Parole gets bust

Public sentiment on the country's parole system is understandably cautious, given the prospect of ex-convicts posing a danger to society again.

Public sentiment on the country's parole system is understandably cautious, given the prospect of ex-convicts posing a danger to society again.

Experience shows that criminals released on parole do sometimes return to their errant ways.

This despite prisoners being regularly monitored by the Department of Correctional Services.

So it is disturbing that Armstrong Bheki Mkhwanazi, a rapist released on parole in 2004, last week confessed in the Johannesburg high court to having repeatedly raped at least six women - barely five months after being released.

What criteria were used to effect his release on parole?

The Justice Department and Parole Board should be held responsible for these rapes.

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