R40m for awaiting trial prison uniforms
Johannesburg - Uniforms for prisoners
awaiting trial will cost correctional services nearly R40m, Beeld
reported on Monday.
Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe
Mapisa-Nqakula said in response to a parliamentary question from ANC MP Winnie
Ngwenya that 100 000m of material had already been purchased for the
manufacture of the uniforms.
The rest would be bought in the new financial
year, after which the uniforms would be made and readied for distribution in
the 2013/2014 financial year.
Article 48 of the Correctional Matters
Amendment Bill would only be promulgated after the uniform manufacturing
process was completed, Mapisa-Nqakula said.
Democratic Alliance MP James Selfe said R40m
sounded like an exorbitant sum of money.
"I think the department is being charged
too much," he was quoted by Beeld as saying.
"Awaiting trial prisoners are transient,
so these uniforms won't be worn for very long. How many uniforms are actually
being manufactured? Can't they just be washed and handed to the next