Warders awarded service certificates

2016-03-11 06:00
PHOTO: khaya magenu Ebongweni C-Max prison warders who were awarded certificates.

PHOTO: khaya magenu Ebongweni C-Max prison warders who were awarded certificates.

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EBONGWENI C-Max Prison is one of most secure jails in the southern Africa, from where no one has ever escaped.

The prison has CCTV cameras all over and an integrated security system, including pneumatic sliding doors and a three-level control system with a central control room.

Ebonweni C-Max Prison is home to violent criminals and those who have created problems in other prisons, however, it boasts some of the most disciplined warders in the country.

Prison management last Thursday hosted an awards evening at Ingwe B&B to acknowledge warders who have 10 years’ service and who have contributed to ensuring the prison is safe and presented them with certificates.

Speaking to Fever after event, the new Area Commissioner of Ebongweni C-Max Prison, Eric Mfenqe said they awarded warders who had 10 years’ services, which is a huge milestone.

“The warders showed discipline, they have been honest in their work and they have obeyed the rules and regulations of the prison,” said Mfenqe.

“Ebongweni C-Max Prison is a national centre and one of the best centres in the country and southern African development countries. It is only centre that castrates high-profile offenders, including notorious offender gangs,” said Mfenqe.

He said having officials of this calibre for the past 10 years has ensured there have never been any security breeches and they understand procedures and polices of the Department of Correctional Services.

“Department officials work as a team and have a high level of discipline,” he said

Mfenqe said the Ebongweni centre is working with different approaches as compare with other centres because they focus on security.

He said offenders who are brought to Ebongweni C-Max Prison are those who have breeched security rules in areas such as Gauteng, Western Cape and other centres.

“We want officials with integrity and who play a meaningful role to rehabilitate offenders, but we also want officials who respect the rights of offenders,” said Mfenqe.

Ebongweni Prison houses notorious gang members including a Houdini serial escape artist Ananias Mathe, a sugar-cane killer, Thozamile Taki, a well-known gangster from Umlazi, nine-time jail escapee Sbusiso “Tilili” Mzimela, a notorious rapist Mongezi Jinxela, a Nigerian terrorist Henry Okah, Czech republic resident Radovan Krejcir and many dangerous offenders.

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