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South Africa - OPCAT Situation

Updated 08.08.2017

Although South Africa announced their intention to deposit the instrument of ratification of the OPCAT in September 2012, South Africa has not yet ratified the OPCAT. 

Since 2016, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, that is in charge of carrying out consultations and preparing all documentation in view of OPCAT ratification, has resumed consultations regarding the possible structure of the South African NPM.

Opcat status
OPCAT Signature September 20, 2006
UNCAT Ratification July 10, 1998
Population 44 187 637
Area (sq km) 1 219 912
Number of prisons 237
Prison population Approx. 164 667
Quick links

CAT: Concluding Observations (December 2006)

UPR: Report of the Working Group (April 2008)

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Visit: Report (December 2005)