13 prison officials in trouble over strippers at Johannesburg Prison

Acting National Correctional Services Commissioner James Smalberger
Acting National Correctional Services Commissioner James Smalberger

Managers and lower ranking officials are amongst 13 people facing possible suspension as the Correctional Services department was on Monday left red-faced by images that surfaced on social media showing scantily clad women in lingerie entertaining prisoners.

“The intention was never to have strippers in the facility‚” Acting National Correctional Services Commissioner James Smalberger told a news briefing.

“That is unacceptable and we cannot tolerate that at all.

“I want to give assurance that‚ based on our briefing and our visit to the place where this happened‚ is that there is no taxpayer money involved in this ‘entertainment’‚” he said.

The department took the matter seriously after the images surfaced at the weekend and immediately opened an investigation into the circumstances.

“Thirteen of our officials will be contemplated for suspension” if they were found to have flouted departmental rules‚ he said.

“We will hear on Friday what the status of the investigation is.”

 

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