Prison: parole hunger strike

2008-08-15 00:00

Hundreds of Westville inmates have gone on a hunger strike in solidarity with five prisoners.

The five are suing Correctional Services over their prolonged imprisonment and the inadequacies of the department’s new release policy.

Prisoners feel the central management committee responsible for making parole recommendations often drag their heels in preparing reports and other documents for the process.

The case was adjourned until November 11 as the department requested more time.

Meanwhile, Correctional Services will address Parliament’s correctional services committee on the condition of Schabir Shaik, who is reportedly gravely ill, on Tuesday.

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