Webinar Series: Key issues in the NPA - Are we understanding the problem correctly?
Mar 15, 2022 10:00 AM to Mar 18, 2022 11:30 AM Zoom Meeting
Author: Crystal
Published: Mar 11, 2022

In a series of five Issue Papers, Lukas Muntingh and Jean Redpath take a few steps back and ask whether we are indeed problematising the correct issues and, if so, are we problematising the issue in a manner that will restore trust and thus legitimacy in the NPA. From this position we can also examine our current and future expectations of the NPA.

Criminal justice, human rights and COVID-19 - a comparative study of measures taken in five African countries: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia
Oct 13, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Zoom Meeting
Author: Crystal
Published: Oct 08, 2021

Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR) has produced a compendium of reports on the COVID-19 measures taken in five African countries, namely; Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zambia. Please join ACJR for a 90-minute webinar to release the main findings.

Prosecution Priorities: Selecting for success or prosecuting for impact?
Sep 22, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Zoom Meeting
Author: Crystal
Published: Sep 15, 2021

This webinar is based on a paper which seeks to understand why that might be the case and proposes a process and a logic for developing prosecution priorities which may change this result and improve the impact of prosecutions.

Julius Osega Memorial Lecture 2021
Jul 16, 2021 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM Zoom
Author: Jean
Published: Jul 07, 2021

16 July 2021: The Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights, University of the Western Cape, and the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, cordially invite you to the Julius Osega Memorial Lecture 2021:

The one-year ‘unwanted anniversary’ of COVID-19 restrictions: Reviewing the 2020 lockdown
Aug 12, 2022 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Author: Jean
Published: Mar 19, 2021

26 March 2021: This webinar reviews the imposition of a “hard” lockdown on 26 March 2020 by the South African government. It forms part of a series on the "unwanted anniversary" from the various units of the Dullah Omar Institute. This webinar focuses on the balancing of rights and the use of the criminal justice system in imposing restrictions in South Africa.

Prisoners’ right to vote in Africa
Nov 19, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Author: Jean
Published: Nov 08, 2020

19 November 2020: This webinar will reflect on the state of play concerning prisoners’ right to vote in Africa and also cast a light on near-future elections, such as in Uganda and Zambia scheduled for 2021.

Recommendations for reform of South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority
Nov 03, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Author: Jean
Published: Oct 26, 2020

03 November 2020: ACJR has distilled some proposed key areas of reform which are likely to have multiplier-benefit while maintaining a balance between benefit and achievability; the authors will discuss and seek comment from participants on these recommendations for reform in this webinar.

Democratic Policing – a conceptual framework to make this happen
Oct 28, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Author: Jean
Published: Oct 21, 2020

28 October 2020: Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR) and the Civilian Secretariat for Police Services are hosting a webinar on 28 October 2020 on democratic policing and what this means for South Africa.

Western Cape Provincial Police Ombudsman 2019/2020 Annual Performance Report
Aug 12, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Author: Jean
Published: Jul 31, 2020

12 August 2020: Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR) is hosting a discussion with the Western Cape Provincial Police Ombudsman, Johan Brand, regarding his office’s 2019/20 Annual Performance Report. The Western Cape is the only province in South Africa with a Police Ombudsman and thus presents a unique opportunity to explore this institution.

II Seminário Formativo sobre Direitos Humanos aplicados à Justiça Criminal na Província de Sofala: O Impacto Socioeconómico da Prisão Preventiva
Aug 04, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Author: Jean
Published: Jul 30, 2020

4 Agosto 2020: Em muitos países, a lei permite a prisão preventiva para garantir a comparência do acusado em julgamento. O Estudo sobre o Impacto Socioeconómico da Prisão Preventiva no Quénia, Zâmbia e Moçambique procurou confirmar e quantificar o impacto socioeconómico de tal detenção para os reclusos, suas famílias, e agregados familiares, nos principais centros urbanos dos três países.

