Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
The education of children is a priority on the government's agenda and requires unhindered service delivery.
This is in line with the Constitution, which guarantees every child the right to education.
So it boggles the mind how certain officials in Gauteng's department of education forgot to timeously allocate funds to schools to buy books and stationery for next year.
More than 100 primary and high schools in Soweto could find themselves behind when schools reopen next year because they had not been allocated the funds for set books and stationery.
The school governing bodies have lamented that, even if the money was allotted now, it would be impossible to deliver in time because of protocols in the purchasing processes.
The money was supposed to have been given to the schools in May - five months ago.
This anomalous situation seems to recur annually with pupils always getting books and other essentials long after schools have reopened.
Always faced with all sorts of problems including teachers' strikes and lack of schools, especially in rural areas, the department cannot now deny children the education they so desperately need.
Children cannot be failed because of a blunder by incompetent officials.
They must face the music for this mess.