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The Justice Forum website was set up by the Independent Projects Trust (IPT) as part of a Five Year Criminal Justice Strengthening Initiative in order to provide information around the Criminal Justice Sector and encourage greater intersectorial co-operation and knowledge building.

In particular the intention is to provide information around new initiatives, interesting projects and documentation relating to developments such as Case Flow Management (CFM) and Community Prosecution The site also provides a vehicle for the KZN judicial education and training committee to share information amongst magistrates.

And while you are here have a look at the South African Legal Information Institute - excellent source of case law - click here


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South Africa: Death of Mozambican man at hands of police "shocking"

Media reports and cell phone footage apparently showing South African police tying a Mozambican man to the back of a police vehicle and dragging him down the road are "shocking", Amnesty International said today.

The man is reported to have died later in a police cell from head injuries.

"This appalling incident involving excessive force is the latest in an increasingly disturbing pattern of brutal police conduct in South Africa," said Noel Kututwa, Amnesty International's southern Africa director.

"The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) must be fully supported in conducting its investigation to ensure those responsible are brought to justice."

"Amnesty International urges the South African government to make a public commitment to ensure that the police stop the use of excessive force and deliberate targeted killings."

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) received 720 new cases for investigation of suspicious deaths in custody or in other policing contexts from April 2011 to March 2012.

"Roots of the crisis facing the South African police"
Gareth Newham, Division Head, Governance, Crime and Justice Division, ISS Pretoria
The South African Police Service once again finds itself in the spotlight over abuse. Fixing the problem requires starting at the top.

"PRESS RELEASE: Hate Crimes Abound across South Africa, but are Poorly Documented "
New research by the Hate Crimes Working Group (HCWG) shows worrying trends: there is limited and inconsistent documentation of hate crimes in the country, which makes these crimes harder to combat.

"TURNAROUND NEWSLETTER 2012 edition 28 "
This monthly newsletter show-cases the progress of the NCS project and discusses relevant issues.

"Pierre de Vos: E-tolling judgement - Sorry for Gauteng, but it's perfectly lawful "
In the judgment of National Treasury and Others v Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) and Others, the Constitutional Court overturned the interim interdict granted by the High Court in April, which halted the implementation of e-tolling on Gauteng’s improved highway system.

"failing to prosecute "
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is pivotal in the criminal justice system and to the proper functioning of South Africa's democracy. A new monograph by ISS analyses the independence, accountability and performance of the NPA, in relation to the NPA's core function of prosecution.

"Combating Hate Crime In SA "
A local task team has revealed in-depth research on violence and discrimination

"Hate and Intolerance Cited as Aggravating Factor in Sentencing "
Triangle Project is relieved that the 4 men convicted of murder of Zoliswa Nkonyana have finally been sentenced
Read More on this story here

"South African lesbian's killers get 18 years "
CAPE TOWN — A South African judge sentenced four men convicted of murdering a Cape Town lesbian to 18 years in prison Wednesday, six years after her killing cast a spotlight on homophobic crimes.

"Fit to be chief justice? "
There is never a dull political day in South Africa. President Jacob Zuma's announcement yesterday that Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is his choice as the next chief justice is unsurprising but disappointing.

"New Chief Justice Mogoeng, the answer to Zuma's judicial prayers "
Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng has been nominated by President Jacob Zuma to replace retired Judge Sandile Ngcobo as Chief Justice, an indication that institution building is now top of Zuma's judicial agenda. CARIEN DU PLESSIS reports.

"Sections of Children’s Act declared unconstitutional"
The start of Child Protection Week yesterday has been given a boost by the Pretoria High Court

"Qwelane hate speech ruling welcomed"
Johannesburg - Former Sunday Sun columnist Jon Qwelane was found guilty of hate speech by the Johannesburg Equality Court on Tuesday.

"Govt team to fight gay hate crimes "
Johannesburg - A national task team will be set up to tackle hate crimes against lesbians and gays, the justice and constitutional development ministry said on Wednesday.

"SA Justice also on trial "
South Africa’s criminal justice system and its prisons will go on trial alongside Shrien Dewani when his extradition hearing begins

"Judges shun judicial training job"
"WITH few applications received for the post of director of the Judicial Education Institute, the institute would now be headed by Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo and Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, Department of Justice spokesman Tlali Tlali said yesterday."
(14 April 2011)

"Department of Home Affairs JUDGMENT"
(11 Febuary 2011)

"Home Affairs criticised"
The North Gauteng High Court handed down judgment and criticised the Department of Home Affairs´ detaining asylum seekers without verifying their status
(11 Febuary 2011)

"Just another poodle"
Financial Mail

"Background on the prosecutions policy legal challenge: The Story of Five South African Families"

"NPA Prosecution Policy for Apartheid Crimes Struck Down"

"Street Crime Plan a Winner"
The Sunday Tribune

"New Justice Minister aims for more Women Judges"
The Sunday Tribune

"Collaborative Report Strengthens Justice Indicators"

"Mbeki's Big Crime Plan "

"Administrator wants to sell 'bad building' in court "
The Mercury

"Bid to change child-rape law "
The Mercury
- pg 6

"System of appointing magistrates 'is flawed' "
The Mercury - pg 7

"Judicial reformation on the rocks "
Sunday Tribune

"Blazing a trail"
The Mercury - Page 8



  Criminal Justice Strengthening Project 2011