New guards start at Pollsmoor

2017-03-14 06:02
New prison officers have started at Pollsmoor prison and will work in different duties at the four correctional centres there.

New prison officers have started at Pollsmoor prison and will work in different duties at the four correctional centres there.

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There will be more hands on deck at Pollsmoor prison as 92 officers join the prison to beef up security.

The recruits were inducted at Pollsmoor on Thursday 2 March as they received their new badges.

They will make up for shortages in security, internal and external custody and administration in all four correctional centres at Pollsmoor and work as monitoring officers at the community corrections offices.

Guilford Lekata, area coordinator of corporate services, says the recruits from the 2015/2016 intake first received theoretical training and practical firearm training for three months. They have now completed nine months’ practical at various prisons.

As they were preparing to take on their new duties they were reminded of how they should behave.

“As public servants, officials need to be professional, effective and well-coordinated to manage state institutions. Pollsmoor is not just another workplace; it’s an environment where your skills are tested to its limit. A very strong and mindful individual needs preparation on how to deal with issues of gang activities and how to resist corruption in correctional centres,” area commissioner Clifford Mketshane told them.

He also told some of the parents who attended the insignia parade that his doors were always open, if they wanted to talk about misbehaviour of one of the officers.

Mketshane told the officers the secret to good work ethics was to respect those who went before you and to respect your ­supervisor.

“Remember to wait on your reliever, do not leave your post unguarded, don’t befriend those who are involved in smuggling and work as if it’s your last day on earth. If you implement these basic principles, then promotion will follow.”

One new officer, Thabisa Mazaka, says she had been waiting all her life to become a correctional officer and could not wait to start at Pollsmoor.

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