Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services is the justice minister in the government of South Africa. He is the political head of the Department of Justice and Correctional Services, which is responsible for administrative support to the courts, oversight of the National Prosecuting Authority, the provision of legal services to departments of state, law reform and Correctional Services.

South Africa
Minister of Justice and
Correctional Services
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Ronald Lamola

since 30 May 2019
Department of Justice and
Correctional Services
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerJacob Zuma
Inaugural holderJ. B. M. Hertzog
Formation31 May 1910
DeputyThabang Makwetla
WebsiteDepartment of Justice and Correctional Services

Prior to May 2014, Correctional Services was a separate department and the justice department was named the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.[2][3]

As of 2019 the incumbent is Michael Masutha, who was appointed to the position by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2019. His deputies are John Jeffery and Inkosi Phathekile Holomisa.[4][5]


This list contains all persons to hold the position of justice minister from the founding of the Union of South Africa to the current time (2011):

Minister Party Incumbency Under
J. B. M. Hertzog SAP 1910–1912 Prime Minister Louis Botha
Jacobus Wilhelmus Sauer SAP 1912–1913
Nicolaas Jacobus de Wet SAP 1913–1919
1919–1924 Prime Minister Jan Smuts
Tielman Roos NP 1924–1929 Prime Minister J. B. M. Hertzog
Oswald Pirow NP 1929–1933
Jan Smuts SAP/UP 1933–1939
Colin Fraser Steyn UP 1939–1945 Prime Minister Jan Smuts
Harry Lawrence UP 1945–1948
Charles Robberts Swart NP 1948–1954 Prime Minister Daniel François Malan
1954–1958 Prime Minister Johannes Gerhardus Strijdom
1958–1959 Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd
Frans Erasmus NP 1959–1961
B. J. Vorster NP 1961–1966
Petrus Cornelius Pelser NP 1966–1974 Prime Minister B. J. Vorster
Jimmy Kruger NP 1974–1978
1978–1979 Prime Minister P. W. Botha
Alwyn Schlebusch NP 1979–1980
Kobie Coetsee NP 1980–1984
1984–1989 State President P. W. Botha
1989–1994 State President F. W. de Klerk
Dullah Omar ANC 1994–1999 President Nelson Mandela
Penuell Maduna ANC 1999–2004 President Thabo Mbeki
Brigitte Mabandla [1st female] ANC 29 April 2004 – 25 September 2008
Enver Surty ANC 25 September 2008 – 10 May 2009 President Kgalema Motlanthe
Jeff Radebe ANC 11 May 2009 – 24 May 2014 President Jacob Zuma
Michael Masutha ANC 25 May 2014 – 29 May 2019
Ronald Lamola ANC 30 May 2019 - Present President Cyril Ramaphosa

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Determination salaries and allowances of the Deputy President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers Archived 2016-01-29 at the Wayback Machine", Proclamation No. 3 of 2015.
  2. ^ "President Jacob Zuma announces members of the National Executive, Pretoria". The Presidency. 25 May 2014. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  3. ^ Wynn, Craig (25 May 2014). "Zuma announces new Cabinet". EWN. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Justice/Contacts/Ministry". Department of Justice. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  5. ^ "DCS". Retrieved 18 July 2014.