Parole officers evicted for unpaid rent

2012-08-28 22:34

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Johannesburg - Parole officers were forced to operate from a pavement in Johannesburg after being evicted from their office because the rent had not been paid, the department said on Tuesday.

"Initially, our staff [was forced] to operate from outside the office in an attempt to keep systems going," said correctional services provincial spokesperson Koos Gerber.

He said alternative measures had since been put in place.

"The area commissioner of correctional services has arranged that the [division] temporarily operates from his office at the management area at the Johannesburg Correctional Centre or 'Sun City' as it is known."

Gerber was responding to an Inkatha Freedom Party statement that it was appalled at the situation.

IFP Gauteng caucus leader Bonginkosi Dhlamini said parolees and probationers were being registered and interviewed at a desk on the street.

"This ridiculous matter surfaced weeks ago, yet the department has not made the necessary action in an effort to resolve it," he said.

The division was evicted from its premises in Frederick Street in Johannesburg on 3 August after the department of public works failed to pay the rent.

The IFP alleged that the department owed around R2m.

Gerber said the problem would possibly be sorted out by the end of the week.

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