30 October 2013
The vetting of prison staff must be made
mandatory, in order to ensure better security in our prisons.
IFP spokesperson on correctional services, MP
Velaphi Ndlovu said "Security measures must urgently be
implemented to establish an adequate level of prison security
that meets international human rights standards. The smuggling
of dangerous weapons, drugs and cell phones into prisons, like
in Westville prison, implicates some officials and visitors.
This defeats the purpose of a prison if these things are still
accessible to prisoners"
"Reliance on physical infrastructure and
equipment alone is insufficient. Effective security procedures must be
developed, even though this may take time and involve many
challenges. Conducting background checks, especially at senior
and middle management levels can go a long way in ensuring this
happens. Officials found to be involved in the smuggling of
items into prisons must be dismissed and face the full might of
the law" said Ndlovu.
The IFP further calls on the minister of
correctional services to work together with key industry
stakeholders to discuss the strategies necessary to enhance
prison design, management, operations and security for
IFP Spokesperson on Correctional
Services, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803
IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr
Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675