MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Jail Living Conditions Must Improve

02 October 2013    

 

 

The IFP calls on the Minister of Correctional Services, Dr Sbusiso Ndebele, to clarify what strategies will be used to improve living conditions in correctional service centres.

 

IFP Spokesperson on Correctional Services, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu, MP, said "The 2012/13 annual report of the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) on living conditions in South African jails proves that the department of correctional services is failing to take proper care of inmates. Inmates are still entitled to basic services and rights. The minister must establish an independent prison inspection authority in order to regulate and standardise prison living conditions and amenities"

 

Ndlovu further stated that "The Integrated Justice System must consider new strategies regarding the mobility of judges in order to reduce awaiting trial periods and assist in eliminating the overcrowding in our correctional centres. Rehabilitation of prisoners must be prioritised to ensure that offenders who are re-integrated into our communities do not reoffend"

 

The IFP is extremely concerned by the overcrowding in our prisons, which contributes to the prolific spread of diseases due to poor ventilation, weak nutrition and inadequate or inaccessible medical care. Priority strategies must include the full implementation of the Stop TB Strategy, particularly addressing TB/HIV co-infection in our incarcerated population.

 

 

Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Correctional Services, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803

 

Or contact

IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675