Parliament’s portfolio committee on justice and correctional services has expressed concern about the failure to fill critical posts in the cluster. Mathole Motshekga, the committee chairman, said that every time undertakings were given to Parliament to resolve the issue, the commissioners had left their posts before anything tangible materialised. Motshekga was reacting to the concern of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) about the effect of leadership instability in the Department of Correctional Services. "We have not had an opportunity to get a progress report. However, it is something that has been worrying us a great deal. We are putting pressure on them every time they appear before us," said Motshekga. In a statement issued on Monday after a central executive committee meeting, Popcru listed the challenges faced by workers at the department and the South African Police Service (SAPS), saying dysfunctional structures compromised service delivery and affected m...

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