Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
National police commissioner General Bheki Cele's remarks about an arrested British journalist were probably not a breach of the sub judice rule, but were nevertheless unwise, a law expert said yesterday.
"It's about the independence of the judiciary rather than a fair trial," said professor of constitutional law at the University of Cape Town, Pierre de Vos.
The Sunday Mirror journalist, Simon Wright, was arrested on Monday in connection with an England fan's intrusion into the team's dressing room after a match in Cape Town on June 18.
Wright has been charged with obstructing justice and contravention of immigration law.
On Tuesday, Cele told journalists that police believed Wright "orchestrated" the incident, and that its motive was to "put World Cup security in a bad light and possibly to profit from this act".
Wright's attorney complained in court on Wednesday that because the case was sub judice, Cele should at this stage not be commenting on its merits.
De Vos said the only sub judice case in the post-constitutional dispensation had been a 2007 Supreme Court of Appeal ruling on an eTV broadcast dealing with a murder. - Sapa