Reduction in long-term awaiting-trial prisoners

2014-04-10 13:20

More than 380 awaiting-trial prisoners incarcerated for more than two years are no longer in prison, the correctional services ministry says.

Ndebele: Officials too slow for Derby-Lewis

2014-03-25 07:50

Correctional Services Minister S'bu Ndebele says officials were too slow to protect convicted killer Clive Derby-Lewis from being attacked for a second time.

Press Ombudsman dismisses minister's complaint

2014-03-03 21:19

A complaint by Correctional Services Minister Sibusisu Ndebele against three Independent Newspapers titles has been dismissed, the Press Ombudsman says.

Mangaung prison probe nears completion

2013-11-05 18:48

A two-pronged probe into allegations of torture at Mangaung prison will be completed in the next two weeks, MPs have heard.

UK's G4S denies Mangaung prison abuse claims

2013-10-28 22:31

UK security group G4S has denied that its workers had electrocuted and drugged prisoners at Mangaung prison, before government stepped in to restore order.

2012 the year of uprisings by inmates - report

2013-10-01 16:04

Inmates in South African prisons are becoming increasingly frustrated with their treatment with 2012 being characterised as “a year of uprisings by prisoners”, the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Centres has found.

12 000 prison officials 'corrected' - Ndebele

2013-09-19 19:29

Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele says thousands of correctional services officials have themselves "corrected" in the past three years.

Acting commissioner appointed - Ndebele

2013-09-09 16:45

Minister Sibusiso Ndebele says an acting national commissioner of correctional services has been appointed.

Prison population at 156 000

2013-08-27 16:42

Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele says there are more than 156 000 inmates in prisons around the country, more than a quarter of whom are awaiting-trial prisoners.

Church leaders must help cons - Ndebele

2013-07-28 21:03

Religious leaders should do more to rehabilitate criminals, says Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele.

Court postpones affirmative action case

2013-05-03 18:59

An affirmative action case by union Solidarity against the Western Cape correctional services department has been postponed, the union says.

Prisons dept defends R2bn consultants bill

2013-03-13 22:34

Prison authorities have defended their spending of R2bn on consultants, saying the bulk of the costs were incurred on the core mandate and business of the department.

Compulsory education for convicts

2013-03-05 11:53

Convicted prisoners who do not have a Grade 9 or higher qualification, will have to get one, Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele says.

Newspaper vendor gets bravery award

2013-03-03 12:30

A newspaper vendor who helped stop three prisoners from escaping has been presented with an award for bravery, the correctional services ministry says.

SA prisons most crowded in Africa - minister

2013-02-11 16:03

South Africa has the highest prison population in Africa, Correctional Services Minister Sbu Ndebele says.

Prisoners' behaviour appalling - Popcru

2013-01-08 16:11

The behaviour of prisoners who set alight Groenpunt Prison in the Free State is appalling, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union says.

Lifers granted day parole

2012-12-24 22:08

Four offenders sentenced to life imprisonment will be released on parole, the department of correctional services has said.

Focus on victims - prisons minister

2012-12-06 18:00

The victims of crime should be at the centre of the correctional services system, Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has said.

Public must help with prisoners' rehab

2012-10-28 18:23

Communities must take some responsibility for the rehabilitation of offenders, Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele says.

Ndebele seeks prisons turnaround

2012-10-04 11:46

Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has vowed to turn around the financial management of his department.

Drop in prison breaks in last decade

2012-09-06 17:59

The number of escapes from South African prisons has declined the past decade, Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele's office says.

Ministry denies transport regulations claim

2012-08-02 20:37

A claim that Transport Minister Ben Martins "snuck through" changes to the National Road Traffic Regulations is not correct, his ministry says.

Who approved Selebi release, asks DA

2012-07-25 20:17

The DA says it wants to know who approved the release of convicted former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi on medical parole.

Jackie Selebi granted medical parole

2012-07-20 10:55

Former police commissioner Jackie Selebi is to be released from prison on medical parole, Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has announced.


