Pri­son of­fi­cials served let­ters of sus­pen­sion

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - News - KUTULLO MADISHA ku­tul­lom@the­newage.co.za

TEN of the 13 pri­son of­fi­cials from the Jo­han­nes­burg Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice have been served with let­ters of in­ten­tion to sus­pend af­ter ex­plicit pho­tographs of pris­on­ers be­ing en­ter­tained by strip­pers sur­faced on so­cial me­dia at the week­end.

Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice Michael Ma­sutha said: “The re­main­ing three will be served when they are of­fi­cially back on duty. Once more, al­low me to apol­o­gise to the cit­i­zens of South Africa for this in­ci­dent. We will en­sure it is does not hap­pen again.”

He said the na­tional com­mis­sioner had ap­pointed a num­ber of task teams from 2014 to 2016 to con­duct sev­eral clean-up oper­a­tions at cor­rec­tional cen­tres.

A Par­lia­men­tary over­sight com­mit­tee said what tran­spired was a re­flec­tion of the deep­en­ing moral de­gen­er­a­tion in so­ci­ety

The chair­per­son of Par­lia­ment’s port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on jus­tice and cor­rec­tional ser­vices, Mathole Mot­shekga, said this went against the man­date to re­ha­bil­i­tate con­victs.

Ma­sutha said that since as­sum­ing of­fice in 2014, he had con­sid­ered 1124 pa­role ap­pli­ca­tions of lif­ers.

Of th­ese, Ma­sutha re­leased 291 of­fend­ers on pa­role. He also said na­tional com­mis­sioner Zach Modise would re­tire at the end of Au­gust.

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