Correctional Services to 'embrace change'
Johannesburg - Correctional Services officials were on Wednesday urged to embrace change by their national Commissioner Tom Moyane.
He called on all officials "to internalise integrity, commitment to excellence, responsibility and accountability as foundation values that are critical to overcome the challenges facing the department".
Moyane said those guided by these values had no reason to fear the department's transformation programme.
He was addressing about 100 correctional services managers from the Free State and Northern Cape region.
"No amount of blackmail through newspaper leaks and distortions will deter us from accelerating the transformation of correctional services," Moyane said in a statement issued by his office.
"I will drive the transformation of this department with your support so that correctional services cannot be a step-child of anyone, but a recognised institution that effectively contributes in ensuring that the people of South Africa are, and feel safe," he said.
"We must all be able to walk the streets with our heads high, confident that we have made our contribution to society."
Moyane commended all officials for the department's achievements in reducing prison escapes, assaults and unnatural deaths by over 90% over five years.
The correctional services department was recently rated the third best fraud and corruption fighter of 85 government institutions audited by an independent agency commissioned by the Department of Public Service and Administration.