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 mandate from a number of acts, which
cover all the categories of the department’s functions. These include: the
establishment of magistrates’ courts and appointment of magistrates and other
judicial officers, their conditions of service; discipline and training; the
establishment and functioning of the Special Investigating Unit and the
National Prosecuting Authority, including the Asset Forfeiture Unit; the
conduct of criminal proceedings; the prosecution 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; the management of third party funds; and support to
chapter 9 institutions.
The Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the budget for the new financial year.
A department's programmes are the activities that it spends money on during the financial year. Different programmes have different expenditure budgets, depending on their requirements and available finances. More detail on the programmes is available in the department's Estimates of National Expenditure documents.
Each chart shows the budgeted spending by each sub-programme of that programme.
Each chart shows the budgeted spending by economic classification under that Programme.
Each chart shows the budgeted spending of each Programme under that Economic Classification.
The Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure (AENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the adjusted budget.
These charts show changes to the spending plans originally published in the Estimates of National Expenditure. Details of these changes are published in the Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure.
Total adjustment to the original budget for this department.
Changes to planned spending between categories within this department.
Adjustments as percentage of these budgets:
Budgeted and actual expenditure/allocations for a department can increase or decrease from year to year. Changes in expenditure for a department can be because of changes in the activities of the department, because of changes in priorities between departments, because of cost efficiencies or because of increases in the price of goods and services due to inflation.
The chart shows the department’s actual expenditure for past years, and budgeted expenditure for the current year and the upcoming three years of the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF). By adjusting these numbers to take inflation into account, it is possible to determine if a department’s expenditure is really increasing or decreasing in real terms, as compared to the rest of the economy.
Previous financial years indicate actual expenditure while upcoming financial years indicate estimated expenditure:
Compare the adjusted appropriation to the main appropriation to see whether changes were made in the adjustments budget to the appropriations set out in the budget. The audited outcome shows what was actually spent.
Note: Direct charges against the National Revenue Fund are excluded.
Read more in the Annual Report on the department's website.
Compare the amount of budget allocated to each of this deparment’s programmes at each phase in the process leading up to the Audited Outcome
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