Contingency plan for Jhb jail

2009-08-22 19:32

Johannesburg - A contingency plan was put into place at the Johannesburg Prison after some warders refused to go to work on Saturday, the department of correctional services said.

Area commissioner Kenny Bouwer denied that there were any threats made by prisoners or that food was not given.

This after the SA Prisoners' Organisation for Human Rights (Sapohr) said that prisoners threatened to burn down the facility because they were told that they would not be allowed visits by family members or receive food.

"Everyone received visits, food was given a little later than usual, but the prisoners were all very understanding."

"There were no riots, or threats to burn down buildings," Bouwer said. He could not say how many warders had not turned up for work. Sapohr president Golden Miles Bhudu said that the Johannesburg prison was a "ticking time bomb".

Bhudu said the warders were on a go-slow in solidarity of 88 correctional officers who were suspended on Friday.

They were suspended following industrial action over the slow implementation of the occupation specific dispensation (OSD).

"The correctional services department wants to give an impression that everything is back to normal. But it is not," Bhudu said.