R40m for awaiting-trial prisoner outfits

2012-03-26 08:39

Uniforms for prisoners awaiting trial will cost correctional services nearly R40 million, according to a parliamentary response.

Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said in response to a question from ANC MP Winnie Ngwenya that 100 000 metres of material had been purchased to manufacture the uniforms, Beeld reports.

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.

Democratic Alliance MP James Selfe said R40 million was an exorbitant amount.

“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 prisoner?”

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.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Africa
Traffic Alerts
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.