2008-05-09: Law society calls for overhaul of justice system

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2008-05-09: Law society calls for overhaul of justice system

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2008-05-16 12:12

Citizen Published: 09/05/2008 10:48:01

Law society calls for overhaul of justice system

JOHANNESBURG - The Law Society of SA (LSSA) on Friday called for
an overhaul of the justice system to deal with crime in the

Co-chairmen Vincent Saldahna and CP Fourie said the scourge of
crime needed a more holistic and serious solution, which
included the proper training and deployment of police, as well
as a proper overhaul of the criminal justice system.

"Government is urged to give its undivided attention to finding
such a solution, since the unacceptable levels of crime --
particularly violent crime -- are, among other things, a serious
threat to our young democracy".

They said the LSSA was committed to assisting the state in
whatever way it could.

The LSSA also expressed concern at the statements made by the
Deputy Minister of Safety and Security, Susan Shabangu,
encouraging both members of the public and of the SA Police
Service (SAPS) to use force against suspected criminals.

"Owners of licensed firearms, be they members of the public or
the SAPS, must in terms of legislation be fully cognisant of
their rights and responsibilities as contained in legislation
governing the use of firearms," they said.

They indicated that such statements might encourage members of
the public to act unlawfully and take the law into their own
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