South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority – looking ahead
Jul 15, 2020 to Jul 22, 2020
Author: Jean
Published: Jul 10, 2020

15, 16, 21 and 22 July 2020: Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR) will host a series of four one-hour webinars about the National Prosecuting Authority in July 2020 with a particular emphasis on the way forward. An independent prosecution authority, free from political interference, is fundamental to any democracy’s criminal justice system. South Africa created a new National Prosecuting Authority in 1998, which is the linchpin of accountability and for responding to crime in South Africa. No other entity has the original power to prosecute. The appointment and dismissal process of the National Director of Public Prosecution (NDPP) and other senior prosecutors is key to the independence and accountability of its functioning. Performance of the prosecuting authority should be anchored on the rule of law, accountability, public interest and trust. Looking to the future we need to acknowledge what went wrong with the NPA, but also take lessons and see how we can develop solutions relating to law, policy and practice reform. Ultimately, we are seeing a prosecution service that enjoys legitimacy because it is trusted by the public to act in the broad public interest. ACJR will launch a series of infographics at each webinar to stimulate the discussions. The interactive webinars will be facilitated by Lukas Muntingh, Jean Redpath and Kristen Petersen from ACJR.

COVID-19 and Petty Offences in West Africa
Jun 04, 2020 from 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM Register in advance for this meeting on Zoom: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Author: Janelle
Published: Jun 02, 2020

2 June 2020: Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR) will facilitate a webinar discussion on COVID-19 and petty offences and its impact on marginalized groups in West Africa. Governments across Africa have put measures as a response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, through the establishment of either states of emergencies or states of disasters. While these and other additional measures are a response to the crisis, the enforcement of lockdown regulations has also created new sets of petty offences which previously did not exist. The poor and marginalized are worst impacted as many have been forced to breach the rules and regulations for the purposes of survival. Members of the campaign on the Decriminalisation of Petty Offences in Africa will have a general discussion on the COVID-19 regulations in their respective countries, addressing the impact thereof on persons (including vulnerable groups such as women and girls) and highlighting their organizational efforts and recommendations to addressing an appropriate response to dealing with the pandemic. Panelists will include representatives from South Africa, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Guinea Conakry. Date: Thursday, 4th June 2020 Time: 11:00am (GMT) 12:00pm (WAT) 13:00pm (SAST) Register in advance for this meeting on Zoom: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Alcohol and South Africa's drop in Crime
May 12, 2020 from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Author: Jean
Published: May 15, 2020

12 May 2020: ACJR's Jean Redpath was a discussant in a seminar hosted by the Institute for Security Studies discussing the Minister of Police's claim that the drop in crime during lockdown could be attributed to the ban on the sale of alcohol.

'Policing, Safety and Marginalization'
Dec 12, 2019
Author: Jean
Published: Jan 30, 2020

11 December 2019: ACJR researcher Janelle Mangwanda presented at a roundtable meeting held at Ford Foundation in Banana Island, Lagos, Nigeria, hosted by the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF).

Consultative meeting: Assessing the prospects for the decriminalisation and declassification of petty offences in Africa
Dec 04, 2019 Cape Town
Author: Jean
Published: Dec 04, 2019

04 December 2019: Representatives from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda met in Cape Town to review a draft assessment tool developed by Africa Criminal Justice Reform. The purpose of the meeting was to elicit comments on the draft assessment tool to be used to engage with policy makers and government officials regarding the decriminalisation and declassification of petty laws.

South Africa: Round Table Discussion: Appointing the leadership of the NPA
Nov 20, 2019 Rosebank, Johannesburg
Author: Jean
Published: Oct 09, 2019

20 November 2019: Hosted by the Dullah Omar Institute (DOI) and Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI). The Constitution and the NPA Act provide that the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) is appointed by the President, who may also, after consultation with the NDPP and Minster of Justice, appoint up to four Deputy National Directors of Public Prosecution (DNDPP). The President similarly appoints the Provincial Directors of Public Prosecutions (PDPP). This rather opaque process remained in place until Right2Know brought a court application in 2018 that the interviews for the position of NDPP should be conducted in public. Right2Know was successful and the interviews that resulted in the appointment of Adv. Shamila Batohi as NDPP set an important precedent In August 2019 the Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions (DNDPP) Silas Ramaite took early retirement. Given the workload and demands on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) it is essential that the vacancy be filled. Since the DNDPP and the NDPP are both appointed by the President, it follows that the precedent set in the appointment of Adv. Batohi must now also be followed in filling the vacancy left by the departure of Ramaite, or is it that simple? Why is it that the President that must appoint the Deputies and not the NDPP that appoints her Deputies? Please join us for a roundtable discussion on reviewing the appointment of the leadership of the NPA with the aim to develop proposals for law, practice and policy reform. Presentations by Lukas Muntingh (DOI), Jean Redpath (DOI) and Florencia Belvedere (PARI).