THE Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union reiterated its opposition to privatised prisons yesterday following its national executive meeting at the weekend.
"Popcru maintains a strong stance to oppose at all cost privatisation of prisons as it will compromise labour rights of our members," the union said.
The government is planning to start the construction of several new prisons next year.
Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in August said the first new prison, the Kimberley Correctional Centre, was expected to be commissioned in January.
Four smaller prisons should be completed in Klerksdorp, Nigel, East London and Paarl by 2012. - Sapa