30 January 2013
The IFP calls on the Department of
Correctional Services to implement more stringent measures in
the fight against smuggling of dangerous weapons, drugs and cell
phones into prisons.
IFP Spokesperson on Correctional Services, Mr
Velaphi Ndlovu, MP said, "This issue implicates some officials
and visitors in criminal activities.
Visitors should be properly searched and
monitored to ensure that they do not pass along any contraband.
Their food parcels must be scanned before they are given to
inmates in order to ensure that no items are hidden within the
food. These illegal items pose a threat to the security of other
prisoners and prison warders."
From inmate attacks to drug sales the prisons
no longer seem capable of deterring criminal activity.
Correctional Services needs to facilitate rehabilitation instead
of being a festering ground for more sophisticated criminal
"The recent prison violence in Pollsmoor
Prison in Cape Town, where an inmate was stabbed 21 times, is a
grave wake up call to the government.
Pollsmoor prison management must also find a
way to disband the operations of gangs in this prison as they
breed a culture of violence even within the prison walls. And
any official found to have been involved in the smuggling in of
weapons must not only be dismissed but must also face the full
might of the law," said Ndlovu.
Contact: IFP Spokesperson on Correctional
Services, Hon Velaphi Ndlovu MP;
083 625 0803
IFP Parliamentary Caucus Media Liaison
Officer, Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675