SA to chair African prisons body

Pretoria – Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has expressed delight at South Africa’s election as Chair of the African Correctional Services Association (ACSA).

Correctional Services National Commissioner Tom Moyane was elected Chair of ACSA at the 2nd Biennial Conference, hosted by Uganda Prisons Service, in Kampala, Uganda this week.

“We are extremely delighted that South Africa has been elected Chair of the African Correctional Services Association (ACSA). By electing South Africa as Chair, ACSA recognises the significant role played by our country in this important African institution,” said Ndebele.

He said they would the position to enhance correctional services on the continent.

Representatives of more than 24 countries attended the conference in Uganda.

“As a body that brings together the correctional and prisons services in Africa, ACSA strives to take centre stage and make a profound contribution to the drive to mainstream corrections and advance penal reform in Africa, while responding to the needs and expectations of the community,” the department said in a statement.

South Africa has held the position of Secretariat of ACSA for the past two years, and hosted a successful conference in 2011.

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