THE CRITICS SAY
Selfe says a lack of policy consistency in the DCS has been compounded by a lack of stability and continuity in the senior management in the department.
“Since 2007, there have been four national commissioners, and two lengthy periods during which Jenny Schreiner acted as national commissioner. During the same time, there have been three CFOs: one is awaiting trial for bribery, fraud and corruption; one lasted a couple of months and the last one departed with the previous minister. The post of CFO is currently vacant. How can there be clarity of vision and purpose of leadership with this sort of turn-over?
“There is a constant changing of plans, no consistency and no follow-through. Perhaps the greatest failing of the Department is the fact the budget of the DCS is clearly not aligned with its strategic objectives. If the Department wants to rehabilitate offenders and reintegrate them into the community, then it must put the right amount of resources behind rehabilita-