• With numerous types of scams around, it is vital that we know how to pay attention to avoid falling victim to these scammers. Our Community Safety Tips published from p48 in Servamus: August 2022 provides valuable tips on spotting scams.

  • Scammers are greedy con-artists who want to make as much money as they can and without thinking about the harm they cause to others. Our article published from p10 in Servamus: August 2022, warn readers about a variety of scams to watch out for.

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Introduction
Have you, the reader (in particular law enforcement officers) ever heard of the following?

  • Union for Police Security and Corrections Organisation;
  • South African Custodial Management (Pty) Ltd;
  • Kensani Corrections Management;
  • Royal Mnandi (Pty) Ltd;
  • Tec-Tron Maintenance (Pty) Ltd; and
  • JFE Security

According to paragraph [3] of the Constitutional Court (“the Concourt”) judgment in Union for Police Security and Corrections Organisation v South African Custodial Manage-ment (Pty) [“the SACM”] Ltd and Others [2021] ZACC 26 (CC), the said SACM is a company that provides prison (sic) services to the Department of Correctional Services (“the DCS”) in terms of a public-private partnership (note this expression) with the DCS. Kensani Corrections Management; Royal Mnandi; Tec-Tron Maintenance; and JFE Security, all referred to supra, are all subcontractors of SACM in its provision of services to the DCS under the said partnership supra.

The said Concourt judgment supra, is not relevant as far as the discussion that follows, is concerned.

Discussion
As a matter of interest, from the preceding it is clear that the DCS outsource some of their powers and functions to private companies. Is this allowed? The answer is “yes” as it is provided for in Chapter XIV (from section 103 to 112) of the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998 (“Act 111 of 1998”) under the heading “Public-Private partnership correctional centres”.

In this regard, sections 103 and 104 of Act 111 of 1998 provide for the appointment of a “Contractor” in respect of a specified correctional centre. In section 1 of Act 111 of 1998 a “Contractor” is defined as that “in relation to a public-private partnership correctional centre, means any party who contracted with the State for the design, construction, financing or operating of a correctional centre”.

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