Justice and correctional services committee recommends candidates for information regulator, SAHRC and NCCS

Below please find the official press release form parliament:

Parliament, Wednesday 18 May 2016 –The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services met and recommended candidates for the Information Regulator as well as the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

Subsequent a briefing yesterday by the Department of Justice and Correctional Services pertaining to the list of candidates that should be appointed and serve on the National Council for Correctional Services (NCCS), the Committee was in concurrence with the proposed candidates by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services as to the public representatives who should serve on the NCCS.

In terms of the Correctional Services Act, the Minister must appoint four or more persons, not in full-time employ of the state, as representatives of the public in consultation with the relevant Parliamentary Committees. A total of 42 nominations were received. The proposed candidates to serve on the NCCS are: Mr IL de Klerk, Ms TS Monyamane, Ms L Rataemane, Adv. KA Mahumani, Rev JP Clayton, Ms A Vilakazi, Dr V Chetty and Mr M Nkopo.

Committee Chairperson, Dr Mathole Motshekga said, the Committee further recommended that the Minister should consider increasing the number of candidates with expertise in the category of community justice systems within the NCCS.

In terms of the Information Regulator, the Committee recommended Adv. Pansy Tlakula as Chairperson of the body. Mr Johannes Weapond and Adv. Lebogang Stroom have been recommended to serve full time whilst Mr Sizwe Snail and Prof Tana Pistorius are to serve on a part time basis. The Committee received 39 nominations and 10 candidates were interviewed.

The Committee also recommended that Mr Andre Gaum and Mr Edward Lambani fill the two vacancies of Commissioners on the SAHRC. The Committee received ten nominations and eights candidates were interviewed. Both sets of recommendations will be sent to the National Assembly for adoption.

ISSUED BY PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, DR MATHOLE MOTSHEKGA

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