Complaints over official’s transfer

2014-03-29 00:00

THE Durban-Westville Medium B official who was suspended last week for sending a picture of his genitals to a woman contractor at the facility has been transferred to another prison.

The official’s name has been withheld since he has not been found guilty of the allegation.

The suspension has angered the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), who have requested an urgent meeting with the prison’s senior officials.

“This cannot be happening. Where have you heard of someone who has been suspended being transferred to another work place?

“We requested a meeting and I received a call from the region confirming receipt of the letter. We will wait for an official response and a date for the meeting,” said Popcru spokesperson Kwenza Nxele yesterday.

He said the union was against any form of abuse directed at women at or outside the work place. “We have been receiving calls from our members complaining about the transfer of this official while he is under suspension. If you are suspended, you don’t go anywhere near the workplace until the investigation into your conduct is finalised. There has to be an explanation as to why this particular issue was not handled that way,” he said.

The Medium B section caters for offenders who are sentenced for serious crimes.

A source within the facility said the official was transferred to the Glencoe correctional facility where he will resume his duties on Monday.

Westville area commissioner Hento Davids on Thursday said it was alleged that the official had sent a photo of his genitals to the woman.

He said it was also alleged that the man had made advances to the woman on more than one occasion.

Davids said the official’s alleged conduct was under investigation and that he would not comment until the investigation was completed.

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