Correctional Services

National Department Budget for 2018-19

Vote purpose

Contribute to a just, peaceful and safer South Africa through the effective and humane incarceration of inmates and the rehabilitation and social reintegration of offenders.


The mandate of the Department of Correctional Services is derived from the Correctional Services Act (1998), the Criminal Procedure Act (1977), the 2005 White Paper on Corrections, and the 2014 White Paper on Remand Detention Management in South Africa. The legislation requires the department to contribute to maintaining and promoting a just, peaceful and safe society by correcting offending behaviour in a safe, secure and humane environment, which allows for optimal rehabilitation and reduced repeat offending.

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