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[…]
While many uninterested in the conditions of prisons, or the state of prisoners for that matter, spiritual leaders and faith-based organisations are trying their best to heal those “broken” souls who have harmed and wronged society in various ways. This has culminated in a three-day spiritual care expo to be[…]
Questions are being raised about the security of the Pollsmoor Correctional Facility after six inmates escaped from Medium B5 of the prison at 10pm on Sunday night. Five of the men, aged between 21 and 25, have since been apprehended in Kalksteenfontein, Blackheath, Stellenbosch and Ocean View. The only outstanding[…]
Three Pollsmoor prisoners have been re-arrested, while a manhunt continues for three other inmates who were escaped from the correctional facility on Sunday night. The six youth offenders escaped from the B4 section of the prison, after using their bed posts to break their cell’s burglar bars. Three of the[…]
The Wynberg Magistrate’s Court is expected to rule whether Anthony Peter Freedendal, who has been found guilty of sexually abusing eight Cape Town children, should be extradited to Australia. Freedendal, 76, faces 15 charges of indecent assault, five of persistent sexual offences with a child and four charges of sexual[…]
Some progress has been made in reducing overcrowding at Pollsmoor’s awaiting trial facility but there is much more to be done, says Sonke Gender Justice in a response to the Department of Correctional Services’ action plan on problems at the prison. The action plan was ordered by the Western Cape[…]
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[…]
The State has indicated it will oppose bail for a 79-year-old man accused of killing a man on his Athlone property. The man made a brief appearance in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Monday and is being held in the hospital section of Pollsmoor Prison because of his age, his[…]
A Facebook page allegedly publishing photos from within Pollsmoor prison is causing a stir, with the Western Cape Department of Community Safety now demanding an investigation into its authenticity. The page, which was reportedly started in January and has since garnered over 3000 likes, has raised question marks as to[…]
Three inmates at the Pollsmoor prison in Cape Town who opened a Facebook page and posted images of themselves in jail, will face disciplinary action soon, the Department of Correctional Services said on Friday. “An investigation has been opened, and a joint operation, comprising correctional services and other law enforcement[…]
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