10 January 2013
IFP Spokesperson on Correctional Services, Mr
Velaphi Ndlovu said "The recent eruption of rioting at Groenpunt
prison in the Free State on Monday underlines the urgent need
for more prisons.
Overcrowding of prisons renders then unmanageable and incidents
like this occur. The
IFP therefore urges the Minister of Correctional Services to
request additional budget allocation from treasury for the
building of more prisons".
"The IFP also condemns the behaviour of those
inmates who set alight cells and offices and trusts that those
responsible for same will be dealt with through our criminal
justice system. Inmates have rights to raise grievances but
those grievances must be aired within the realm and forums of
the legal frameworks provided for same" said Ndlovu.
Contact: IFP Spokesperson on Correctional
Services, Hon Velaphi Ndlovu MP;
083 625 0803
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Phendulani Biyase; 073 024