Amnesty: Westville frees 198

2012-05-15 00:00

WESTVILLE prison yesterday released 198 prisoners under the special offenders’ category.

The eligible inmates comprised 67 women, 128 youths, two disabled prisoners and one elderly prisoner.

Further releases of groups of inmates who fall under this category are scheduled to follow over the next two months.

A total of 5 722 inmates across the province qualify for the same amnesty. So far, 1 541 have been released.

Correctional Services spokesperson Nokuthula Zikhali said Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula had directed prison officials to release the special offenders’ category first.

Zikhali said a number of youth offenders who were homeless were scheduled to be taken to the Sakhi-themba place of safety at Illovo.

From May 15 to July 6, other offenders will be released in groups on each day.

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