SHARPENING THEIR CRIMINAL SKILLS IN JAIL
IN modern times, prison is no longer a case of an eye for an eye, but correcting the behaviour that landed the person behind bars.
That said, it does not in any way mean that life in jail should be a state-funded holiday. In this regard, the video of inmate Tebogo Makena boasting about his flashy lifestyle at Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre is disturbing.
Other inmates add salt to the wound by claiming he paid his way to a high life inside the prison.
Previously, the Soshanguve resident has been caught running an extortion scam from jail.
In reaction, Correctional Services said it was investigating the matter, but it should not end there.
The probe must include the entire system and operation at Kgosi Mampuru, which is not in the news for the wrong reasons for the first time. Just last week, a prisoner died of seizures while warders reportedly offered no help.
If they are to be fully rehabilitated, Makena and company also need to be taught valuable life lessons which will benefit them once their prison lives have ended.
It cannot be that dangerous… convicted prisoners are merely being taken away from society just so they can sharpen their criminal skills.