National Assembly, 19th April 2011
Over the years the numbers of escapes from prisons have escalated,
which is evidence of imbalances in the Correctional Department,
because as the Inkatha Freedom Party we believe this is a result of
the corruption and unfaithfulness of certain employers. Therefore,
we call for discipline and dismissal of corrupt individuals.
Furthermore, it is unjust to release prisoners with chronic
diseases, or due to health reasons, to serve their sentences
outside, whereas in a long run they are seen participating in
controversial activities such as playing golf. This not only
undermines final judgments from the courts but it weakens our law.
There is no validity on the renaming of Prisons and placing this as
a priority, whereas there are important issues such as employing
more staff to work in prisons, because currently prison warders work
seven days a week which is not good for both the warders well being
and for the department as well as the prisoners.
Therefore, as the Inkatha Freedom Party, we recommend that the
department should consider involving the community and entrepreneurs
to facilitate in creating a safe society and in the building of
these facilities. The Department should also consider exploring
skills and the capacity of the inmates to build Correctional
I thank you
Hon: Prince Zulu