Mugabe 'frees prisoners as cash crunch bites'

2014-02-17 10:27

Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly ordered the release of at least 2 000 prisoners at a time when government finances "are desperately stretched".

The development comes a few months after an official told a parliamentary committee that more than 100 prisoners had died from hunger and other nutrition-related illnesses, claims that were later denied by Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

According to a report Deputy Commissioner of the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services in charge of administration, Huggins Machingauta confirmed that at least 2 000 inmates were expected to be released.

The Herald reported that the presidential pardon was expected to benefit mostly females and juveniles.

The report said there were 18 980 prisoners in Zimbabwe’s 42 prisons.

  • ChrisG29 - 2014-02-17 10:32

    I also had to free a prisoner this morning.

      Paul Lessing - 2014-02-17 10:37

      So I take it your birthday bash is still on then Bob? Hope you choke on a prawn

      Kobus Hattingh - 2014-02-17 10:40

      Eishh, now we can expect an even bigger influx of illegal immigrants :(

      Eterni80 - 2014-02-17 10:54

      the irony of a criminal freeing criminals because he bankrupted his country....

      Matt Rae - 2014-02-17 11:20


  • Jeremy Thewasp - 2014-02-17 10:42

    Mugape could probably carry the whole of Zim and it's population for a year just of his personal wealth. I am still gob smacked that SADAC saw no irregularities in the last election...where they ''paid off''? Its so sad ... TIA

  • John Stoltz - 2014-02-17 10:44

    Word has it that the prisoners were all issued with road maps to the RSA !

      Andrew Terr - 2014-02-17 11:48

      No ways,these are the sick and dying ones he will release to die at home.

      Attie Stone - 2014-02-17 14:22

      Reminds me of a few years back when all the Cuban 'exiles' were being allowed into the USA with open arms....mean while Castro had opened his jails & asylums, allowing that lot to join the exodus. We'll probably have a similar invasion.

  • Kenny K - 2014-02-17 10:45

    So guess what ?? the first thing these cons will do is head south, over the Limpopo, and come and rob and rape South Africans...the world is their oyster in this country..Mugabe you are a real tit !!!

  • Roddwell Mukaronda - 2014-02-17 10:46

    why does everything our President do draw so much attention and this time being a cash crunch,having studied South African Administrative Law a President has prerogative powers as done in the Hugo case ,so is this a bad thing after all after most of these people are women ?????

      Vaughan - 2014-02-17 10:49

      Huh? Do you speak English?

      Jeremy Thewasp - 2014-02-17 10:52

      @ Roddwell You call him a President??? WTF???? He is a Dictator Con Artist that has totally raped Zimbabwe of everything He is lower than scum and need to be tried in The Hague for Genocide!!

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-02-17 14:59

      Roddwell open your eyes . He is releasing them so they don't die in prison and make him responsible. If they die outside, he will just blame them or someone else for creating the situation. And yes he probably hopes that they will run over the border to SA.

      Rob Martin - 2014-02-17 16:45

      He lower than Shark S H 1T'S Shadow.

  • Roddwell Mukaronda - 2014-02-17 10:47

    why does everything our President do draw so much attention and this time being a cash crunch,having studied South African Administrative Law a President has prerogative powers as done in the Hugo case ,so is this a bad thing after all after most of these people are women ?????

      Mark Liprini - 2014-02-17 11:52

      Roddwell, your country has had a "cash crunch" as you put it for almost 25 years because of failed Marxist policies being forcibly implemented by an incredibly corrupt president and government, that have used selective genocide and brute force to achieve their aims and goals. Hyperinflation resulted. - your 'cash crunch". As a result foreign investment, tourism, agriculture and industry (all Forex earners - vital for your economy) were dealt almost mortal blows. Then to make it worse Mugabe introduced laws that make all foreign owned/based countries 521% Zimbabwean owned, and nationalized many small diamond mines - Hardly the stuff to encourage foreign investment and the inflow of Forex is it? Until you remove that man and his cronies from power and vote in level headed wise men and women into power who truly have the best interests of Zimbabwe at heart and NOT their own private agenda's, your beloved Zimbabwe will NEVER get back on its feet economically. Its your job to bring about change. Get at it dude, you can start the difference.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-02-17 11:14

    He probably hopes they will all move to South Africa.

  • Mark Liprini - 2014-02-17 11:22

    Talk about a country imploding under mismanagement and corruption. Cant feed the nation because he destroyed the agriculture sector single -handedly, so he blows whatever forex he has to import food at horrendous costs, cant pay the teachers, defense force,police, doctors,whatever. Now he cant even keep the criminal element off the streets due to cost. What a shambles.

      Siegfriedt Eckert - 2014-02-18 23:27

      Mark, what do you think is happening right on your doorstep?

  • Shawn Watkins - 2014-02-17 11:22

    Another 2000 criminals invading our country

  • Joel Mabeke - 2014-02-17 11:33

    ...and the white south africans will hire them and later they got killed and they blame black south africans.

      Jason Davidson - 2014-02-17 14:55

      Yea because the black South Africans are too lazy and want everything for free. We just can't win can we.

      Trevor Sammons - 2014-02-17 15:11

      Sometimes it's better not to comment.chop.

      Rob Martin - 2014-02-17 16:47

      And the black brothers hire them as well as Security guards with no form of identification

  • Michel Konings - 2014-02-17 12:03

    Self inflicted hardship in zimbabwe.

  • George Slade - 2014-02-17 12:18

    EFF model looks good in Practise !!! Put Mallie in Prison --asap.

  • Carla Smith - 2014-02-17 13:24

    2000 more votes for Zanu PF!

  • Rafal Janiszek - 2014-02-18 15:24

    Just wipe out their goverment with nuke, problem solved.

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