Wardens innocent of sex charge

2010-08-16 00:00

TWO senior officials of Correctional Services in KwaZulu-Natal have been reinstated after they were suspended in June following allegations that a woman prisoner fell pregnant while in detention.

Westville Prison area commissioner Zebulon Maname and the head of the female section in the prison, Zondwa Manqele, were reinstated this week. They were suspended on June 24 on suspicion that they may have played a role in the woman’s treatment.

Correctional Services spokesperson Manelisi Wolela said the officials’ suspension was lifted last week after an internal investigation cleared them of any misconduct. The incident allegedly involved a policeman and took place outside the prison “without the collusion or collaboration of the officials of Correctional Services as earlier suspected”.

A police sergeant has been suspended and is facing an allegation of having forced the woman to have sex while she was being taken to court. He is allegedly told her he could have the charges against her dropped.

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