South Africa - OPCAT Situation

Opcat status

OPCAT Signature September 20, 2006
UNCAT Ratification July 10, 1998

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.

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    Population 44 187 637
    Area (sq km) 1 219 912
    Number of prisons 237
    Prison population Approx. 164 667