Prisoners to fill skills shortage gap

2014-03-30 14:05

More than 9 000 inmates have been trained as artisans in efforts to address the country's critical skills shortage, says correctional services.

Mother of KZN chief shot dead

2014-03-12 12:11

The mother of a KwaZulu-Natal traditional chief has been shot dead in her home in Dlebe, near Ulundi, the provincial safety department says.

3 000+ correctional officials charged

2014-02-24 11:05

More than 3 000 correctional officials had been charged with misconduct and corruption in 2012/13 financial year, the correctional service department says.

Big increase in prison rapes

2013-10-30 18:36

There has been a rise of more than 40% in the number of reported prison rapes and sexual assaults in the past year, according to Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele.

Ndebele to probe torture claims

2013-10-25 21:14

Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele says claims of torture in Mangaung prison will be investigated.

Staggie's parole a test - DA

2013-09-23 16:23

The DA says the parole of former Hard Livings gang leader Rashied Staggie is a test for the correctional services department.

Acting prison commissioner appointed

2013-09-10 10:15

An acting national commissioner of correctional services has been appointed because outgoing commissioner Thomas "Tom" Moyane had reached retirement age.

3 prison officials die in E Cape crash

2013-09-03 16:18

Three of the seven people killed in a Grahamstown car accident were Eastern Cape correctional services officials, the correctional services' department says.

Oversight delays oil pollution bills

2013-08-14 17:38

MPs have delayed processing draft legislation to make South Africa a full member of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund due to an oversight.

Offenders should get educated - minister

2013-06-14 20:15

Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has called on the youth in jail to use the time behind bars to develop themselves.

Robben Island prisoners 'released'

2013-03-22 18:30

A symbolic ceremony has been held to "release" 12 political prisoners who died on Robben Island, the correctional services ministry says.

Officials to learn from US prison laws

2013-03-11 19:16

Prison authorities are studying legislation in the United States for ways to re-introduce offenders back into society.

SA has most inmates in Africa

2013-03-04 08:47

South Africa has the biggest prison population in Africa and the ninth biggest in the world, according to the correctional services department.

Ndebele: Rise in mom-daughter inmates

2013-03-03 11:05

South African prisons are filling up with mother and daughters who have killed male abusers in their families, the minister of correctional services says.

Minister mulls parole requests

2013-02-05 17:38

Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele is considering the parole applications of over 300 inmates sentenced to life imprisonment, his department says.

Parly delegation to visit Groenpunt

2013-01-09 16:00

The portfolio committee on correctional services will visit Groenpunt Prison in Free State that was set alight by rioting inmates, its chairperson has said.

Prison riots won't be tolerated - minister

2013-01-08 10:04

Riots instigated by inmates in prisons will not be tolerated and will be dealt with firmly, Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele says.

Court: Inmates must get proper healthcare

2012-12-11 22:32

Prison authorities have a duty to minimise disease transmission, the Constitutional Court has ruled.

Officials must pay up after pothole crash

2012-12-05 20:10

A court has ordered the KwaZulu-Natal premier and the minister of transport to compensate a taxi passenger who was injured when a taxi overturned because of a pothole.

Prisoners to get compulsory education

2012-10-18 15:29

Adult education courses will be compulsory for prisoners from 2013, the department of correctional services says.

Ndebele visits prisons in Cuba

2012-10-02 21:54

Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele is visiting prisons in Cuba, Brazil and the United States to develop best practice models, his office says.

Ndebele: Young inmates need support

2012-08-30 17:17

Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has called on mothers to lend support to the more than 53 000 young inmates in prisons across the country.

Minister wishes SA sprinter well

2012-07-26 16:51

SA sprinter Anaso Jobodwana has received a special Olympic Games message from Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele.

Selebi's family grateful for parole

2012-07-20 17:39

The family and legal team of corruption-convicted former top cop Jackie Selebi are grateful that he has been granted medical parole, his lawyer says.

Focus on rehab, prisons minister urges

2012-07-11 19:30

Correctional services officers must focus on the rehabilitation of offenders so they can have a better life after their sentences, Correctional Services Minister Sbu Ndebele says.

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