1 March 2013
The IFP is extremely concerned about the
increasing attacks on prison warders by inmates. The most recent
attack happened in St Albans prison, near Port Elizabeth where
three warders were stabbed and wounded by two inmates who
attacked them with sharpened objects on Tuesday.
The IFP has previously raised this problem
with the Department of Correctional Services and will continue
raising it until proper solutions have been submitted to
parliament by the Department. We have spoken with the Department
about the mooted 7 day shift system that was agreed on by former
Correctional Services Minister, the Hon. Mapisa Nqakula. We have
also raised the issue with the current Minister, the Hon. Sbu
Ndebele and are waiting to hear how he is going to tackle this
Our prisons are already short staffed and this
places the security personnel under increased risk of attack by
prisoners because of the unmanageable ratio of warders to
prisoners. It is the Department's responsibility to protect the
lives of the prison staff and they must accordingly see to it
that their warder staff compliments are increased.
Stricter control measures must also be put in
place in order to safeguard the prison warders while they are
looking after inmates. One prison warder cannot manage 38
Prisoners must also be educated and made to
understand that by perpetrating these kinds of criminal acts
they will only be prolonging their respective stays in prison.
They will also be ineligible for parole. We call upon the Department
urgently address this matter.
IFP Spokesperson on Correctional
Services, Hon. Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 6250 0803
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252