Acting on an apparent tip off, a major stash of dagga, 16 drums full of it, was found at the residence of a member, employed by the Department of Correctional Services within the Leeuwkop Management Area in Johannesburg late last week.
The relevant member employed in a capacity of conducting maintenance work in the management area and therefore moves freely between the different centres (Medium A, Medium B, Medium C and Maximum).
If taken that approximately 1 gram of dagga sells for R 3.00 within the correctional centres, the value of the dagga found extrapolates into hundreds of thousands of rands.
The question always asked is how the illegal substance finds its way into the correctional centres, but taken the facts in this matter, I think a major and relevant question that clearly indicates that it is indeed the members employed that ‘increase and supplement’ their financial standing through acting illegally that act as ‘mules and or suppliers’ for vast financial gain.
The search conducted on offenders as and when they may move in and out of the relevant correctional centres, has to continue, but the search of members that accompany them, should be tightened.
A good modus operandi would be to involve an outside contractor that would man the main gate, and whom will conduct searches, and not have someone at the entrances that has personal relationships with other members who may be the ‘mules’ for bringing in the illegal items and or dagga into correctional centres or may even share in the financial gain derived from the illegal activity.
This is but the tip of the iceberg, and has been relevant in past media reports, everything in a correctional centre has a price and if the colour of the money is right, it becomes a way of members supplementing their income, where they do not have to wait three years for the outstanding OSD payment or the R1, 0 billion due to them for overtime worked.
The ones that are suppose to root out the evil, actually supply it for personal financial gain…….