F State, N Cape to free 2 800 inmates - report

2012-05-08 15:41
Bloemfontein - More than 2 800 Free State and Northern Cape prisoners will go free under the remission of sentences announced by President Jacob Zuma last month, the Volksblad newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Deputy regional commissioner Grace Molatedi told the newspaper 1 927 prisoners, out of 2 869, would be released from the Grootvlei prison outside Bloemfontein.

According to the report, Grootvlei was 114% overcrowded.

Zuma announced a remission of sentences on Freedom Day on April 27, which he said was in keeping with the spirit of the celebration of the country's 18 years of freedom, and in line with international practice.

He said there would be a six months' blanket special remission of sentence for all sentenced offenders, probationers and parolees. An additional 12 months' special remission would be made for all sentenced inmates, probationers and parolees, excluding those sentenced for aggressive, sexual, firearm and drug-related offences, and people declared dangerous criminals.

'We will not make faults'

Molatedi said victims had to understand that offenders could not stay in prison for ever.

"This we can assure you: we will not make faults [with releases]. Everyone released will adhere to stringent requirements and must have followed a rehabilitation programme. There is control even afterwards," she told the newspaper.

There was a remission of sentences when former president Nelson Mandela was inaugurated on 10 May 1994; on the first Freedom Day on 27 April 1995; on Mandela's 80th birthday on 18 July 1998; and to mark the first year of former president Thabo Mbeki's second term in office on 30 May 2005.

Molatedi said only 0.25% of those released in 2005 transgressed again.

According to the Volksblad, 220 offenders had already been conditionally released at the prison authority’s social integration centre in the Bloemfontein central business area. They had been held for less serious crimes. Offenders still in prison would be released from May 14.

Women offenders would be released from the Kroonstad prison on Thursday.
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