F State, N Cape to free 2 800 inmates - report

2012-05-08 15:41

Bloemfontein - More than 2 800 Free State and Northern Cape prisoners will go free under the remission of sentences announced by President Jacob Zuma last month, the Volksblad newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Deputy regional commissioner Grace Molatedi told the newspaper 1 927 prisoners, out of 2 869, would be released from the Grootvlei prison outside Bloemfontein.

According to the report, Grootvlei was 114% overcrowded.

Zuma announced a remission of sentences on Freedom Day on April 27, which he said was in keeping with the spirit of the celebration of the country's 18 years of freedom, and in line with international practice.

He said there would be a six months' blanket special remission of sentence for all sentenced offenders, probationers and parolees. An additional 12 months' special remission would be made for all sentenced inmates, probationers and parolees, excluding those sentenced for aggressive, sexual, firearm and drug-related offences, and people declared dangerous criminals.

'We will not make faults'

Molatedi said victims had to understand that offenders could not stay in prison for ever.

"This we can assure you: we will not make faults [with releases]. Everyone released will adhere to stringent requirements and must have followed a rehabilitation programme. There is control even afterwards," she told the newspaper.

There was a remission of sentences when former president Nelson Mandela was inaugurated on 10 May 1994; on the first Freedom Day on 27 April 1995; on Mandela's 80th birthday on 18 July 1998; and to mark the first year of former president Thabo Mbeki's second term in office on 30 May 2005.

Molatedi said only 0.25% of those released in 2005 transgressed again.

According to the Volksblad, 220 offenders had already been conditionally released at the prison authority’s social integration centre in the Bloemfontein central business area. They had been held for less serious crimes. Offenders still in prison would be released from May 14.

Women offenders would be released from the Kroonstad prison on Thursday.

  • Peter - 2012-05-08 15:53

    If they haven't finished the sentence rehabilitation or not they DO NOT! Deserve their freedom! They must learn there lesson... why am i even wasting my time commenting... Zuma does as he pleases...

      Vernon - 2012-05-08 16:23

      not only zuma but the whole damn lot do as they please.and pretty soon these 2800 will be doing as they please.

      Gieljam - 2012-05-08 16:53

      I think if this Government want's to reconcile and be serious in freeing anyone, free the so called boere mag misled political prisoners and other white activists , they are easily to find and track down should they not keep to their parole rules ( and wont play golf if they are terminal sick)

      Jacques - 2012-05-08 17:02

      Woudnt it be better just to build a bigger prison?

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-05-08 15:54

    Well, hopefully with the vast space in the NCape- I won't come across any one of them.SMH

  • Ken - 2012-05-08 15:57

    Should read 2800 ANC voters to be released

      Tony Lapson - 2012-05-08 16:02

      I would laugh if it wasn't true.

      Matthew - 2012-05-08 16:10

      On the ball there,Ken. could'nt have said it better

      Vernon - 2012-05-08 16:21

      @tony,i laughed because it is true

      Greg - 2012-05-08 16:27

      Nice Ken, spot on bud!!

  • Peter-Peter - 2012-05-08 16:15

    hahaha...i love how they make THEIR problems you really think that i give a rats a$$ that the prisons are overflowing?? Either A-build a new prison from the tax you screw us over with, or B- bring back the death penalty! finish en klaar! now we have to deal with these buggers, and the (sometimes) lazy police, have even MORE failure on their hands. Governments logic has really and truly gone down the drain

      Peter-Peter - 2012-05-08 16:18

      the guys come out worse than when they went in. Gangs 'on the inside', work in a way that you only get 'promoted' inside some of these guys would do something bad to get back in. im a do-gooder, and probably know more about prisons101 than these pri**s in charge

      barend.wasserman - 2012-05-08 16:38

      I agree with you Peter. Rather execute murderers and rapists than letting "offenders" go to create more space. Another thing. While I was in Zambia a few years back I noticed that the people there were VERY afraid of prison! First policy of going in is, Two weeks no food. If you are a murderer you NEVER get food. Unless you family brings you some you are dead. I suggest that prisons should be made like a living hell. Make it a fearful place and see number in crime shrink dramaticly. Use Zambia as an example.

