Prison officials served letters of suspension
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.