New Expropriation Bill set to go through parliament

Following a meeting chaired by Deputy President David Mabuza, the inter-ministerial committee on land reform has finally published the 2020 Expropriation Bill, which is set to go through parliament soon. The land reform committee consists of minister of agriculture, land reform, and rural development Thoko Didiza, minister of justice and correctional services Ronald Lamola, and […]

Minister Lamola condemns violence outside Senekal court

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has condemned “in the strongest possible terms the anarchic violence” by protesters at the Senekal Magistrate’s Court in the Free State on Tuesday. His spokesperson, Chrispin Phiri, said preliminary reports indicated that gunshots were fired, a police vehicle was overturned and set alight, the court vandalized and court […]

Minister Ronald Lamola donates 4 000 face masks to two schools

Justice and correctional services minister Ronald Lamola says the government will not be able to adequately address societal challenges such as gender-based violence and femicide, poverty, crime, and unemployment on its own. Speaking during a visit to the Chris Hani District in the Eastern Cape on Monday, Lamola said the government would work with all […]

Minister Lamola outlines how the investigators will work with NPA to speed up prosecutions

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has outlined how the Zondo Commission and the Investigating Directorate of the National Prosecuting Authority will collaborate in the sharing of information and documents. Lamola said the two institutions have already signed a protocol on the sharing of records and the hiring of investigators of the commission by […]

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola can’t confirm alleged assassination plot on judge

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says he can’t confirm the credibility of the plot to assassinate the Deputy Judge President in the Western Cape, Patricia Goliath. According to a report, its allegedly on the orders of sitting Judge President John Hlophe. “We have received the report and upon perusal of the report, we realised that we […]

1500 hit by child maintenance glitch during lockdown

This prompted Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola to instruct acting director-general Jacob Skosana to establish the cause of the crash and come up with measures to ensure that the incidents do not occur again. Lamola revealed this in a written response to parliamentary questions by DA MP Chantel King who recently asked for […]

All 69 prisoners who escaped from Malmesbury facility rearrested

The remaining three of the 69 inmates who escaped from the Malmesbury prison on Friday have now been rearrested, the department of correctional services said on Sunday morning. The incident happened just after midday on Friday when officials were providing exercise to inmates. At the time, the centre had 451 inmates and 20 officials on […]

You will soon be able to apply online for protection orders: Justice Minister Ronald Lamola

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has announced that the public will soon apply online for protection orders as his department modernises the justice system. I am pleased that our Domestic Violence Bill will introduce modernisation in a radical form. If passed, our domestic violence bill will make it possible for one to apply for a protection […]

6 791 prisoners granted parole under lockdown dispensation

More than a third of the 19,000 inmates earmarked for release have been granted parole since May after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced their release as a measure to combat the spread of Covid-19 in prisons. However, the department had not met the deadline it set itself, July 17, for releasing all 19,000 prisoners eligible for […]

Here is who will be prosecuted if people don’t wear masks

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola said magistrates would have the final say on sentences and penalties if people were prosecuted for not wearing masks in public. Wearing a face mask is now mandatory under revised lockdown regulations. The minister is part of the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster which on Wednesday provided an update on […]