Vetting of Prison Staff Must Be Made Mandatory

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 correctional facilities.


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