A FEW weeks ago Sowetan published a story about Mangaung correctional centre inmates who were on hunger strike.
I am employed as custodian officer at that prison.
Even though some of the things that were published were not correct, I can safely say our government is wasting taxpayers' money by allowing G4S to continue operating that facility.
The conditions are worse. More inmates are on hunger strike and some are setting the cells alight because of frustration.
The company does not care. Not only are inmates being treated badly but the workers as well.
We are being underpaid, don't have bonuses, and even though we are working with dangerous convicted criminals, we don't get a danger allowance.
We only get a so-called special allowance of R80. We don't have housing allowances and we earn peanuts, but the government is paying millions of rands every month to that company. We have a union that is siding with management.
Can the minister of correctional services come out openly and tell us how much we are supposed to earn?
We heard that we are supposed to earn enough to enable us to live a better life but almost nine years down the line we are still earning less than R9000 a month, with no other benefits.
There are many things happening at the facility but unfortunately we are not allowed to let the media know because of so-called confidentiality clause in our contracts.
Concerned Employee, Joburg