Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
A few years ago South Africa debated whether to include traditional healers in the mainstream and recognise them as equals of their Western counterparts.
The issue dragged on owing to dissent between black and white people, who argued that African healing methods were "inferior".
Double standards do not advance endeavours towards reconciliation and celebration of our cultural diversity.
Now before Parliament is the Traditional Courts Bill, which is aimed at giving traditional leaders powers to preside over trials and certain crimes.
But the bill has raised eyebrows from discontented "legal minds", especially the Association of Regional Magistrates of South Africa.
It questions the literacy of traditional leaders and say its members don't understand black legal customs.
So why haven't they learnt after all these years? African traditions and principles should not be judged by Western standards but on their own merits.
Why do we continue to view Africa's advancement through Western eyes? This country's legal training is to blame for perpetuating the notion that indigenous laws play a trivial role in the world.
Traditional courts have played a significant role in maintaining order. Criticise the system for failing justice, not justice for failing the system.