SHARP­EN­ING THEIR CRIM­I­NAL SKILLS IN JAIL

Pretoria News - - METRO - KENNEDY MUDZULI [email protected]

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.

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