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South Africa - OPCAT Situation

Updated 19.07.2013

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. 
The APT has been informed that ratification may be approved by the Cabinet in June 2013 and, subsequently, be submitted to the Parliament. Furthermore, South Africa is likely to ratify with a declaration under Art. 24, Part IV OPCAT (delaying the designation of the NPM for three years).

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)