      Peter-Peter - 2012-05-08 16:51

      thats awesome dude...a law like that will never be allowed here though :( 'Human Rights' (the very same rights these took from others), is too broad and needs a looking into. This 'blame apartheid because im a murderer/rapist' is rubbish. The death penalty is the ONLY way to go. Our constitution favors the criminals, hell, even if they are sent to jail for life, they get out again. i would love to know what the actual statistics are, for people in favor of bringing it back.

      barend.wasserman - 2012-05-08 17:03

      Yeah... You're right. Just a pity the "Human Rights Commission" do not see the fact that if you harm or kill another person that your human right should be gone. All they see is: "Shame... The poor soul was probably hungry. That's why he KILLED the husband and RAPED the wife in front of the kids to steal their flat screen T.V to sell for R100. Poor soul."

      Heiku - 2012-05-08 17:05

      Peter out government stuffs up all the time. This article a great example of such a stuff up. Bringing back the death penalty means that there is going to be state sanctioned murder of innocent people. That is just reality. And that is why I would vote against it.

      Peter-Peter - 2012-05-08 17:25

      Fair enough Heiku, but people aren't put to death 'just like that', in the states, people can be on the death penalty for 15,20 years. If indeed the people ARE innocent, then let the proof come out of the closet. With DNA testing etc, more solid proof is available to the judges to hand down their sentences. But, we cant justify wiping out entire families and even more heinous crimes etc without some sort of REAL punishment. It will definatly be a deterrent.

      Kent - 2012-05-08 17:36

      @ barend.wasserman. My uncle had a good idea. Petty crime 3 to 5 days no food and no water. Serious crimes 30 days no food and restricted water.

  • barend.wasserman - 2012-05-08 16:32

    I'm willing to put my head on an anvil. 75% of them will be back in there by year end.... Mark my words...

      Lebzadikgetsi - 2012-05-08 17:15

      The question is \they will be going back at whose expense\

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-05-08 16:35

    It's ok. They'll be back next month.

  • Kala - 2012-05-08 16:39

    The proverb "Crime does not pay" needs to be officially scrapped in this country. Its the best run and most profitable business at the moment.

      Heiku - 2012-05-08 16:45

      I don't know if anybody has actually ever believed that crime does not pay. It's high risk - high reward. Everyone knows that. In SA the risk is significantly less than elsewhere and the rewards are also dwindling because of an over saturation in the market of crime.

  • grant.chancellormaddison - 2012-05-08 16:44

    With crime so rampent in south africa you would think the government would want to protect it's law-abiding ,tax paying citizens..... That does not seem the case does it?

  • En - 2012-05-08 17:04

    I take it people simply refuse to acknowledge the statement... "excluding those sentenced for aggressive, sexual, firearm and drug-related offences, and people declared dangerous criminals". There are people sitting in jail awaiting trial for crimes (yes all crime is bad) that are on the complete opposite end of rape, murder and hijacking. I've seen old tannies in female prisons awaiting trial for tax evasion amounting to a few thousand rands. Of course if we had a proper justice system their cases would have been passed through the system by now. Anyways, I'm not agreeing with it....but dont think everyone in jail is a hardened thug.

      Heiku - 2012-05-08 17:12

      I'll have you know that we here at N24 have no time for balanced and well reasoned comments like this. In fact we find it highly offensive.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-08 17:54

      I think En should be jailed for this, Heiku.

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-05-08 17:28

    Fantastic maybe I should become a seems great.... I run the streets and when I get caught I get thrown into jail but only for a little bit because I will be set free again to run the streets again...

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-05-08 18:11

    Are you Fxxking kidding??

  • braamc - 2012-05-08 18:18

    Make room for the cANCer

  • rvbrink - 2012-05-08 18:55

    What do you expect from a shower head. It clears AIDS and everything else.

  • - 2012-05-08 22:12

    Shame must be lonely to be the only criminal on the lose, he needs company, people he can associate with.

  • robert.pienaar.1 - 2012-05-09 08:25

    Gieterkop wil sy broers by hom he. Wanneer dit tyd is om te stem is hy verseker van hul kruisies.

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