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as­sist the in­mates to es­cape. He said those who tried to do this would be charged.

The num­ber of es­capes had fallen sig­nif­i­cantly by 95.9 per­cent since 1994. For the 2012/13 year, the depart­ment had 59 es­capees and 60 es­capees for 2013/14.

“Some of the chal­lenges we face are the low lev­els of fam­ily vis­its,” he said.

Modise said pris­on­ers needed support from loved their ones. He asked fam­i­lies to con­tinue vis­it­ing and to main­tain con­tact with their im­pris­oned rel­a­tives, es­pe­cially younger in­mates.

“In­car­cer­a­tion di­min­ishes and un­der­mines fam­ily con­nec­tions,” he said.

Yes­ter­day, emer­gency support teams and the tac­ti­cal and high-risk teams demon­strated the se­cu­rity mea­sures they had in place to han­dle the fes­tive sea­son.

Sev­eral in­mates and ju­ve­nile await­ing-tri­al­ists at­tended the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Modise and the sport­ing bod­ies present signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing, agree­ing to pro­vide their ser­vices to help with all the ac­tiv­i­ties.

The op­er­a­tion started on Tues­day and will con­tinue un­til Jan­uary 13. Of­fi­cials said they would look into tak­ing the games fur­ther and in­tro­duc­ing their own cham­pi­onship games to lift ev­ery­one’s spirit at this time.


HALT­ING PRISON BREAKS: Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices act­ing na­tional Com­mis­sioner Zach Modise launched Op­er­a­tion Vala to en­sure a se­cure fes­tive sea­son for pris­on­ers at Joburg Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre. Mem­bers of the me­dia are given a demon­stra­tion of how an es­cape by pris­on­ers is thwarted.

PLAY­ING BALL: Bas­ket­ball is one of the pas­times of­fered to women serv­ing time at the prison.

PASS­ING TIME: In­mates keep them­selves busy by play­ing snooker at Jo­han­nes­burg Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre.

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