The Department of Correctional Services says it has re-arrested 63 out of 69 awaiting trial prisoners who escaped from Malmesbury Correctional Centre on Friday. It said the group overpowered officials at around 12:15. “The incident happened when officials were providing exercise to inmates. At the time, the centre had 451[…]
The National Commissioner of Correctional Services, Arthur Fraser, has conducted an inspection of COVID-19 isolation and quarantine sites in Estcourt in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Fraser’s visit is part of supporting all prisons to ensure that standard operating procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are in place. The department has[…]
The Department of Correctional Services says it has recorded three new Covid-19 cases, bringing the number to 172. In a statement on Thursday, department spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said recoveries were sitting at 85 after 24 officials from the Western Cape had recovered. The Eastern Cape continues to have the highest[…]
High-ranking officials in the Department of Correctional Services and secretaries of parole boards have been summoned to an urgent meeting with Justice Minister Ronald Lamola to “address the flaws of the parole system”. On Tuesday, the department released a statement indicating Lamola was taking action after high-profile child kidnap and[…]
The Department of Correctional Services will be engaging communities to get the public’s input on the Special Remission of Sentence. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a special remission on 16 December 2019, where some offenders had their sentences drastically reduced. However, President Ramaphosa said that those jailed for sexual offences and[…]
By Anees Teladia While the state of security and integrity within South African prisons has arguably always been regarded as questionable by the public, South Africa’s prisons are doing well in comparison to many other African states, according to the Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR) project. The spotlight has fallen[…]
Legal experts have lambasted the Hawks for the arrests of five-people over allegations of corruption, money laundering and fraud related to tender irregularities between Bosasa and the Department of Correctional Services. Experts warn that the arrest of former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi’s could scare off more witnesses intending to give[…]
The influx of prisoners continues to be a problem at the notorious Pollsmoor Correctional Services prison. The prison is currently holding almost double the amount of inmates than it can accommodate. Pollsmoor is currently housing 7,477 inmates, but it only has bed space for 4,336 people. After many long meetings[…]
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