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?”

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