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