Debate on CCTV Cameras in Jails Must Resume

05 November 2013    


The IFP calls on government to bring back the debate, which took place in the parliamentary committee meeting on Correctional Services, that CCTV’s must be installed in prisons.


IFP spokesperson on correctional services, MP Velaphi Ndlovu said “The recent prison violence which erupted between two rival gangs in Mdantsane prison is another example of why we need these cameras. A robust debate concerning CCTV cameras in our jails must be allowed to happen in order to curb such prison violence”


Gangs are rife in South African prisons across country, with the 26s and 28s being the most prevalent.


“We further extend our call that government must beef up staff complements in prisons, even opening more opportunities to young people to work there. We don’t want to experience the 2006 debacle where the Jali Commission of Inquiry found that there is a lot of criminal activity in jails. Strategies that can be able to deal with the many gang-affiliations within prisons must be implemented” said Ndlovu.


The IFP calls on the department of correctional services to partner with private sector vendors to identify the means by which offenders set up illegal operations in prisons and end them.



Issued by:

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


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