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'I'll reshuffle entire staff'

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Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

The station commissioner of Nelspruit police station in Mpumalanga has threatened to reshuffle the staff responsible for not feeding awaiting trial prisoners at the station.

This comes after Sowetan alerted him that waiting trial prisoners were locked in without food whenever they were taken to the Nelspruit magistrate's court for their trials.

Director Vusi Mdakane said yesterday: "I will not hesitate to reshuffle the whole staff under the circumstances because this matter has brought our good name into disrepute."

The plight of the awaiting trial prisoners came to light after prisoners locked in the holding cells complained that they were not receiving food in the cells.

Mpumalanga police spokesman Superintendent Abie Khoabane said that the prisoners started receiving their meals yesterday.

"I can personally assure you that the prisoners have started receiving their meals today and this will continue like that forever," said Khoabane yesterday .

Superintendent Sibongile Nkosi, the spokesman for provincial police commissioner Afrika Khumalo, confirmed that the situation had been rectified by yesterday.

She said the acting provincial police commissioner, Pumza Makhanya-Ojowuro, who had visited the station on Sunday and found it was true that the prisoners had been starved.

"She established that it was true, but the situation has been rectified. It was as a result of an administrative problem," Nkosi said.

The SA Prisoners Organisation for Human Rights has vowed to approach the office of Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour over the matter.


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