High price of canteen goods behind Joburg prison unrest

2016-10-26 19:09
(iStock)

(iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Unrest that broke out at the Johannesburg Prison on Wednesday morning was due to dissatisfaction with the canteen’s prices, the Department of Correctional Services said.

This was according to a preliminary investigation after bins were set alight in the prison’s Medium B facility, spokesperson Manelisi Wolela told News24.

The fire was put out, order was restored, and some inmates were treated for smoke inhalation.

"Some offenders have already been identified as instigators and will face a disciplinary process, which will include a criminal case," Wolela said.

In addition to unhappiness about the price of canteen goods, prisoners wanted to be allowed to get food brought in from outside.

An emergency support team was ensuring that daily operations continued as usual.

National Commissioner of Correctional Services Zach Modise warned that, while prisoners could raise concerns, the destruction of state property was unacceptable.

"Security in our correctional facilities is of the utmost importance and cannot be compromised. Unbecoming behaviour of offenders cannot be condoned and all those involved in such irresponsible acts will face the full might of the law," Modise said.

Read more on:    correctional services  |  johannesburg  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.

Embracing sustainability in tobacco agriculture

In Sub-Saharan Africa, farming represents a subsistence lifestyle for millions of people. In recent years though, the development of farming into an economic activity has made a real change in how the land is used in providing for the population.

/Africa
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.