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This is in part due to Govern­ment’s tougher stance when it comes to hand­ing down sen­tences (and also be­cause of the abo­li­tion of the death penalty). Com­bat­ing crime has been de­clared a national Govern­ment pri­or­ity. Jeff Radebe, Min­is­ter of Jus­tice, said re­cently that in the past year alone 62 life sen­tences were handed down by the courts to rapists.

As of 27 May this year, South Africa’s in­mate pop­u­la­tion was 152 514.

About 3 449 of th­ese are fe­male. For­eign na­tion­als, mostly from Zimbabwe and Mozam­bique, com­prise 8 973 in­mates (4 087 sen­tenced), and 45 043 (30%) of the to­tal num­ber are re­mand de­tainees (peo­ple

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