29 January 2013
Department of Correctional Services has strongly condemned recent riots in
Earlier this month, prisoners at the
Groenpunt Correctional Centre at Deneysville in the Free State set fire to parts
of the facility which resulted in three prisoners being killed and over 60
Last week, at least 20 inmates at Pollsmoor
Prison in Cape Town were injured when
a riot broke out between inmates.
The Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister of
Correctional Services James Selfe said the Correctional Services Department
needs to conduct a thorough investigation about this.
Selfe Adds that It is of course absolutely
essential that the situation is stabilized.
Selfe said prisons must be places of order
and discipline, for the safety and good management of inmates and staff alike.
Futhermore Selfe said In particular as the
DA they empathise with the staff in the
institutions affected for the conditions under which they are required to
operate, which often involves exposure to violent, gang-involved inmates and
Self said that it is deeply concerning, however, that the Portfolio Committee
is hesitant to discover these conditions for itself, and it is even more
concerning that the Department is once more investigating itself.
Labels: DA: Independent investigations into prison violence necessary