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Convicts, officials face 'challenging' conditions

By unknown | Aug 16, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The Correctional Services Committee visiting prisons in KwaZulu-Natal, has voiced grave concern about the state of some of the prisons in the province.

Chairman Dennis Bloem said yesterday conditions at the Port Shepstone prison were "pathetic". After visiting the facility, the committee resolved to give the area commissioner 90 days for a full report on what would be done to address the state of the prison buildings.

"We can't have a place in such a state being called 'a correctional facility'. I can't imagine when was the last time this place was renovated.

"Its condition is too bad and it was a sight for us to see. We would like to forget it as soon as possible. It's horrible," said Bloem.

He said there was a need for a new prison to be built. Prisoners could not live under those conditions.

He said, not only were the inmates forced to live under such "challenging" conditions, but officials were also working under the same conditions.

"They are bad for everyone and we need clarity on how they can be changed," said Bloem.

On Monday, the committee visited South Africa's maximum security prison in Kokstad where they found its prisoner population was less than a quarter of its capacity.

Though it was built to accommodate about 1400 inmates, the prison was found to be housing fewer than 350 prisoners.

The committee decided to transfer at least 200 of the country's most dangerous convicts from other prisons to the Kokstad facility.


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