and the forfeiture of assets obtained through illicit
means; provision of witness protection to vulnerable and intimidated witnesses
and their related persons in judicial proceedings; the establishment and
functioning of bodies responsible for legal aid, law reform and rule making;
the appointment of masters of the high courts, and the administration of the
Guardian’s Fund and deceased and insolvent estates; the regulation and
provisioning of legal advisory services to government departments; the
promotion, protection and enforcement of certain human rights; the protection
of vulnerable groups; and support to chapter 9 institutions.
The Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) sets out the detailed spending plans of each government department for the coming year.
National Treasury, departments and commitees are busy with different things depending on the time of year: