LATEST: 'We're not strippers’: Sun City Prison dancers

By Nombulelo Manyana
27 June 2017

Apparently, the "street dancers" have yet to be paid too.

Pictures of women in knee-high boots and lace lingerie dancing with inmates at a Johannesburg prison have recently been widely circulated on social media, causing an uproar.

The women were apparently allowed inside the Johannesburg Correctional Centre, commonly known as Sun City Prison, as part of a youth month celebration event.

In one picture, two women can be seen dancing with inmates in the prison courtyard while wardens looked on.

Accroding to Eyewitness News, at least 13 officials from the prison will now face suspension.

Acting National Commissioner James Smalberger said at a media briefing held on Monday that such an event should never have taken place in a correctional environment.

“What was not approved is this part of the entertainment, which is called entertainment but can never be entertainment for offenders who are serving sentences,” he said.

He apologised to South Africans, adding that a full investigation is now underway.

“We will make sure that those found guilty face the consequences of their actions.” #PrisonStrippers trended nationally on Monday, with South Africans taking to Twitter to express outrage - and crack some jokes.  

 

According to Sowetan Live, Busi Mahlangu from Sexy Lingerie and Boys, who was one of the women in the explicit images, said they were there on invitation and were not paid.

"We are professional street dancers and we had gone there on invitation," Mahlangu said.

"We were a group of three girls and three guys and the pictures that are circulating only show me and another female dancer.

"We were not even aware that someone was taking pictures of us and we are shocked that we are now being called strippers."

Sources: Eyewitness News. Sowetan Live. CNN.

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