Drunk prison warder still on the job

2012-02-08 16:36

Cape Town - An Odendaalsrus prison warder who was filmed while drunk on duty is still at work, but is on a final warning, according to a correctional services official.

A 4-minute cellphone video taken in March last year shows how the warder, known only as "Pitso" is too drunk to stand up and shuffles around on his bum while on duty at the Free State prison.

According to the Delekile Klaas, the regional commissioner at the department of correctional services in the Free State and Northern Cape, the matter was investigated internally and the warder was given a final warning.

"It is really unfortunate and extremely embarrassing for anyone working for the department to see someone in uniform like this," he said.

The warder is still at work and there have been no queries as to his work since then, said Klaas. The matter was seen as closed.

He said it was unfortunate that the person who took the footage video would take it to media.

"It's a question of people just wanting to embarrass the department. We take these matters very seriously."

Reports of the video, which was taken in broad daylight at the entrance of the prison, surfaced on Wednesday.

It shows various colleagues laughing and making comments while Pitso shuffles out of the prison.

"It's very hard work to drink like that, are you going to drink like that tomorrow? Don't drink again, you hear" one of the colleagues remarks.

When reaching stairs, the warder tries to use them to stand up straight, but falls on his back when losing his grip.

Pitso later says, "If only I could stand up." After which a woman answers: "What are you going to do then, who are you going to chase then, me?"

He answers by saying "a, voetsek wena! then apologising to the woman saying "You are a woman, please forgive me."

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  • Willie - 2012-02-08 16:43

    What's new Jackson Mthembu is still on the job

      Helmut - 2012-02-08 17:14

      and he is still working on drowning his last active brtain cell.

      Jack - 2012-02-08 17:47

      What's new??

      StarStruck - 2012-02-08 17:58

      I see the faceless trol is back thumbing down all these comments. Wait wait I'll thumb down my own comment. LOL!!!

      Sipho - 2012-02-09 00:06

      eish, u mus remembers - no proof yet. video - she doesnt count, becos that was taken by an evil wistle-blower! so my bra wasn drunk on job - just alleged. maybe after 5 years of disciplines hearings, we may have more news - until then - he is free man.

  • Mike - 2012-02-08 16:47

    Judges, prison warders, members of parlement...... Does anyone actually try and care about morality in this new SA?

  • Comrade - 2012-02-08 16:49

    FINAL WARNING???? If i was drunk on the job..its an instant dismissal!! WTF is wrong with these people !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Tokelo MediaOwner Fako - 2012-02-08 17:18

      Pros of working for the Government.. Eish

  • Tammy - 2012-02-08 16:50


      Jou - 2012-02-08 16:59

      Hawu!! Thees ees not correct behaviour.

  • Steven - 2012-02-08 16:52

    Our tax money hard at work...

  • Kim - 2012-02-08 16:52

    Labour law states that he needs to attend AA. If this does not solve the problem then he can be dismissed. Then we are talking about a government employee and employer which these laws do not apply.

  • Danie - 2012-02-08 16:54

    It is very bad and I don't agree with any body in any position being drunk at work, not even an office worker at bank or private firm. BUT here is the fact - in the labour law it is seen as an illness - that is drinking. Therefore the employer has to assist the person in overcoming the illness by allowing them to go for treatment - rehab. Only if this does not help and it occurs regularly within the next year, can you dismiss the person. Same goes for depression and many other things that effects peoples work... The article doesn't state what cause of action or treatment were taken...

  • Willem - 2012-02-08 17:00

    we are africanizing S.A. Anything goes.

  • Muzi Mushraful Sququmadevu - 2012-02-08 17:00

    Its sad, really sad that our 'law enforcers' are actually breaking their code of conduct.

  • Thoka - 2012-02-08 17:06

    when going gets tough the tough hit the bottle, eish stress>>>>> Look its 17:00 already Cappelo & Newscafe wait for Me

  • Helmut - 2012-02-08 17:13

    The department takes these matters very seriously?? Then why is that pisscat still on the job? No wonder we have prisoners excaping all overthe show! Not only the warder, but the regional commissioner, should both be fired and locked up for incompetence. Bloody agents!

      David - 2012-02-09 09:08

      Helmut, I agree!! And the the COMMISSIONER says these videos are only released to emabarras the department. Well, there I dont agree. They are managing to do that on their own without the help of any videos or outside influence!

  • errol.wagner - 2012-02-08 17:16

    The State of the nation!!!

  • Frank - 2012-02-08 17:16

    It was supposed to be handled internally,he was only practicing for the top job.Give that man another Bells, and full pay!!

      Juan - 2012-02-08 17:40

      He must be after his boss's job. Good work champ!

  • StarStruck - 2012-02-08 17:26

    I fail to understand how government institutions structure dismissals and more importantly immediate dismissals. If this happened in let’s say a bank like ABSA or FNB the guy would be without a job and the CCMA would have not case because the staff member represents the business. In this case he happens to represent the ANC and the people paying his salary which includes me. This is just shameful stuff.

  • Aking - 2012-02-08 17:41

    Yebo, Yebo, Yebo, Yebo!!!! Eish..

  • Evan - 2012-02-08 17:41

    No wonder there are so many escapes!

  • kznshark - 2012-02-08 17:46

    Still employed? Not a very sobering thought...

  • Robert - 2012-02-08 17:48

    The worst thing about this whole situation is that he will still be promoted ahead of his white colleagues of the same rank.

  • Sandra - 2012-02-08 17:54

    I just hope he was not driving home in this condition, but made use of alternative transport!!

  • Joseph - 2012-02-08 17:58

    Typical ANC if they dont steal they are drunk

  • Joe - 2012-02-08 17:59

    If drinking is interfering with your work, you're probably a heavy drinker. If work is interfering with your drinking, you're probably an alcoholic. Either way - you are a winner!!!

  • Mark Milligan - 2012-02-08 18:09

    Pitso - more like Pissed O

  • jensuffhaus - 2012-02-08 18:15

  • Jacques - 2012-02-08 18:20

    One can see that this is really a top class warder pity he was attacked by the same spirits that are harrassing Juli Ass. He does look fit,in shape and very motivated . Eish and the circus goes on and on and on CRY MY BELOVED COUNTRY

  • johan.verwey - 2012-02-08 18:22

    He gets away with it because of his skin color. Let the thumbs down start for this comment.

  • Fourie - 2012-02-08 19:12

    wel wel and he keeps his job and get away with a final nice if he was white he would have been fired

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-02-08 19:44

    They did not release the footage to embarrass the dept , the dept embarrassed itself by not firing the guilty party !

      Grant - 2012-02-08 21:16

  • Derek - 2012-02-09 08:27

    He got his final warning..."next time if he doesnt share with the rest of his colleagues he will not get his promotion to brigadier"

  • john.moodley.7 - 2012-07-09 09:49

    1st the two warders banging in the hospital, now this, what next.?????

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